This top tier Audi luxury SUV comes with a V8 TDI engine with 435PS and 900Nm of torque. There are two model options available; standard or Vorsprung.
The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 owned by the Audi SQ8 TDI is the most powerful diesel engine available on the European market. It delivers 435PS and acceleration from 0mph to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds.There is also an electronic propulsion limit that kicks in at 155mph. to make this powerful eight-cylinder engine even better, it gets amplified by a sound actuator in the exhaust system that drivers can adjust to their personal preferences via Audi Drive Select.
An electrically powered compressor (EPC) asists the turbochargers when starting the SQ8 off and when accelerating at low speeds. The driving force behind the EPC is the 48-volt main on-board electrical system, which is also the backbone of the Mild Hybrid System (MHEV). When the accelerator is lifted between speeds of 34mph and 99mph, the Audi SQ8 TDI can, depending on the situation, either recuperate, travel with the engine at idle, or coast with the engine completely deactivated for up to 40 seconds. The system contributes to the high level of efficiency of the SQ8 TDI.
Taut, muscular surfaces and a coupé-like roof line create the perfect dynamic character of the SQ8 TDI. HD Matrix LED headlights feature at the front, and the three-dimensional signature of the daytime running lights and the tail lights displays a digital character. At the rear, there is a light strip, a characteristic of all the high-end Audi models, which emphasises the width of the SUV Coupé. Vorsprung models feature a black styling pack that accentuates the area of the bumpers, the single frames and the side windows.
Inside, you will find generous amounts of space thanks to the three-metre wheelbase of the SQ8 TDI. Super Sports seats with integrated head restraints and prominent side bolsters are standard. Depending on the upholstery choice, the seats feature either rock grey or anthracite contrast stitching. The Vorsprung models also come with climate control and massage functions. The three rear seats in the SQ8 can be moved forwards and backward as desired and, when it is positioned in favour of luggage stowage and its backrests are folded forwards, the luggage compartment has a 1,755-litre capacity - with all seats fully in place it holds 605 litres. An electrically operated tailgate also features as standard.
The SQ8 comes with two large touchscreen displays with haptic and acoustic feedback as its main elements. The upper display is almost invisible when switched off as it blends in with the centre console finished in a high-gloss black bezel. It is used to control the infotainment and navigation systems. The lower display can be sued for managing the heating and air conditioning, convenience function and text input.
The Audi SQ8 TDI is also equipped with a natural language control feature that even understands freely formulated commands and questions. To respond, the system uses information stored on board, such as the driver’s preferred navigation or special destinations, on the one hand and knowledge from the cloud on the other hand. While the online cross-referencing improves the recognition rate and quality of the results, the advantage of the onboard data relates to its rapid, reliable availability – even in the absence of a mobile network, say in an underground parking garage.
Other features included with the SQ8 are MMi Navigation Plus, Audi Connect, Audi Virtual Cockpit with performance layout, Amazon Alexa and myAudi App.
SQ8 Black Edition
In addition to the SQ8, the Black Edition trim highlights include:
In addition to the Standard trim the Vorsprung comes with: