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2020 Audi Q8 doesn't sacrifice in the name of fashion

Audi's new two-row SUV is a stunner in multiple ways.

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The Q8 hides its downward sloping roof well enough to the point that it only bears a passing resemblance to similar vehicles like the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe.

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It goes from roof to glass at a far more severe angle than the three-row Q7, but in person, it doesn't look harsh at all.

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In an era where headlights are growing ever thinner and grilles ever larger, the Q8's headlight assembly is actually appropriately proportioned to the grille.

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The whole package just works, especially in my tester's shade of Glacier White Metallic (a $595 premium over regular Carrara White).

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The Q8 packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 turns out 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 2 and 44 (respectively) over the Q7's supercharged V6.

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The Q8's six-pot also makes appearances in the new A6 and A7. 

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The V6 provides ample get-up-and-go when I lean heavy on the throttle, with the standard, rear-biased all-wheel drive providing loads of traction in the Michigan cold.

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The eight-speed automatic transmission exists largely in the background, shifting up and down with very little movement translated to the cabin. 

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There's a 48-volt mild hybrid system baked into the drivetrain, but it only serves to lengthen the (admittedly very smooth) stop-start system. 

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the new Audi Q8.

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