Audi S8 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Audi S8 is the most expensive version of the A8 that you can buy, and it also looks quite pricey compared with smaller performance cars, including the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Mind you, compared to the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, the S8 seems something of a bargain, and it’s also cheaper than a Porsche Panamera GTS

You wouldn’t expect such a big, powerful car to be easy on petrol, and the S8 certainly isn’t. Official average fuel economy is around 25mpg, and you’ll need to drive pretty gently to get more than 20mpg in the real world. Likewise, high CO2 emissions put the S8 in the top 37% band for company car tax.

Then again, the S63 AMG is similarly inefficient and the Panamera GTS is even worse. Put simply, if you can afford to buy an S8 you’re unlikely to be overly concerned about running costs.

The S8 comes very well equipped, with 20in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, heated seats (front and rear) and soft-close doors all fitted as standard. However, if that isn’t enough luxury for you, the Vorsprung version adds 21in wheels, bright laser headlights, a panoramic roof and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Vorsprung trim is very expensive, though, so we’d be tempted to go for the regular S8. Options were considering include the Extended Leather Pack, which makes the interior feel even more lavish, and the panoramic glass roof.

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Overview

Crushingly fast yet comfortable and refined, and considerably cheaper than a Mercedes S63 AMG if you avoid the Vorsprung model. Just don’t expect sports car cornering thrills.

  • Savage straight-line pace
  • Comfortable and incredibly refined
  • Plush interior
  • Not that most agile performance saloon
  • Muted engine note won’t appeal to all
  • Fiddly infotainment system

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