2021 Audi RS Q8 review

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  • Nimble, energetic handling
  • Luxurious, well-trimmed interior
  • Zippy acceleration
  • Smooth ride


  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Brake feel could be more responsive
  • Feels hefty

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 19 highway, 15 combined

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Family hauler that delivers high performance

The 2021 Audi RS Q8 is a triple threat on the road. It’s got the impressive performance you’d expect from an RS model, with a top speed of nearly 190 mph. It boasts the bold design of a premium coupe with Audi’s signature styling. It also delivers everyday driving practicalities, including plenty of legroom and headroom in front and back and ample cargo space (up to 60.7 cu-ft) for groceries, luggage, and outdoor gear. In other words, it’s a serious upgrade over a conventional family vehicle for a driver who craves power, prestige, and thrills on the road.

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What is new for the 2021 Audi RS Q8?

  • Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.

2021 Audi RS Q8 trims

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  • 591-hp, 590-lb-ft of torque 4.0L
  • Sunroofs
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Memory Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Leather Seats
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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Audi RS Q8

1. It’s fast 

If you’re looking for a family SUV that doesn’t skimp on speed, check out the 2021 Audi RS Q8. It completed a lap on the renowned Nürburgring racetrack in just 7 minutes and 42.2 seconds—a record at the time of production. While it’s unlikely you’ll experience the RS Q8’s top speed of 189 mph firsthand, you’ll appreciate going from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds the next time you hit the open road.  

2. Ample cargo space 

Looking for a high-performance SUV that still has plenty of room for your family’s groceries, luggage, and sports gear? The 2021 Audi RS Q8 has you covered with an impressively large cargo space. Behind the back seats, you’ll find 30.5 cu-ft of storage space (enough for approximately eight carry-on suitcases). Fold the seats down to get nearly double (60.7 cu-ft) of room for cargo, which can be helpful for trips to the home improvement store.  

3. Eight driving modes 

No matter your driving style or the road conditions, you can find a setting that works for you on the 2021 Audi RS Q8. It offers eight distinct driving modes, including comfort, automatic, dynamic, all-road, off-road, and efficiency. You can also personalize two settings (RS1 and RS2) through the “RS Mode” button on the steering wheel.  

4. Sport-tuned suspension 

Another highlight of the 2021 Audi RS Q8 is its sport-tuned adaptive air suspension. Compared with steel springs, it has higher damping forces to enhance handling and ride comfort. It can also adjust the SUV’s ride height by up to 3.5 inches, which helps it absorb more shock on bumpy drives or off-roading adventures. 

5. Packed with creature comforts 

The 2021 Audi RS Q8 comes with a long list of standard features that will keep you and your passengers comfortable on long drives. You can enjoy blue skies and starry views from the panoramic sunroof, set the mood for a romantic drive with the multicolor ambient cabin lighting, and get cozy in heated and ventilated front seats with leather upholstery. The 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen® stereo system can also help you hear every note of the songs on your go-to road-trip playlist.

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Audi RS Q8 features and specs

Base 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Head Up Display
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Seat Massagers
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.6"/R 40.2"

Head room

F 37.1"/R 38.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


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