Comparison - Audi Q8 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro 2020 - vs - Ford Explorer Timberline 2021

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
$
68,200
Updated: 
25 Jan 2019
$
45,765
Updated: 
21 May 2021
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2020
2021
Total Seating: 
5
6
Transmission: 
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
10-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
4
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
22.50gals
17.90gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Galaxy Blue metallic
#446C78
Glacier White metallic
#BEC0BF
Orca Black metallic
#080809
Samurai Gray metallic
#9A9A9C
Dragon Orange metallic
#DC7C18
Navarra Blue metallic
#404A8F
Daytona Gray pearl
#546465
Cobra Beige metallic
#F0E3D3
Carrara White
#E5E4E0
Florett Silver Metallic
#BDBCC1
Night Black
#000000
Color: 
Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
#FDFFFB
Agate Black Metallic
#303030
Iconic Silver Metallic
#C7CAD0
Forged Green Metallic
#374448
Carbonized Gray Metallic
#4F453E

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The Q8 debuted as a new model for the 2019 model year, so the changes are minimal for 2020. Some options were reshuffled, likely in response to customer demand, and the DVD player, which was previously located in the glovebox, has been omitted from the Q8 entirely.

Pros
The cabin might as well be a design study, rides like a car, possesses the curb appeal of much pricier hardware.

Cons
Losing a row of seats reduces practicality, expensive, still not as much fun as driving a sedan.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2020 Audi Q8's #5 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Audi Q8 has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Handsome interior
Spacious seats
Composed ride and handling
User-friendly infotainment system

Cons
Subpar fuel economy

By: 
usnews.com

The 2020 Audi Q8 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic.Several previously optional features are now standard.Newly available Black Optic and S Line appearance packages.

Pros
Comes well-equipped with many standard features
Comfortable ride and seats for all passengers
High-quality cabin materials
Front and rear seats offer all-day comfort

Cons
Less practical than the related Q7
Infotainment system can be distracting to use
Throttle response is too slow in the default driving mode
Limited interior storage

By: 
edmunds.com

For 2021 New Sport Appearance package available on XLT trim.More affordable version of the Explorer ST debuts.Platinum trim is now available for the Hybrid model.New off-road-themed Timberline debuts midway through the model year.

Pros
Strong engines for quick acceleration
Rear-wheel-drive platform improves handling and towing
Roomy cargo area

Cons
Too much wind noise at highway speeds
The price can get frighteningly expensive in a hurry
Lackluster interior material quality

By: 
edmunds.com

Ford has made a few tweaks to its mid-size crossover for 2021, Off-road enthusiasts may find the new Timberline trim interesting; it features a lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, and more rugged exterior styling cues.

Pros
Smooth and controlled ride,
cargo friendly interior design,
comfortable front seats.

Cons
Third row space is tight,
plasticky interior bits,
most desirable models are pricey.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2021 Ford Explorer's #16 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Ford Explorer has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Good cargo capacity
Powerful engines
Plenty of features
Composed ride and handling

Cons
Low-rent interior
Second- and third-row seats less comfortable than in rivals
Upgraded infotainment system not much of an upgrade

By: 
usnews.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
17.00mpg
20.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
22.00mpg
27.00mpg
Engine type: 
Hybrid
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
16
Cylinders: 
6
V
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.00L
2.30L
Torque: 
369ft-lbs
at 1 370rpm
310ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
Horsepower: 
335hp
at 5 000rpm
300hp
at 5 500rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
43.50Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
no
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
yes
Side view Camera: 
yes
yes
On steering wheel: 
Transmission Controls And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Leather Steering Wheel
Electric Power Steering
Adaptive Cruise Control
Keyless Ignition
Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
Rear Parking Sensors
Leather Steering Wheel

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
196.30in
198.80in
Width: 
78.50in
78.90in
Height: 
67.10in
69.90in
Ground Clearance: 
8.70in
Wheel Base: 
117.90in
119.10in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
38.20
40.70
Rear Head Room: 
38.10
40.50
Front Leg Room: 
41.70in
43.00in
Rear leg room: 
40.20in
39.00in
Front Hip Room: 
59.20in
Front Shoulder Room: 
59.50in
61.80in
Rear Hip Room: 
59.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
58.50in
61.90in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
67.50cu.ft
87.80cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
7700lbs
5300lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
28.60cu.ft
18.20cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.00degrees
Curb Weight: 
5004.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Height adjustable driver seat
Bucket Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Leather
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
2 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
4 -Way Power Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Leatherette
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Manual Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Reclining Rear Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Folding center armrest
Manual Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Multi-Level Heating
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Folding Rear Seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
17 Total Speakers
Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
730 Watts Stereo Output
USB With External Media Control
USB Connection
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
6 Total Speakers
USB Connection
USB With External Media Control
Speed Sensitive Volume Control

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
21 In
18 In.
Wheels more: 
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Underbody Mounted Spare Tire
All Terrain Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
285.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45
Diameter: 
R21
Width: 
265.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
65
Diameter: 
R18

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Disc
Ventilated Disc Brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
Ventilated Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
no
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
High Pressure Washers Headlamps
Dusk Sensing Headlamps
LED Headlamp
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Self-Leveling Headlights
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
Emergency Braking Preparation
Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
Post-Collision Safety System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
4-Wheel ABS
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests

Options

Packages: 
Driver Assistance Package
Sarder Brown Design Selection Package
Luxury Package
Adaptive Chassis Package
Year One Package
Cold Weather Package
Equipment Group 800A
Smoker's Package
Exterior Options: 
Audi Guard Wheel Lock Kit
Winter Wheel And Tire Package
22" Summer Tires
22" Contrast Gray Partly Polished Wheels
Delete Front License Plate Holder
Red Brake Calipers
Paint Protection
Outfitters Cargo - MegaWarrior
Roof-Rail Crossbars
Outfitters Bike - Front Loader
Outfitters Cargo - Skybox
Splash Guards
Dual Panel Moonroof
Wheel Lock Kit
License Plate Bracket
Interior Options: 
Audi Beam-Rings
Audi Cargo Box
Audi Beam-Quattro
USB Cables
Audi Guard Protection Kit
Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System
Black Alcantara Headliner
CD/DVD Player
Interior Protection Package
Audi Guard Cargo Mat
Black Cloth Headliner
Cargo Mat
Dual-Headrest DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black with Rock Gray stitching
#3F3F3F
Okapi Brown
#735143
Pando Gray with Rock Gray cross stitching
#606463
Pando Gray with Rock Gray cross stitching
#AD9980
Color: 
Deep Cypress, leatherette
#556C75