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Should you buy an Audi A8

The Audi A8 delivers everything expected of it as the company's flagship, as a great car for chauffeurs and – more importantly – passengers. It has more rear room than before, more tech, and delivers increased efficiency. In short, it should continue to satisfy those who are looking for the ultimate Audi limousine.

Particularly notable is the move to a much more digitally-integrated dashboard. You'll either love it or hate it – but there's no denying that it looks amazing – and is functional, too. It also manages to increase the amount of tech on offer without losing any of Audi's subtle design and famed build quality. It's not as glamorous looking as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class on the inside or out, but for some that will be a positive thing.

To drive, it's a triumph. Its air suspension adds smoothness and refinement, while the all-new active set-up adds a degree of body control previously unseen on any Audi. It doesn't involve the driver in quite the same way that a BMW 7 Series does, at least not in the standard A8 range, but the S8 offers something of a solution for enthusiastic drivers.

For those that want the ultimate wafter the plug-in hybrid A8 60 TFSI e is head and shoulders above the rest of the range thanks to its silent, smooth electric propulsion that boasts a 30 mile range. In reality you'll find the petrol engine chipping in every now and again in order to make the most of the available battery life but even then, it's a supremely quiet and refined experience.

So what does the A8 offer that its competition does not? Well, the Mercedes-Benz is a bit more oppulent in the rear and the BMW is better to drive but the Audi's interior design is streets ahead of both and offers something of an understatement in its exterior design, particularly when compared to the 7 Series and its enormous grille. That was added because 7 Series owners were fed up with their car looking like a cheaper 5 Series. Note how Audi hasn't done the same to the A8.

Buy the A8 for its under-the-radar-appeal and sharply styled cabin, plus the added all-weather confidence of Quattro all-wheel drive.

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