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

New price £46,015 - £83,318
Used price £880 - £14,990
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £315 - £600
Insurance group 40 - 50 How much is it to insure?


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


Slightly bland image, tame driving experience

Audi A8 Saloon rivals

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by David Ross on

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.

Audi A8 Saloon rivals

3.5 out of 5 3.5

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