2019 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2019 Audi A8

If you believe bigger is usually better, you’ll love the 2019 Cadillac Escalade and the 2019 Audi A8. But should you choose the SUV or the sedan? Take a closer look to decide.


When performance matters, you want a big, beefy motor. Cadillac delivers, equipping its 2019 Escalade with a 6.2-liter V-8 beast. This engine generates 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, enough to easily tow boats or trailers. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional if you prefer.
Audi promises a V-8 version, which will make its A8 more attractive, although this optional extra will add to the price. It’s probably worth the upgrade, though, as the base A8 has only a turbocharged V-6 generating 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. While it’s a capable choice for leisurely cruising, you’ll notice the reduced power if you’re towing.

Luxury & Convenience

As luxury vehicles, both the A8 and Escalade have special touches that make you feel pampered. However, you’ll pay extra for the most opulent extras in the Cadillac. With a base price of around $7,500 less than the Audi, you shouldn’t feel slighted that the base model’s leather seats aren’t quite as soft. Audi has just one trim option, with premium leather seats and heated front cushions. However, its anticipated V8 version is expected to cost roughly the same price as the Platinum trim Escalade, which features soft semi-aniline leather seats with built-in massagers and a leather-wrapped instrument panel.

Both vehicles have smart interiors. Audi’s “Virtual Cockpit” is cutting-edge, with two large touchscreens helping you control your motoring experience. Removing visible controls is always risky, but the A8’s system is very intuitive, allowing you to use its high-resolution navigation, infotainment, and climate control features with ease. The Cadillac’s interior looks more traditional, but the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a refreshing modern touch. You’ll appreciate the crystal-clear sound from the Bose audio system. If you have kids, the rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system make upgrading to the Premium Luxury trim worthwhile.


Neither vehicle has received its NHTSA rating yet, but a host of tech features suggest both cars will perform admirably.
Audi puts safety first, with 24 sensors, a forward-facing camera, and a central processing computer working together to protect you and the A8. These features will help you stay in your lane and change to another, avoid collisions, and monitor other cars on the road. The A8’s potential is even more exciting, with traffic jam pilot enabling safe autonomous driving whenever the technology is approved. Cars like this should become the norm in the future, but Audi’s already established the A8 as a pioneer.

The Cadillac Escalade opts for more established, proven safety features, like StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and front and rear Park Assist for getting into those tight spaces without scrapes.

Brands like Audi and Cadillac are rare in their combination of style and substance. So, which one should you choose? Sedan lovers might find themselves drawn to the styling of the A8, but the Escalade makes a compelling case for choosing an SUV instead. Visit a Hennessy Cadillac dealership for a test drive of the impressive 2019 Cadillac Escalade.

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