2022 Audi RS Q8

2022 Audi RS Q8
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2022 Audi RS Q8 Test Drive Review: The Ultimate Three-Car Garage In One

Enthusiasts talk about the ideal three-car garage, but there is another option. Instead, you could keep your single-car garage and spend the money saved on just one vehicle that combines the power and handling of a supercar, the space and utility of an SUV, and the comfort and technology of a luxury car: the Audi RS Q8. The RS Q8 is a midsize coupe super-SUV living in the same world as the BMW X6 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe, and its close relative, the Lamborghini Urus, among a plethora of other super-powered crossovers in an ever-growing segment.

A brutal 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, catapulting the RS Q8 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Outside, the RS Q8's dramatic coupe-style aesthetic is a feast for the eyes. Inside is a ton of space with just about every piece of Audi technology available and accessed through several touch screens.

To see how it stacks up, Audi sent us a 2022 RS Q8 for a week-long test drive.

Read in this review:

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2022 Audi RS Q8 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Audi RS Q8?

Audi has made a few changes to its hottest SUV for the 2022 model year. The RS Q8 now gets adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam assist and active lane assist as standard. As part of the optional Executive Package, traffic sign recognition and intersection assist are now available. Audi is also offering an available RS-design package in either red or gray. This package includes unique seat belts and floor mats, an Alcantara steering wheel with contrast stitching, and more Alcantara on the gear shifter and center console.

Pros and Cons

  • Dramatic acceleration
  • Looks the part
  • Excellent driving dynamics
  • High-tech cabin design
  • Far cheaper than the Lamborghini Urus
  • Over-reliance on touchscreens
  • Dismal fuel economy
  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe is better to drive

What's the Price of the 2022 Audi RS Q8?

The price of the Audi RS Q8 starts at an MSRP of $115,400. This price excludes options, taxes, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,095. The RS Q8 has a longer options list than most Audis so it is possible to load it with extras to the point that you'd be spending north of $150,000.

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2022 Audi RS Q8 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
4.0 TFSI quattro
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$119,900
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2022 RS Q8 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 197.3 in
  • Wheelbase 117.9 in
  • Height 66.7 in
  • Max Width 78.7 in
  • Front Width 66.6 in
  • Rear Width 66.7 in
  • Curb Weight 5,490.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Galaxy Blue Metallic +$595
  • Dragon Orange Metallic +$595
  • Matador Red Metallic +$595
  • Nardo Gray

2022 RS Q8 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Audi RS Q8 has plenty of ways to adjust the drive settings, but ultimately it has two distinct states on the road. One is deliciously smooth comfort, and the other is frantic grin-inducing brutalism. As a day-to-day driver, the driving experience is well insulated while the adaptive air suspension smooths out even the roughest of roads. The only noise creeping through is the sound of the wide sticky tires on the tarmac, but it's a testament to engineering that the big wheels and low-profile tires aren't allowed to make the ride jarring at any point. The transmission makes itself invisible. Acceleration is smooth and easily controlled, while the quick steering, equipped with rear-axle steering as a bonus, makes the large crossover surprisingly maneuverable and nimble on city streets.

Poke the accelerator aggressively, though, and the RS Q8 roars into a different state of mind. The front lifts up, and the scenery starts passing by at a rate supercar drivers are much more used to. Dynamic mode makes the transformation stick as the air suspension hunkers down and the transmission starts changing gears ridiculously quick. The grip seems never-ending thanks to technology like the torque-vectoring rear differential and electronically controlled anti-roll bars. The engine is relentless in its power delivery and eagerness to just keep accelerating. The brakes are confidence-inspiring in shaving off speed for the next corner or coming to a stop quickly.

Getting stuck into back roads, and it seems absurd that a big crossover can chew up and spit out corners with such confidence. A supercar may be able to lay down more performance, but like a supercar, the RS Q8 needs to be taken to a track to be fully exploited. After a while, calling the RS Q8 an SUV or crossover seems nonsensical, and we started thinking of it more like a massively oversized hot hatchback with a dose of hyperspeed imbued in its soul.

2022 RS Q8 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.6 in
  • Front Head Room 37.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

2022 RS Q8 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 RS Q8 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Audi RS Q8 A Good SUV?

While the Audi RS Q8 SUV is a cousin to the Lamborghini Urus, it's a very different animal that doesn't carry the obnoxiousness of the Italian supercar brand. It's a little down on power over the Urus, but only Urus buyers will care about that. The fact is that the RS Q8 goes like a bat out of hell, has a sublimely brilliant chassis and suspension setup, one of Audi's finest cabins yet, and a family-load of cargo space in the back. It also pulls off a trick that Audi has seemingly perfected - it's stylish and classy enough to roll passengers up to a red carpet but downplayed enough not to draw too much attention in traffic. For a super crossover, we're convinced it's as close to perfect as an automaker has got so far.

If you want a single takeaway point from our Audi RS Q8 review, it's this - there is no better crossover that blends luxury, refinement, and performance in a single practical package.

What Audi RS Q8 Model Should I Buy?

There's only one Audi RS Q8 trim level, so the buying choice is easy if you're someone that wants their three-car garage in one. From there, it's all about the packages and we say just go ahead and upgrade to the Bang and Olufsen 3D sound system before examining the other options. We're not convinced the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel is a great idea over time, and the RS Q8 doesn't need the RS Design package in general. Instead, we would look at the Luxury Package and take advantage of the extended leather, a black Alcantara headliner, front massaging seats, and electric sunblinds.

The Executive package is ideal if there are going to be professional people carried around in the back seats a lot. The Black optic package is tempting just for the gorgeous Sport five-Y-spoke wheels, but we would ignore the carbon-ceramic brakes and night-vision in the grand scheme of things. It's a matter of taste, but we think the Carbon optic package is just a bit too much.

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2022 Audi RS Q8 Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi RS Q8591 hp13/20 mpg$125,800
Audi SQ8 500 hp14/20 mpg$95,500
Lamborghini Urus 641 hp12/17 mpg$225,500

2022 Audi RS Q8 vs Audi SQ8

The SQ8 is a less powerful version of the Q8 but retains a twin-turbo V8. It manages 500 hp and 568 lb-ft compared to the RS Q8's 591 hp/590 lb-ft. As a result, the SQ8 needs 0.6 seconds longer to reach 60 mph. The SQ8 has a more subtle appearance as well; its wheels are an inch smaller in size and it's much more easily mistaken for a regular Q8, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. On the plus side, the SQ8 is still a very quick SUV and it starts at over $25,000 less in Premium Plus trim. Even the SQ8 Prestige with ventilated front seats and a head-up display - features not standard on the RS Q8 - is over $15,000 cheaper. We understand the appeal of the RS Q8 being Audi's ultimate SUV, but even it isn't the most thrilling vehicle in the segment. All things considered, a fully loaded SQ8 seems like a good deal.

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2022 Audi RS Q8 vs Lamborghini Urus

These two SUVs share the same MLB Evo platform but each has a distinctive character. Unsurprisingly, it's the Lamborghini that's the more extroverted vehicle, both in the way it looks and in the way it handles. The Lambo is engaging and raw in a way the more demure Audi isn't. The Urus is also more powerful and, therefore, quicker, even though both use the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. There's also no question that sitting behind the wheel of a Lamborghini evokes a more memorable reaction than getting into the Audi. It's a privilege you have to pay heavily for, though, because the Urus is almost $100,000 more expensive. We don't believe that the Urus is $100k better than the Audi, but if money is no object, it's the Lamborghini we'd want to park in the garage.

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