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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Audi A8 is an understated limo - it's beautifully engineered and very quick

Against It loses value more quickly than a Mercedes or a Jaguar when it's young, and it's expensive to run, too

Verdict It's a fine car in its own right, but it's not the easiest of its type to live with

Go for… 3.0 TDi quattro SE

Avoid… 6.0 quattro

Audi A8 Saloon
  • 1. Aluminium body means it's lighter than many rivals, boosting economy and performance
  • 2. The complicated air suspension threatens horrendous bills if it develops faults
  • 3. If you need to replace a tyre on a Quattro model, replace all four at once to maintain traction and handling
  • 4. As the car ages, you'll need to budget for work on the engines and transmissions
  • 5. Space in the rear is vast, and comfortable for any occupant
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