2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Audi Q8

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Safety

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Both the Nautilus and the Q8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

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

Nautilus

Q8

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Q8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Q8 isn’t in the top three.

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

Engine

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The Nautilus’ optional 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

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

The Nautilus 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

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

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Nautilus’ turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Q8’s (39.3 feet vs. 43.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Lincoln Nautilus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 850 pounds less than the Audi Q8.

The Nautilus is 6.6 inches shorter than the Q8, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Nautilus 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

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The Nautilus has 2.8 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q8.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q8 with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q8 with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 60.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Nautilus easier. The Nautilus’ cargo hatch lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Q8’s liftover is 33.7 inches.

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

Nautilus

Q8

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/75”

41.1”/75.4”

Min Width

45”

39.8”

Height

31”

29”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q8 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Nautilus can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Q8 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 8% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ 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 help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Nautilus (except Standard) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q8 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Nautilus (except Standard) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Nautilus offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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 Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q8 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Nautilus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Nautilus will cost $3660 to $6540 less than the Q8 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln Nautilus will be $20212 to $26947 less than for the Audi Q8.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the Audi Q8 by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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