The A8 is competitively priced next to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class and even undercuts them a little. However, its CO2 emissions are some way behind those of the competition, potentially deterring company car drivers paying benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. The S-Class is a cheaper proposition on PCP finance, too.
Resale values of these big limos are notoriously bad; 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, at least. 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 all the infotainment kit you're likely to want.
Long-wheelbase 'L' models add heated rear seats, a 5.7in tablet-style remote control for rear passengers (see interior section), four-zone climate control, and electric rear sunblinds; this would be our recommendation.
All A8s come with a fair amount of safety kit as standard, including automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance. The optional Safety Pack adds an airbag between the rear passengers and active head restraints. 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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