2021 Audi SQ8

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2021 Audi SQ8 Review: Soccer On The Streets, Sport In The Sheets

When buying a car twenty years ago, you could choose between a select few body styles - if you wanted a coupe, you got a coupe; if you wanted an SUV, you got an SUV. Fast forward to 2021, and you can now get a coupe-style SUV like the 2021 Audi SQ8, with enough performance to blow most 1980s supercars out the water. It delicately straddles the line between family-friendly and brutal performance. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 TFSI engine that produces 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, the SQ8 can sprint to 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds and carry a troupe of golden retrievers in the back while doing so. The SQ8 SUV goes up against some capable competitors in the USA, including the BMW X6 M50i and Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe.

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2021 Audi SQ8 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 SQ8?

Not much has changed for the second-generation 2021 Audi SQ8, but there is one subtle update to speak of. The SQ8 SUV lineup now comes standard with a toll-payment system built into all configurations.

Pros and Cons

  • Tons of power
  • Refined interior
  • Supple ride
  • It's practical
  • You can still have fun with it
  • Wind noise issues
  • It's not a city car
  • Numb steering feel

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2021 Audi SQ8 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
4.0T Premium Plus quattro
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$89,100
4.0T Prestige quattro
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$89,100

SQ8 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 196.6 in
  • Wheelbase 117.9 in
  • Height 67.2 in
  • Max Width 78.5 in
  • Front Width 66.1 in
  • Rear Width 66.6 in

Exterior Colors

  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Vicuna Beige Metallic
  • Galaxy Blue Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Matador Red Metallic
  • Dragon Orange Metallic
  • Orca Black Metallic
  • Carrara White
  • Night Black

SQ8 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The 2021 SQ8 is powered by a 4.0-liter 8-cylinder TFSI gas engine producing 500 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Outputs are sent to the quattro all-wheel drivetrain via an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers a massive torque punch, and turbo lag is almost nonexistent. The V8 engine also elicits a decent growl when you stomp on the loud pedal, as it guzzles up your fuel to sate its hunger. Nail the perfect launch, and the SQ8 will get to 60 mph in the low four-second range and reach a top speed of 155 mph when fitted with summer tires. Properly equipped, the potent SUV has a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs.

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

SQ8 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    22.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 15/21 mpg
* 2021 Audi SQ8 Prestige TFSI quattro

SQ8 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

SQ8 Trunk and Cargo Space

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SQ8 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 2021 Audi SQ8 a good SUV?

In a market flush with go-fast SUVs, the 5-door Audi SQ8 stands out as one of the better ones this year. For starters, it's one of the best-looking SUVs out there thanks to its sleek coupe styling, and there are just enough aggressive design features to make you know that this machine means business. On the inside, it's all typically Audi: the build quality and material choices are excellent, and the tech is up to date. Under the hood, that twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 delivers enough power to sucker-punch most sports cars from the lights but is also very refined when need be. As a family vehicle, the SQ8 works brilliantly and offers a generous amount of trunk space for all your family-focused needs. Sure the Porsche handles better, and the BMW is slightly quicker to 60 mph, but this is still an excellent choice. In review, the Audi SQ5 is a great family car, and it has the reliability and safety rating to back that up, even if it does seem more like a reckless speedster at times.

🚗What Audi SQ8 Model Should I Buy?

The top-tier Prestige model of the 2021 Audi SQ8 SUV has a price of $95,000, which we think is a fair deal for everything you get. This includes a few nice-to-haves such as heated rear seats, an upgraded interior, and a head-up display. In terms of optional extras, we'd go for the $5,900 Sport Package, which adds a Quattro sport rear differential, active roll stabilization, and red brake calipers (which adds 10 hp per caliper). If you can't dish out the extra bucks for the Prestige, the Premium Plus still feels decidedly premium. You can't go wrong here.

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