The brand name Audi itself is self-explanatory of some virtues that is known by the car lovers worldwide. Although the brand is known mostly for its ‘A class’ styling and luxury tweaks, performance has been equally superior, in all its models, irrespective of its body type. But now Audi has shown its keen interest in joining the mainstream competition of launching the most capable SUV, and even here Audi didn’t allow other brands to override its ambitions. Hence, the 2019 Q8 from Audi remains to be the most capable performance oriented SUV for the 2019 year market, and here’s how we found the reasons.
We took a test drive with the 2019 Audi Q8 at the nearest Audi car dealership we found, and the experience said it all.
Noticeable Changes for 2019
With the 2019 model release of the Q8, Audi changed its course from its luxury flagship models to the crossover SUVs. For this year at least, it has skipped the roofline that had deep rooted cuts into the head room and no doubt looked trendy and racy. But for some change of mind, Audi discontinued this design trait and concentrate more on moving things towards a more raging performance.
The entire lineup shares the same powertrain that consists of a 3.0-liter V-6 turbocharged engine tuned to an 8-speed automatic transmission that can make 335 of horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. To conform to the full-fledged SUV manners, Audi has enabled all-wheel-drive system on the all the trim models as standard. The Q8 also arranged for a 48-volt power system to help the engine rest at times while achieving a better score on its total mileage, that however could manage a meagerly 19-mpg of EPA rating from a combined trip of city and highway drives.
Announcing performance to be the calling card of the 2019 Q8, Audi has steered it completely towards performance and has taken some wise actions to strengthen the quality of performance. The earlier steel suspension has been replaced with adaptive dampers, while the 20-inch wheels and higher are used to increase the ride height to ensure a highly comfortable ride. There is also an optional air suspension parallelly available to either raise or lower down the Q8 in measurement by fractions of an inch, while adding rear-wheel steering to achieve enhanced maneuverability especially around the parking lots.
With this powertrain on board, the 2019 Audi Q8 sprints up to 60 mph in a time lesser than six seconds and has shown its capability to tow a weight of 5,000-pound, which is much on the higher side of the segment.
Audi as an experienced auto brand knows that performance suffers even with the best powertrain configurations, if a vehicle is not safe enough to drive. Firstly it will make the driver feel nervous and that would affect the driving inputs to a large scale leading to a demoralizing performance. Hence Audi has equipped the 2019 Q8 with all the latest safety features as standard. You can drive the Q8 with a peaceful mind, while the safety features like the automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control and active lane control, take care of the road hazards.
Overall, at the Bakersfield car dealer, we felt that Audi has proved its mettle once again in the segment of SUV through the 2019 Q8, which is doing justice to all its efforts.