Ad closing in a few seconds...

Other Audi A8 models:

View all Audi A8 reviews
Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

Rivals

BMW 7-Series

4.5 out of 5 4.5

Six generations in and the BMW 7 Series still showcases the talents and technologies of the company and its engineers. Midway through this car’s lifespan it was facelifted to incorporate a new look, plus even more tech and an improved range of petrol, diesel and PHEV drivetrains. For much of its 45-year history, the BMW 7 Series has been playing... read more

PROS

  • Comfort, front and rear
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • It's still as good as ever to drive
  • Wafty plug-in hybrid model

CONS

  • Facelifted model has challenging looks
  • Rear seat space less generous than rivals
  • Expensive options
  • Huge V12 running costs

Jaguar XJ Saloon

4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Jaguar XJ is a flagship model that's been around since 2010, but still looks bang-up-to date thanks to its clever, progressive styling. It’s a world away from the retro-styled Jaguars of old in terms of appearance, cabin ambience and and sophistication. But it's still very much a Jaguar with a coupe-like styling, making out as a very different... read more

PROS

  • Long-distance refinement
  • Muscular performance
  • Agile handling
  • Soundtrack from petrol engine

CONS

  • German rivals offer more up-to-date tech
  • Not the most commodious cabin or boot
  • Rivals ride better
  • Some interior plastics feel low-rent

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

4.8 out of 5 4.8

Although various pretenders to the best luxury saloon crown have come and gone over the decades, it’s the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon that remains the best in its segment. For the German marque, it’s a showcase for its technological brilliance, bristling with all manner of driver aids, safety equipment, while not forgetting its role of pampering... read more

PROS

  • Indulgent levels of luxury
  • Crammed with technology
  • Diesels’ real-world efficiency
  • Crushing performance of AMGs

CONS

  • Restricted range to pick from
  • Options are very expensive
  • Lacks rivals’ exclusivity
  • Ubiquity might count against it 

Next steps