2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q8’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q8 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q8 and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Q8’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q8’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Range Rover’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Range Rover HSE’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the Range Rover P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q8’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover:

 

Q8

Range Rover

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover (275/50R20 vs. 235/65R19). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover (285/45R21 vs. 275/45R21).

The Q8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Range Rover (117.9 inches vs. 115 inches).

Cargo Capacity

The Q8’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the Q8 Premium Plus/Prestige the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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