Compare the Audi Q8 to the Competition

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The 2021 Audi Q8 offers unparalleled automotive luxury and performance for up to seven passengers. Other three-row SUVs like the Lexus LX deliver a great experience for you and your passengers, but can't quite live up to the world-class standards set by the Q8's exceptional spaciousness, comfort-enhancing amenities, and high-tech features.

Below, you will discover how these two SUVs compare in detail, and why you should consider stopping by Audi Shreveport to explore the Q8 firsthand.

Audi Q8 vs. Lexus LX: Interior Design and Features

Everything about the 2021 Audi Q8 is crafted to impress, especially when you climb behind the wheel and experience the interior design for yourself. The standard Q8 comes with three rows of seats, allowing you to accommodate up to seven passengers. The LX also offers three-row seating, but you will need to pay more for a higher trim level to take advantage of it.

Those in the Audi Q8's second row will also enjoy extra legroom, providing up to 6 inches more than what is available for the Lexus LX. The Audi's interior style of leather-trimmed seats and wood inlay boasts a more cohesive look than that of the Lexus LX, assuring you that you are getting the higher quality look. For 2021, the Q8 is also available with a new Executive package that adds even more luxury and comfort for rear-seat passengers.

Both SUVs offer an array of technology features to keep things interesting for you and your family. Both the Q8 and the LX are equipped with smartphone integration, voice command, navigation systems, and large, easy-to-use touchscreens. Both also get color multi-information displays, though the Q8's 12.3-inch virtual cockpit is much larger. The Q8 also features a standard Wi-Fi® hotspot, which is only offered as an option in the LX. At a comparable price, the 2021 Q8 simply offers better value.

Audi Q8 vs. Lexus LX: Performance

When it comes to getting there on time, both the Q8 and LX SUVs offer performance that won't back down. The 2021 Audi Q8 comes standard with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine that delivers 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the Lexus LX uses a 5.7-liter V8 to produce 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque.

With large SUVs, you might not expect to get excellent fuel economy, but the Audi Q8 makes it a priority. It offers impressive efficiency, earning 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.* The Lexus LX can't quite match these numbers, getting only 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. You'll have to stop for gas a lot more often in the Lexus.

Both models come equipped with all-wheel drive, but the Audi Q8 benefits from the legendary, motorsport-engineered quattro® AWD system, which provides superior traction and control when taking corners. The Lexus LX does offer four-wheel drive, but it won't offer the same capability as the Q8's drivetrain.

Audi Q8 vs. Lexus LX: Safety

Both Audi and Lexus are known for their safety features, and both the 2021 Q8 and the 2021 LX are offered with a wide variety of standard and optional driver-assist technologies that help you drive with confidence and avoid collisions. The two SUVs have earned top marks from the NHTSA for performance in crash scenarios, but the Audi Q8 does it with a more affordable price tag.

Additionally, the Q8 is the only one of the two to have earned the coveted 2021 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For 2021, it comes standard with blind spot monitoring and the Audi pre sense® rear safety system. You'll have to pay extra to get similar features in the Lexus LX.

Audi Q8 vs. Lexus LX: Value

When it comes to value, there is a clear winner: the 2021 Audi Q8. It offers similar features to the Lexus LX but does so for just over $20,000 less out of your pocket. From standard performance features like quattro® all-wheel drive to high-end amenities, the Audi Q8 knocks it out of the park. While the Lexus LX has plenty to bring to the table, you will need to prepare to pay a lot more to have a similar experience.

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Audi Q8 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE: Interior Design and Features

When you ride in the 2021 Audi Q8, you're left with no doubt as to the level of thought, care, and quality that went into crafting it. The Audi Q8 offers more than just a premium interior environment with a modern cockpit interface and a wide selection of colors and decorative inlays; it also delivers standard amenities that you won't get with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE. 

The 2021 Audi Q8 offers standard three-zone automatic climate control, whereas the Mercedes-Benz GLE starts out with a dual-zone climate control system. You also get more room to stretch out in the front with the Q8, which offers 41.5 inches of first-row legroom compared to 40.3 inches in the GLE. 

When there's sunshine in Shreveport, the 2021 Audi Q8 lets you bask in it with a standard panoramic sunroof. This feature, which is not standard on the GLE, floods the cabin with more natural light to lift spirits and call more attention to the fine details. 

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Audi Q8 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE: Performance

There are no compromises on the 2021 Audi Q8, and that's why it comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic. Delivering 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, this duo makes the Audi Q8 a quicker and more robust performer right out of the gate than the Mercedes-Benz GLE and its 225-horsepower turbo four-cylinder.

You also get more track excitement and all-weather stability with the Audi Q8 thanks to legendary quattro® all-wheel drive. Standard for the Q8, the quattro® system offers superior handling and cornering performance that shines on your drive to Bossier City, Longview, Texarkana, or Monroe. It also gives you more confidence when the rain comes to Shreveport, offering exceptional traction and grip. Even better, you can pair quattro® all-wheel drive with available all-wheel steering and the Audi adaptive air suspension for unparalleled smoothness and refinement.


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Audi Q8 vs BMW X5: Powertrains and Performance

Every Audi Q8 is offered with the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That's just as much power as the standard inline six-cylinder in the X5, but more torque, giving the Q8 an edge when it comes to responsiveness. Plus, it comes standard with quattro® all-wheel drive.

That extra torque also translates to more towing capability - a nice bonus when going camping around Longview or Texarkana. When properly configured, the Q8 can tow 7,700 pounds, which is 500 pounds more than the X5 can handle.

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Audi Q8 vs. BMW X5: Comfort and Space

The interior of the Audi Q8 is spacious and comfortable with standard heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof. The X5 has an extra seating row in the back, but it's not large enough to accommodate anyone but kids and reduces seating space for everyone else.

Both SUVs are lavishly equipped with available features including massaging seats, high-quality leather surfaces, ultra-quiet dual-pane glass, and more. In terms of amenities, the Q8 and X5 are closely matched - but the Q8 wins out in arguably the most important category, which is giving its occupants room to stretch and relax.


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Audi Q8 vs BMW X5: Infotainment Features

Both SUVs feature high-tech infotainment systems you can control in a variety of ways, including voice commands and steering wheel-mounted buttons. Both gets standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.

Overall, it's the Q8's presentation and intuitive layout that takes the cake. It's sleek, minimalist, and the touch controls benefit from haptic feedback, which makes the infotainment easier and more satisfying to use. The Q8's digital gauge cluster - dubbed the Audi Virtual Cockpit - is also the best in the business. It's nicer to use and configure than the X5's, and its high-def screen (combined with Google imaging) makes navigation easier than ever.


The Audi Q8 is our winner, and we encourage you to explore what it can do firsthand at Audi Shreveport in Louisiana.

*EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See for details.

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