4.4 out of 5 4.4
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Brilliant, tech-laden luxury car that majors on comfort

Audi A8 Saloon (18 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £74,235 - £117,810
Lease from new From £893 p/m View lease deals
Used price £25,385 - £84,975
Fuel Economy 24.4 - 128.4 mpg
Road tax cost £480 - £490
Insurance group 44 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains
  • Semi-autonomous driving technology
  • Super clean interior design

CONS

  • Not as roomy as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Smaller boot than the S-Class and 7 Series
  • S8 has less power than previous S8 Plus

Audi A8 Saloon rivals

Lexus
LS
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Audi A8 any good?

The fourth-generation Audi A8 luxury saloon might be packed with the latest driver assistance and infotainment technology, but its massively clever technical features are designed to make the driver's life easier. After all, it's a luxury car, designed to ease the furrowed brows of plutocrats the world over.

Its main rivals are the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS, but luxury SUVs are increasingly becoming the go-to cars buyers choose in this sector, so the A8 will likely also share space on your shopping list with the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7. But thanks to the excellence of the S8 performance version, the A8 is well worth recommending, if you're after the ultimate luxury car for your money.

Read the Audi A8 verdict

What’s it like inside?

Whether you're in the front or back, the seats are large and comfortable, with plenty of storage space in and around the front of the cockpit. Rear-seat passengers get the option of being able to recline, as well as get their own screens to control various functions as well as watch TV or another video source. There’s even an optional foot massager.

It's packed with tech, too. The car’s navigation and infotainment systems are in constant touch with other cars via an information cloud, and can instantly provide warning of upcoming issues, such as crashes and bad weather on the road ahead. This so-called car-to-car or car-to-x capability is in addition to the usual connected tech that provides traffic info via mobile networks and wifi.

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What's it like to drive?

All models of the A8 – including the S8 – are relaxing to drive and extremely capable. The driving experiences is dominated by its ride quality – air suspension is standard on all models, but Audi AI control is offered, adding active ride into the A8 package. The system scans the road ahead and compensates for rough conditions and sudden surface changes. From our experience, this works.

Performance is 'ample', even with the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 powered 50 TDI Quattro powering from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 155mph. The 571hp S8 sits at the other end of the range with a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds, and the same maximum speed – but it has tighter body control than standard A8s, in tune with its more sporting focus.

Read more on how the Audi A8 drives

What models and trims are available?

There are plenty of models available, and two body lengths with standard- and long-wheelbase to choose from. Standard A8s are offered in Sport, Black Edition, S Line and Vorsprung trims, while the S8 comes in the latter three trims only.

Engines range from the 3.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol with 286hp and a 3.0-litre TDI turbodiesel with 340hp. A plug-in hybrid version badged TFSI e adds an electric motor with up to 30 miles of battery range, with the performance-focused S8 topping the range with its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

What else should I know?

This A8 is as close to Level 3 autonomy as current legislation allows - that means it can use a number of sensors including cameras, lidar and laser to assist the driver with things like steering, acceleration and braking.

Traffic jam assist takes over the tedious task of stopping and starting in queues, and unlike the current adaptive cruise fitted to the top-of-the-range Volkswagen Group products, you won’t need to intervene to set off from a standing start after coming to a halt.

To ensure the driver doesn’t fall asleep at the wheel, there’s an interior camera that monitors the driver’s behaviour, and will jolt the seatbelts to ensure they’re paying attention. Over the next five pages, you'll be able to find out whether the Audi A8 is the ultimate luxury limo for your money...

Audi A8 Saloon rivals

Lexus
LS
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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