Comparison - Audi RS Q8 TFSI 2021 - vs - Ford Explorer ST 2021

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Make: 
Average Price: 
$
114,500
Updated: 
20 Jun 2020
$
52,605
Updated: 
25 Jan 2020
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2021
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
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
22.50gals
18.60gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Floret silver, metallic
#AFB3B6
Dragon orange, metallic
#D06B05
Galaxy blue, metallic
#2A525E
Glacier white, metallic
#C7D0CD
Matador red, metallic
#5B0311
Navarra blue, metallic
#2F395C
Orca black, metallic
#191C21
Night Black
#000000
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
#546465
Color: 
Carbonized Gray Metallic
#4F453E
Star white Metallic Tri-coat
#FDFFFB
Atlas Blue Metallic
#0741D6
Rich Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#4A1414
Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#E60E28
Agate Black Metallic
#303030
Iconic Silver Metallic
#C7CAD0

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Pros
Handles very well for its size
Impressively comfortable too
Loads of infotainment tech

Cons
Muted engine sounds
Auto gearbox isn't the best
Lots of expensive optional extras

By: 
carwow.co.uk

Audi has made no changes to the RS Q8 for 2021.

Pros
Mega-powerful V-8 engine,
nimble chassis,
styling is more restrained than the mechanically similar Lambo Urus.

Cons
Slower and more expensive than the RS6 Avant,
brake feel isn't particularly confidence inspiring,
not quite as poised as a Porsche.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The RS Q8 is unchanged for 2021.

Pros
Turbo V8 delivers devastating straight-line performance
Nimble, lively handling puts most sports cars to shame
Comfortable, well-trimmed interior

Cons
Infotainment system can be distracting to use
Limited interior storage
Less practical than the related Q7

By: 
edmunds.com

Ford has made a few tweaks to its mid-size crossover for 2021, such as making heated seats standard on the XLT, offering a heated steering wheel as an optional feature on that model, and including an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat on the Limited, ST, and Platinum models. A Sport Appearance package is now available on the XLT trim, and it includes 20-inch aluminum wheels that are coated in Carbonized Gray paint.

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 is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.

Pros
Wide range of powertrains
Good looks
Great active safety tech
Available hybrid
Quiet interio

Cons
Hybrid isn’t refined
Not a great value
Cramped third row
Clunky second row

By: 
thecarconnection.com

New Sport Appearance package available on XLT trim.Minor changes to standard and optional feature availability.

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

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy Info: 
Consumption (low)/ (high)/(combined)UK - 11.9 mpg//25.0 mpg/20.5 mpg
Fuel Economy City USA: 
13.00mpg
18.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
19.00mpg
24.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
32
24
Cylinders: 
8
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
4.00L
3.00L
Torque: 
590ft-lbs
at 4 500rpm
415ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
Horsepower: 
591hp
at 6 000rpm
400hp
at 5 500rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
43.60Feet

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: 
multi-function steering wheel ( audio, cruise control, speed,etc)
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Electrically adjustable steering column
Flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles
Flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles
Cruise control with coast, resume and accelerator features
Keyless Ignition
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Heated Steering Wheel
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Heated Steering Wheel
Automatic Parking Assist
Power Rear Seat Easy Entry

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
197.30in
199.30in
Width: 
78.70in
78.90in
Height: 
66.70in
70.20in
Ground Clearance: 
8.30in
Front Track: 
66.60in
66.90in
Rear Track: 
66.70in
66.90in
Wheel Base: 
117.90in
119.10in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
37.10
40.70
Rear Head Room: 
38.10
40.50
Front Leg Room: 
41.60in
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: 
60.70cu.ft
87.80cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
7700lbs
5600lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
30.50cu.ft
18.20cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
21.00degrees
Curb Weight: 
5490.00lbs
4701.00lbs

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: 
Power-operated tailgate
Advanced Key
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Ventilated Driver Seat
Center armrest in front
Front seats, electrically adjustable with memory functions
Heated front seats
10 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Sport Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
10 -Way Power Driver Seat
Leather
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Sport Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Leather
6 -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
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Reclining Rear Seats
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Folding center armrest
Power Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Folding Rear Seatback
Multi-Level Heating

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
RS-specific adaptive air suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Double Sun Visor with illuminated vanity mirror
Exterior mirrors with memory feature, auto-dimming, power-folding/adjustable/heated
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
4 - zone deluxe automatic climate control
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Three Zone Climate Control

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
MMI radio plus
6-channel amplifier
730 Watts Stereo Output
17 Total Speakers
Audi Connect (36-month subscription)
Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
USB With External Media Control
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
12 Total Speakers
Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete)

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Headlight washer system
Aluminum door mirror housing
Privacy glass
Door sill trims with aluminium inlays, front and rear, illuminated, with RS logo at front
Body-color door handles with black insert
Liftgate Appliqué - black
Black mesh insert with chrome bars
EXPLORER badge on hood
Rain-Sensing Wipers
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
22 in
20 In.
Wheels more: 
Performance Tires
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
Underbody Mounted Spare Tire
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
295.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
40
Diameter: 
R22
Width: 
255.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R20

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 Brakes
Ventilated Front Disc
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Ventilated Disc Brakes
Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
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: 
Audi pre-sense Front
Acoustic and visual parking sensor system for the front and rear
Pre-Sense Basic
Hold Assist
Reversing camera
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Self-Leveling Headlights
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

Options

Packages: 
Driver Assistance Package
Executive Package
Luxury Package
Carbon Optic Package
Black Optic Package
Towing Package
Smoker's Package
ST High-Performance Pack
Equipment Group 401A
Premium Technology Package
ST Street Pack
Exterior Options: 
23" Audi Sport 5-Y-Spoke Rotor Design Cast Aluminum, Matt Titanium Wheels
Wheel Lock Kit
Roof Rails
License Plate Bracket
Dual Panel Moonroof
Splash Guards
Roof-Rail Crossbars
Interior Options: 
Audi Cargo Box
USB Cables
Audi Guard Protection Kit
Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System
Audi First Aid Kit
Interior Protection Package
Audi Guard Cargo Mat
2nd Row Bench
Dual-Headrest DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System
Cargo Area Management System
All-Weather Floor Mats W/Carpet Mats
Cargo Mat

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black Valcona, leather
#1E1E1E
Black/Gray Valcona, leather
#1E1E1E
Cognac Valcona, leather
#77553F
Black/Red Valcona, leather
#1E1E1E
Color: 
Ebony, leather
#000000