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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Audi A8 Saloon (03-11) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Superbly refined, excellent build quality, not as flashy as rivals

CONS

Slightly bland image, tame driving experience

PROS

Superbly refined, excellent build quality, not as flashy as rivals

CONS

Slightly bland image, tame driving experience

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Verdict

As a luxury machine, the A8 barely puts a foot wrong, offering satisfying performance, spacious and luxurious interiors along with solid build quality. But despite this it's never proved as popular as rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. This may be down to the conservative styling and play-it-safe handling dynamics, but it still has plenty of gadgets to keep restless fingers amused.

A long wheelbase version is available and in 2005 the car received a very minor makeover which included Audi's new-style grille and a new 4.2-litre diesel engine to replace the 4.0-litre diesel.

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