Primary Navigation Mobile

There is a newer version of this car Read the latest Audi A8 Saloon review here

Audi A8 Saloon review

2003 - 2011 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £46,015 - £83,318
Used prices £956 - £12,461
Road tax cost £365 - £695
Insurance group 40 - 50
Get an insurance quote with Mustard logo
Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 376 - 673 miles
View full specs for a specific version

Available fuel types



Pros & cons


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


Slightly bland image, tame driving experience

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.