What used Audi A8 saloon will I get for my budget?
Prices for the A8 start at around £30,000 for a late 2017 or early 2018 example with an average mileage for the year and a full service history. Long-wheelbase 'L' models are rarer and command a premium as much as £5000, so expect to spend between £36,000 and £40,000 to get into one. A year old, 2019 A8 can be found for between £35,000-£45,000, which is a substantial saving on the price of a new car, and generally undercuts the spec-for-spec equivalent Mercedes S-Class, adding an extra dimension to the A8's overall desirability.
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How much does it cost to run a Audi A8 saloon?
According to its official fuel economy figures, the A8 isn’t as cheap as you might think to run. Diesel versions are a couple of MPG behind rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, although they beat the Jaguar XJ. The same goes for the petrol version, which doesn’t compare all that well with the equivalent S-Class.
Latest combined WLTP figure is 29.7mpg for the 55 TFSI petrol and 40.9mpg for the 50 TDI diesel, although these can vary depending on wheelbase and trim. The plug-in hybrid 60 TFSI e has a fantastic on-paper figure of 113mpg, but that will rely on you charging it up regularly (2.5 hours from a 7.4kW charger or 6.5 hours on a standard three-pin plug). Still, at least that will be much better than the 24.6mpg of the S8.
Fortunately, all A8s were registered under the new flat-rate tax system so their slightly substandard fuel economy doesn’t have an effect on their tax costs. All A8s will be charged a flat rate fee (the plug-in hybrid 60 TFSI e will get a slight discount), plus a supplementary luxury car tax that is charged for five years between the second year and sixth years of the vehicle's age, then it goes back to the flat rate fee. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Servicing costs, meanwhile, will be cheaper than it is for a Mercedes S-Class; however, once your A8 hits three years old, it’ll benefit from Audi’s fixed-price servicing scheme, which should keep service costs down even further at the main dealer.
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