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2023 Audi SQ8

Starting at $94,695

8.5/10 C/D RATING
2023 audi sq8 exterior
8.5/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Seriously stout turbo V-8 power, classy cabin design, exterior styling successfully walks the line between sporty and classy.
  • Lows Disappointing brake performance in our testing, poor fuel-economy ratings, can’t be had with a third row of seats.
  • Verdict The SQ8 adds impressive power and corner-carving chops to the Q8's luxury formula.
By Drew Dorian


With 500 horsepower and a suspension tuned for handling, the 2023 Audi SQ8's performance is a big step above the standard Q8 model's. It's also just as luxurious inside and still agreeable to drive daily. Its exterior styling is punchier than the Q8’s, with bigger wheels and more aggressive details, but it doesn't fully wild out like the racier RS Q8 and the mechanically similar Lamborghini Urus. A twin-turbo V-8 engine is the only choice here, and it comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic—a combination that rocketed the SQ8 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds at our test track. With its squat proportions giving it a sporty look, the SQ8 competes against other rocket-ship SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class.

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What's New for 2023?

All SQ8 models now come standard with fancier LED headlamps with integrated washers for 2023. The Executive package is new to the Premium Plus trim and includes dual-pane window glass to help reduce noise inside the cabin. The Prestige trim gains a standard remote parking feature, and new colors Waitomo Blue and Satellite Silver join the options sheet.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    All SQ8 models come with the best performance-enhancing features Audi can throw at them, so no matter which one you choose, you're getting the same driving experience. Still, we'd upgrade to the Prestige trim, which adds a host of driver-assistance and luxury features that include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a head-up display, fancier LED exterior lighting elements, soft-close doors, heated rear seats, and power rear sunshades.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    A twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 powers the SQ8, and it provides 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque; all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are both standard. At our test track, the SQ8 blasted to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, just 0.4 second behind the more powerful—but mechanically similar—Lamborghini Urus. The SQ8 provides agile handling and an athletic demeanor, but when switched into Comfort mode it exhibits a family-friendly ride quality, making it a true dual-purpose vehicle.

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    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    According to the EPA, the SQ8 is good for 15 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. However, we can't evaluate its real-world mpg until we run it on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the SQ8's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    As is typical of Audi's S models, the interior gains more standard features and fancier materials than the base vehicle. This includes black accents in the cabin and diamond-stitched seats, as well as carbon-fiber trim and contrast stitching. With seating for give, the spacious back seat and capacious cargo area are useful on road trips. Unfortunately, interior cubby storage is subpar.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      Audi decks out every SQ8 with a dual-touchscreen infotainment system and the brand's Virtual Cockpit reconfigurable gauge display. The almost completely digital cabin will appeal to tech-conscious buyers but not those who value physical controls for things like climate control. A Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are standard fare.

        Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

        Audi offers a suite of driver-assistance features as standard on the SQ8; that includes basics such as automated emergency braking, as well as more advanced adaptive cruise control functions. For more information about the SQ8's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

        • Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
        • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
        • Standard adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        Audi provides the same limited and powertrain warranty as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

        • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • No complimentary scheduled maintenance



        2020 Audi SQ8

        front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

        $107,490 (base price: $89,995)

        twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
        244 in3, 3996 cm3
        500 hp @ 5500 rpm
        568 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

        8-speed automatic

        Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
        Brakes (F/R): 15.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
        Tires: Hankook Dynapro HP2 Plus, 285/45R-21 113H M+S AO

        Wheelbase: 117.9 in
        Length: 196.6 in
        Width: 78.5 in
        Height: 67.2 in
        Passenger volume: 105 ft3
        Cargo volume: 31 ft3
        Curb weight: 5469 lb

        60 mph: 3.6 sec
        100 mph: 9.5 sec
        130 mph: 14.4 sec
        Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.1 sec
        Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
        Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec
        1/4 mile: 12.2 sec @ 112 mph
        Top speed (governor limited): 129 mph
        Braking, 70–0 mph: 173 ft
        Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.92 g
        Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

        Observed: 16 mpg

        Combined/city/highway: 17/15/21 mpg


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