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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi A8 S8 (12-17) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Audi A8 S8 (06-11) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Long-distance luxury, sure-footed performance

CONS

Very thirsty, for the well-off only

At a glance

New price £70,925 - £75,856
Used price £5,615 - £16,885
Used monthly cost £139 - £416
Fuel economy 20 - 21 mpg
Road tax cost £570
Insurance group 48 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Long-distance luxury, sure-footed performance

CONS

Very thirsty, for the well-off only

Audi A8 S8 rivals

The S8 is the most sporting of the A8 range, but shares the role of flagship model with the pricier long-wheelbase A8 W12 quattro. Both have the same power output and near identical performance figures (from different engines), but the S8 is the one to pick if you plan on doing the driving - the longer and even better equipped W12 is for those who like to be chauffeured.

The S8 delivers the impressive standards of comfort, equipment and build quality expected of a car in this price bracket and it is very fast. It's fairly discreet but the 20-inch wheels, V10 badges and sheer size ensure there's no lack of road presence.

Audi A8 S8 rivals

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