2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Audi Q8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge and the Q8 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Audi Q8:

Edge

Q8

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

96

296

Neck Injury Risk

27%

30%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

235 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

209

238

Neck Injury Risk

32%

34%

Neck Compression

83 lbs.

117 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Audi Q8:

Edge

Q8

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

128 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

141

Hip Force

647 lbs.

684 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Q8 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 760-amp battery. The Q8’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine

The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 369) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Q8:

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

Q8

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q8 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Edge higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi Q8 (3). This means the Edge produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q8 every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q8 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Q8’s (40.4 feet vs. 43.5 feet). The Edge ST with 22” wheels’ turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Q8’s (42 feet vs. 43.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q8 (8 vs. 5.8 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Edge ST’s minimum ground clearance is 2.4 inches higher than on the Q8 (8.2 vs. 5.8 inches).

Chassis

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1050 pounds less than the Audi Q8.

The Edge is 7.5 inches shorter than the Q8, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q8 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Edge has 2 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q8.

The front step up height for the Edge is 2 inches lower than the Q8 (17.5” vs. 19.5”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Q8’s (18” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q8 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 28.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q8 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 67.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.6 inches, while the Q8’s liftover is 33.7 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Q8’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

Q8

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

41.1”/75.4”

Max Width

63.3”

54”

Min Width

45.3”

39.8”

Height

34.5”

29”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q8 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q8 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q8 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q8 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q8 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q8 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q8 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Ford Edge outsold the Audi Q8 by over 66 to one during 2018.

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