The Q7 and Q8 are Audi's flagship models of the SUV lineup, both offering the best in terms of quality, safety, and features. If you're wondering which of the two will suit your needs best, you've come to the right place. In this article, we will break down the comparison into categories and point out the key differences between these models.

The first similarity between these two models is the shared platform upon which they are built, followed by their class: Mid-size luxury crossover SUV. The term Crossover is attached to the unibody design, as opposed to the body-on-frame which is typically used. While this does lead to some off-road limitations, vehicles of this type provide more benefits to on-road driving.

 

When it comes to the interior, Q7 offers more headspace, but the Q8 has more legroom in the rear, due to the fact that Q7 has three rows and 7 seats, while Q8 has two rows and five seats. With the third row folded in the Q7, both vehicles have the same amount of cargo volume at 30.5 cf³, yet with the second row folded, Q7 has 72.4 cf³ of space, compared to the 60.7 cf³ in the Q8.

 

Production of both models takes place in Slovakia, Bratislava, with additional factories in India and Russia for the Q7.

Compare the Audi Q7 vs. Audi Q8

Powertrain:

The Audi Q7 and Q8 share the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, Quattro all-wheel drive, as well as a 3.0L V6 petrol engine with a power output of 340 horsepower and a mild-hybrid system, which is available with every Q8 trim but only with the top Prestige trim in the Q7. Remaining Q7 trims come with a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 249 horsepower.

Since the addition of the 3-liter engine to the Q7 lineup, these models have become evenly matched. Q8 does have a sportier look, but the Q7 doesn't fall behind when it comes to the performance. Since the Prestige trim Q7 is only slightly more expensive than the base Q8, it comes down to the body type that you prefer, as well as the budget.

Safety:

I safety is your concern, then these vehicles are an excellent choice. Both vehicles scored an overall excellent rating both from IIHS, and NHTSA, with IIHS giving the Q8 their 'Top Safety Pick' title, while Q7 received nearly identical ratings, falling short of the same award due to the slightly lower rated headlights. Models share the majority of passive and active safety features and are equipped with all of the standard equipment you could think of. We've highlighted some of the key elements:

     Full Set Of Airbags

     Tire Pressure Monitoring

     Traction Control

     Pre-Collision Safety Systems

     Post-Collision Safety System

     4-Wheel ABS

     Blind Spot Accident Avoidance System

     Lane Departure Accident Avoidance System

 

Trims and features:

 

When it comes to features, these models are packed with all the luxury and high-tech gadgets you could think of. Available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, Audi lets you create an ideal vehicle for your needs.

 

Premium trim

Audi Q7:

 

     LED headlights with high-beam assist

     Audi virtual cockpit

     Audi connect PRIME and Audi connect PLUS online services with a six-month trial subscription

     Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple Carplay and wired Google Android Auto

     SiriusXM with 90-day All Access trial subscription

     Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front

     Lane departure warning

     19 inch 5-arm-star design wheels

Audi Q8:

 

     20 inch 5-arm design wheels with 275/50 all-season tires

     MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch response and Audi virtual cockpit plus

     Gray/Brown Fine Grain Ash Natural Wood inlays

     Panoramic sunroof

     Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)


 

Premium Plus trim

Audi Q7:

 

     3D Surround Sound System

     Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear - with Rear cross-traffic assist and Vehicle exit warning

     Top view camera system with Virtual 360 view

     Audi phone box (signal booster and wireless charger)

     Auto-dimming, power-folding, heated exterior side mirrors with memory

     Illuminated stainless steel door sill inlays

     20 inch 5-spoke-turbine design wheels

 

Audi Q8:

 

     21 inch 5-segment-spoke-W design wheels with 285/45 all-season tires

     Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System

     Convenience package

     Contour/Ambient LED interior lighting package-multicolor

    Top view camera system with Virtual 360 view

Prestige trim

Audi Q7:

 

     Matrix-design LED headlights

     Audi adaptive air suspension, comfort

     Driver Assistance package

     Head-up display with navigation systems information

     Power soft-closing doors

     Contour/Ambient LED interior lighting package - multicolor

     Warm Weather package


Audi Q8:

 

     HD Matrix-design LED headlights with LED taillights and animation

     Head-up display with navigation systems information

     Driver Assistance package

     Leather dashboard with contrast stitching

     Aluminium-optic touch-sensitive interior buttons


The Audi Q7 comes with more seating and cargo space with the rear seats folded, and the Prestige trim at the nearly the same price as the Q8 in Premium trim. Even though it's a more sensible option, the Q8 offers that cool factor to the person willing to spend extra. If seating capacity or engine size is not a concern for you, going with either model is a good option!