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For The Audi A8 is a technologically advanced, refined and beautifully made luxury car. Standard equipment is comprehensive and the 3.0-litre diesel model combines effortless performance with impressive economy.

Against It's not as roomy as some rivals, the subtle styling won't appeal to everyone and the numb steering doesn't provide much reassurance in corners.

Audi A8 Saloon
44 5stars

The Audi A8 offers all the refinement and technology you could want, and has one of the classiest cabins around. It's not the biggest limo, but it's far from cramped.

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There are 18 Audi A8 versions available

Saloon 3.0 TDI 258 quattro SE 4dr £59,580
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI 258 quattro SE Exec 4dr £61,405
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI 258 quattro SE L 4dr £63,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TFSI 245 Hybrid 4dr £64,280
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TFSI 310 quattro SE Exec 4dr £64,290
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI 258 quattro Sport Exec 4dr £65,785
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI 258 quattro SE Exec L 4dr £66,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TFSI 245 Hybrid L 4dr £67,465
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TFSI 310 quattro Sport Exe 4dr £67,890
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI 258 quattro Sport Ex L 4dr £69,750
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.2 TDI 385 quattro SE Exec 4dr £72,790
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.0 TFSI 435 quattro SE Exec L 4dr £76,160
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.2 TDI 385 quattro Sport Exec 4dr £76,390
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.2 TDI 385 quattro SE Ex L 4dr £76,755
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.0 TFSI 435 quattro Sport Exe 4dr £79,760
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.2 TDI 385 quattro Sport Ex L 4dr £80,355
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 4.0 TFSI 520 S8 4dr £80,690
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 6.3 W12 500 quattro L 4dr £98,100
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Audi A8 is available with a wide range of powerful engines but, however you spec it, it will be expensive to buy or lease and suffer from heavy depreciation.

The pick of the range is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel. It's plenty fast enough, refined and good to drive, plus it keeps running costs as low as possible.

The hybrid model can run on electric power alone for a few miles, making short zero-emission journeys feasible, but it's not as refined as a luxury limo should be.

Every A8 comes with a long list of standard equipment, and Audi lets you personalise your car with a range of high-tech options, including night-vision assist and massaging front and rear seats.

Reader test team says:

Audi A8 Saloon 3.0 TDI 250 quattro SE Exec. L 4dr

Bought the car from an Audi main dealer at 12 months old / 11,000miles. Thoroughly sold on the sleek but conservative exterior appearance (almost…

Peter Ray

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A8 Saloon 4.2 TDI 350 quattro SE Exec. 4dr

I bought this car when it was 16 months old from main Audi dealer. Before this I've owned two BMW series 7, BMW 535d, Merc CLS 320d Brabus conversion…

Barrie Driscoll

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A8 Saloon 4.2 TDI 350 quattro SE Exec. 4dr

I have had my new A8 4.2TDi for about 2 months now, following a previous model A8 3.0TDi. In a number of respects the new A8 is not as good as the old…

michael finch

3 out of 5 stars
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