Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The A8 is competitively priced next to the BMW 7 Series and even undercuts the Mercedes S-Class a little. CO2 emissions for the A8’s regular petrol and diesel engines are higher than those of the 7 Series, but beat the S-Class, while the plug-in hybrid 60 TFSIe, with its near 30 mile all-electric range and CO2 rating of just 60g/km, makes company car drivers liable for (benefit-in-kind) tax payments of just 14%. We suspect this will make it the go-to choice for many.
Bear in mind, though, that those who mainly make long motorway journeys won’t feel the 60 TFSIe’s fuel-saving benefits quite so keenly – a plug-in hybrid’s electric motor really comes into its own at lower, urban speeds.