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2022 Audi SQ8 Review: Puts The Fine In Refinement

by Deiondre van der Merwe

The Audi SQ8 is what you buy when you want blistering performance wrapped up in an undeniably attractive and practical package. As the German automaker's biggest coupe-style SUV, it's also the most expensive but with the heavy price tag in the USA comes plenty of deluxe standard features and general opulence. The SQ8 faces some tough competitors that include the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe. Is it up to the challenge? Well, its 500-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 is certainly something worth bragging about and the inside of this SUV is a lavish place that James Bond would enjoy spending time in. With its all-wheel-drive quattro system in place, the SQ8 is a surprisingly agile beast through the corners. And it has a big secret - while it may wear an Audi badge, much of what's under the surface is shared with the Lamborghini Urus.

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2022 Audi SQ8 Changes: What’s the difference vs the 2021 Audi SQ8?

For the 2022 model year, carbon-fiber interior trim is being added to all models, as are lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and rear side airbags - all of which were previously extra-cost options. There is a newly configured Executive package that contains items such as Matrix-design LED headlights, heated rear seats, extended leather trim, and ventilated front seats. Another new package is the Carbon Optic package that blacks out all the exterior trim and includes unique 22-inch alloy wheels, among other items. Red brake calipers can now be specified as a standalone option.

Pros and Cons

  • Strong engine
  • Impressive handling
  • Comfortable family hauler
  • Luxurious interior
  • Some wind noise makes it into the cabin
  • Its size is noticeable in the city
  • Numb steering feel

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2022 Audi SQ8 Trims

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
$93,500
4.0T Prestige quattro
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$93,500
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2022 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
  • Curb Weight 5,280.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

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

2022 SQ8 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 reason most people opt for go-fast SUVs is either that they need the extra space or because they value the extra comfort and don't want to sacrifice the thrilling performance that makes sunset drives so entertaining. Luckily, the SQ8 is equally adept at offering plushness as it is at inciting excitement in its pilot.

Adaptive air suspension does extremely well at soaking up the bumps on uneven surfaces, especially when you flip it into Comfort mode. Using Dynamic mode means that you'll be able to push the Audi a little more than you would expect in a vehicle of this size. The SUV does extremely well at providing a pleasurable commute around town, but it's at its best on the open road. With plenty of power on tap, the SQ8 will oblige whether you ask it for short bursts of power or if you need some extra punch at higher speeds. It's also a great companion for a twisty road thanks to its firm suspension that can be made even better by the addition of a sport rear differential and active roll bars.

2022 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

2022 SQ8 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 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 2022 Audi SQ8 A Good SUV?

The SQ8 is a brilliant go-fast SUV. It takes a lot to stand out in this segment, but the SQ8 manages to leave a lasting impression. For starters, it has a phenomenal twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to brag about. The engine is hooked up to an excellent transmission and the whole driving experience can be altered via the various drive modes to suit your mood. This means that it's just as comfortable during daily errands as it is tackling a mountain pass. Beyond blistering performance figures, the interior of the SQ8 is a really nice place to be. It's spacious and deluxe which is everything most shoppers look for in this segment. The tech is also of a superior quality thanks to Audi's MMI software. There's also its good practicality thanks to the 30.5 cubes of trunk space available. Overall, the SQ8 is an excellent choice to consider in this category, but as always, we recommend a test drive to see if you really need the S, or whether a standard Q8 will suffice..

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2022 Audi SQ8 Comparisons

BMW X6 BMW
Porsche Cayenne Coupe Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi SQ8500 hp14/20 mpg$95,500
BMW X6 335 hp21/25 mpg$70,100
Porsche Cayenne Coupe 335 hp17/22 mpg$77,500

2022 Audi SQ8 vs BMW X6

The two German SUVs are closely related both in terms of pricing and power outputs. The BMW X6 M50i puts out slightly more horsepower but the Audi has the upper hand in terms of torque. The X6 M50i is the better performer in terms of fuel economy, although that is perhaps less important in a performance-oriented SUV. In terms of performance, both have a whole lot of power at their disposal and offer impressive handling. On the inside, both of the SUVs are swathed in premium leather and soft-touch materials. They offer vast amounts of comfort and luxury in their cabins, but the Audi's infotainment setup is slightly more modern thanks to the dual screens. Overall, the Audi edges out the BMW due to its spacious cabin, larger trunk, and gorgeous design.

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2022 Audi SQ8 vs Porsche Cayenne Coupe

The Porsche Cayenne GTS is vastly more expensive than the SQ8, but it's less powerful. Both rely on different versions of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with the Audi producing 500 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque and the Porsche pushing out 453 hp and 457 lb-ft. Both engines come hooked up to intuitive eight-speed automatic transmissions, but few SUVs can match the athletic capabilities of the Cayenne at high speeds. Both SUVs have superb interiors fashioned from only the highest-quality materials, although Audi offers more standard features such as heated front seats. Both are on par in terms of exterior design. The Audi has a larger trunk. Thanks to its lower price and more space, we'd go with the Audi.

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