Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Audi A8 saloon?
The A8 has had few reported problems so far. Nevertheless, it’s important to check your prospective purchase over thoroughly, as the A8’s a complicated car, and there are a lot of things that theoretically can go wrong.
Make sure that all of the touch-sensitive switches still work, for example, and that goes for the touchscreens too. You’ll also want to check all of the gadgets they control do what they’re supposed to – don’t rush this, as there’s so much to find your way around.
Gearbox oil leak
Oil may escape from a faulty join in the gearbox oil line of A8s manufactured from 1 September to 31 December 2019. Speak to an Audi dealer to find out if your car is affected, because the line will need to be replaced to solve the problem.
A retaining clip could be missing from the active headrests of some A8s made between 1 to 31 January 2018. Speak to an Audi dealer for further information about whether or not your car is affected.
Is a used Audi A8 saloon reliable?
The A8 didn't feature in our most recent reliability survey. However, Audi as a manufacturer came 22nd out of 31 car makers in our most recent survey, which suggests the A8 will be average for reliability, if not one of the greats.