The A8’s blend of performance, comfort and serenity are wedded to its beautifully built, practical and well equipped interior. In fact, we reckon that, by a whisker, it beats the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which shows you just how good to drive and be driven in the current Audi A8 isread the full model review
The standard A8 comes loaded with kit. Climate control, 18in alloy wheels, heated and electric leather seats, sat-nav, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are only the beginning — the full list is much, much longer. Bearing in mind how people use these cars, we'd opt for the long-wheelbase version, which as well as extra rear space adds heated rear seats, a 5.7in tablet-style remote control, four-zone climate control, rear USB ports and electric rear sunblinds.
Engine:L 55 TFSI Quattro
The 55 TFSI is temporarily off sale while it's being updated to meet the WLTP fuel tests. For those holding out for its return, it hasn't the same low-down grunt as the diesel, but still feels perfectly suited to the A8. It's buttery smooth and when you want to push on and utilise the engine's maximum performance, it revs more keenly and offers greater outright pace than the diesel, although the equivalent petrol in the Mercedes-Benz S500 is even more responsive and quicker still.