3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Excellent, tech-laden luxury car that majors on comfort

Audi A8 Saloon (18 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £75,510 - £117,730
Lease from new From £1,081 p/m View lease deals
Used price £22,410 - £93,250
Fuel Economy 24.1 - 156.9 mpg
Road tax cost £510 - £520
Insurance group 44 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains
  • Semi-autonomous driving technology
  • Super clean interior design

CONS

  • Not as roomy as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Smaller boot than the S-Class and 7 Series
  • S8 has less power than previous S8 Plus

Audi A8 Saloon rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Luxury saloons used to be the reserve of the rich and the important. But most politicians are ferried around in bulletproof SUVs and film stars now routinely take vans with first-class levels of rear seat luxury. This means big, posh saloons are the reserve of people who take a sombre and discreet view on luxury.

These kinds of people will also have the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS on their shopping lists, but luxury SUVs are increasingly becoming the go-to cars buyers choose in this sector. So the A8 also has the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7 as rivals.

Given that the Audi A8 is underpinned by cutting-edge technology, you get a saloon that combines bags of room for passengers, towering performance for drivers and massive levels of comfort. The A8 is well worth recommending, especially thanks to the exquisite S8 performance version.

There are plenty of models available, and two body lengths with standard- and long-wheelbase to choose from. Standard A8s are offered in Sport, Black Edition, and S Line while the S8 comes in regular, Black Edition and Vorsprung.

Engines range from the 3.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol with 286hp and a 3.0-litre TDI turbodiesel with 340hp also being offered. A plug-in hybrid version badged TFSI e adds an electric motor with up to 30 miles of battery range, with the performance-focused S8 topping the range with its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Audi A8 and S8 and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

Audi A8 Saloon rivals

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