8.8 / 10

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The internet loves to hate on SUV "coupes" for their ridiculous styling and cramped cabins. I will admit that I do find the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE's humpback shape to be a bit ungainly, but overall, I don’t despise coupe-UVs as much as the vocal minority on Twitter does.

The 2022 Audi SQ8 is the least offensive of the bunch thanks to its refined shape. In fact, Audi made its coupe-UV actually look really great, similar to Porsche. Thanks to its normal-ish roofline, the back seat is big enough to shove two adults into without the worry of ruining friendships, and the amount of technology inside is impressive. The cherry on top is an excellent twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 500 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just 4.3 seconds.

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Quick Stats Audi SQ8 Prestige
Engine Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8
Output 500 Horsepower / 568 Pound-Feet
0-60 MPH 4.3 Seconds
Base Price $70,800 + $1,195 Destination
As-Tested Price $111,340

Gallery: 2022 Audi SQ8 Review


  • Exterior Color: Florett Silver 
  • Interior Color: Arras Red
  • Wheel Size: 22 Inches

Again, the SQ8 doesn't look as ridiculous as some of the alternatives. Although the rear end is definitely more angular than the Q7, it doesn't go so far in the other direction that it might turn off most shoppers. My biggest issue here is that Florett Silver is such a bland color for this otherwise very sporty SUV. Pay extra for Dragon Orange – it's so much cooler.

Up front, the elongated octagonal grille has shiny black inserts with a matching black surround as part of the $2,200 Black Optic package, which gives the SQ8 an angrier face and sharper 22-inch V-spoke wheels. Standard matrix LED headlights occupy the upper corners of the fascia while two huge corner vents live at the base.

The gorgeous Arras Red Valcona leather inside offers a much-needed reprieve from the boring silver exterior. The quilted and perforated sport seats look lovely alongside Alcantara door accents and carbon fiber trim, while Audi uses weighty aluminum for fixtures like the shifter and portions of the steering wheel. 

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  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Seating Configuration: 2 / 3
  • Cargo Capacity: ​​30.5 / 60.7 Cubic Feet

The SQ8’s seats are sublime. Like a lot of Audi S and RS models I’ve tested, it feels like someone poured me into the front buckets; the seating position is perfect, the bolstering is excellent, and the leather feels of the highest quality. Having heating, ventilation, and a massage function (the latter as part of the $2,900 Luxury package) certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

The ride quality falls somewhere between firm and too firm. The adaptive air suspension keeps the SQ8 feeling amenable in Comfort mode; the ride is soft and supportive enough that you won’t need to see a chiropractor afterward. The one big downside, obviously, is that passenger and cargo space is limited compared to a normal-roofed SUV. 

Technology & Connectivity

  • Center Display: 10.1-Inch Touchscreen
  • Instrument Cluster Display: 12.3 Inches
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto: Yes/Yes

With three screens inside, the SQ8 is feature-rich. The central touchscreen has a robust home layout with crisp graphics, which makes most things easy to access with one touch. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The lower climate control screen is less likable given that you have to look down low on the console for certain functions; a bank of buttons or dials would be better here. And the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster offers countless customization options, including things like full-screen navigation, which makes the optional head-up display almost feel like overkill. 

Performance & Handling

  • Engine: Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8
  • Output: 500 Horsepower / 568 Pound-Feet
  • Transmission: Eight-Speed Automatic

Here’s where things get really good. Although the 591-horsepower RS Q8 is still the top dog of the group, the SQ8 is an exceptional performer. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is only 91 horsepower shy of the hot-pot RS model, which means the SQ8 launches off the line and on to 60 miles per hour in just over four seconds. This SUV is ferociously quick.

Tick the drive mode dial over to Dynamic and everything tightens up; the eight-speed transmission is quicker, the adaptive air suspension is stiffer, and the steering gains some artificial heft. The SQ8’s corner-carving abilities would be impressive for a vehicle half this size, let alone a 5,200-pound luxury SUV.

  Engine Output 0-60
Audi SQ8 Twin-Turbo 4.0L V8 500 HP / 568 LB-FT 4.3 Seconds
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Turbo 3.0L I6 Hybrid 429 HP / 384 LB-FT 5.2 Seconds
BMW X6 M50i Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8 523 HP / 553 LB-FT 4.1 Seconds
Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe  Twin-Turbo 4.0L V8 453 HP / 457 LB-FT 5.9 Seconds


  • Driver Assistance Level: SAE Level 2 (Hands-On)
  • NHTSA Rating: Not Rated
  • IIHS Rating: Not Rated

Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and lane-centering all come standard on the SQ8. Audi currently doesn’t offer any Level 2 hands-free driving systems, but the combo of adaptive cruise control and lane-centering means you can cruise comfortably for hundreds of highway miles while the vehicle brakes, accelerates, and keeps within the lane for you. 

Fuel Economy

  • City: 15 MPG
  • Highway: 21 MPG
  • Combined: 17 MPG
  City Highway Combined
Audi SQ8 15 MPG 21 MPG 17 MPG
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 17 MPG 21 MPG 19 MPG
BMW X6 M50i 16 MPG 22 MPG 18 MPG
Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe  15 MPG 19 MPG 17 MPG


  • Base Price: $70,800 + $1,195 Destination
  • Trim Base Price: $96,695
  • As-Tested Price: $111,340

The gulf between the base 2022 Q8 and the SQ8 is an eye-watering $25,200. That means you really have to want the performance trim if you’re willing to spend that much extra cash. Going for the full-bore Prestige model adds an extra $6,200 on top of that, but it includes dual-pane glass everywhere, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and the Executive package, which adds heated rear seats, power window shades, and more.

But assuming you don’t really need some of those fancy options, the Executive package is also available for a cool $2,400 on the base SQ8 Premium Plus and it comes with all the same features. That includes heated rear seats, ventilated front seats with four-way lumbar support, and upgraded ambient lighting.

The Luxury package included on this car is worth the $2,900 splurge for the Alcantara headliner alone, but also adds more leather and a front massage function, while the $2,200 Black Optic package adds those awesome black accents and upgraded wheels. All told, this tester costs $111,340 – which is indeed pricey. The base RS Q8 costs just under $120,000, by comparison.

  Base Price Trim Base Price Competitive Spec
2022 Audi SQ8 $71,995 $96,695 $111,340
2023 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 $82,350 $82,350 $94,290
2023 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe $82,150 $117,250 $129,690

Photo Credit: Jeff Perez For, Audi

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What Does The Audi SQ8 Compare To?

The Audi SQ8 competes against other performance "coupe" SUVs like the BMW X6, Mercedes-AMG GLE 53, and Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe.

What Is The Audi SQ8’s 0-60 Time?

The Audi SQ8 can hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.3 seconds. That’s quicker than the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe and the Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe; the BMW X6 is still a touch quicker.

Is The Audi Q8 Bigger Than The Q7?

No, the Q7 is slightly bigger than the Q8. The Q7 is 199.3 inches long and has a third row of seats while the Q8 is 196.6 inches long and does not offer a third row of seats.

2022 Audi SQ8 Prestige

Engine Twin-Turbo 4.0-Liter V8
Output 500 Horsepower / 568 Pound-Feet
Transmission Eight-Speed Automatic
Drive Type All-Wheel Drive
Speed 0-60 MPH 4.3 Seconds
Maximum speed 155 MPH (electronically limited)
Efficiency 15 City / 21 Highway / 17 Combined
Weight 5,280 Pounds
Seating Capacity 5
Cargo Volume 30.5 / 60.7 Cubic Feet
Base Price $70,800 + $1,195 Destination
Trim Base Price $96,695
As-Tested Price $111,340
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