Audi A8 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, hybrid, petrol
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RRP £73,330What Car? Target Price from£65,797
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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. 

As for PCP finance, the S-Class historically undercuts the A8 thanks to the substantial deposit contributions that Mercedes tends to offer. Resale values of big limos like these are notoriously poor; they can lose up to half of their value from new – sometimes more in the case of top-end models – in the first year alone.

Standard equipment is very generous, though. Even entry-level cars have 18in alloy wheels, leather seats (heated in the front), a powered bootlid, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control and even electric sunblinds for the rear windows.

All A8s come with a fair amount of safety kit as standard, including automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance. Unfortunately, the A8 hasn't been crash tested by Euro NCAP, so we can't tell you how well it's likely to protect you if an accident proves unavoidable. 

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Overview

The A8’s blend of performance, comfort and serenity are wedded to a beautifully built, practical and well-equipped interior. In fact, by a whisker, it beats the Mercedes S Class, which shows just how good to drive and be driven the Audi A8 is

  • Extremely comfortable ride
  • Spacious interior and boot
  • Class-leading interior quality
  • Not as sharp to drive as rivals
  • Expensive to run
  • Dim-witted automatic gearbox on the diesel

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