5. What I'm driving
I've been immersed in Audi lately; this week I'm driving the 2019 Audi Q8, a sportier, coupe-like version of the more conventional Q7 SUV.
I'm not a fan of these big crossovers with tapered rooflines, like the BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE-Class coupe. Not only do they cheat you on cargo space, their proportions look awkward to me, the Q8 included.
But that's my only complaint: the Q8 is a sweet ride.
What stands out, besides the premium materials and superb handling, is Audi's new two-screen infotainment system.
- The graphics are clear and easy to read, and haptic feedback gives drivers a natural feel on their fingertips so they know when they make a selection.
- The lower screen, which is dedicated to the climate control system, can also convert to a cool writing tablet.
Standard safety equipment on the Q8's $67,400 base model includes forward collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking, but it's disappointing that some driver-assistance features require you to buy higher-priced models or option packages.
- The $77,090 Q8 I'm driving includes both the $4,000 Premium Plus package and the $2,750 Driver Assistant package.
- Features include adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a complete stop in traffic, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and a steering-assist feature that helps you avoid turning left in front of oncoming traffic.
The bottom line: The Q8 is another great Audi.