Used Audi A8 2003 - 2010 review

Ownership cost

(2003 - 2010)
Audi A8 (03 - 10)
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What used Audi A8 saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Audi A8 saloon?

Only the 3.0 diesel and 3.2 petrol versions keep costs at a semi-sensible level. As for the rest, they are only for the seriously wealthy.

As ever on an Audi A8, stiff depreciation is an issue, but it's good news for a used car buyer. The first owner suffers the worst hit from new, leaving the second owner to pick up a relatively cheap executive car.

There's no escaping the high running costs, though. Insurance is group 18 for the smaller engines, group 20 for the rest. Be aware, though, that some companies won't touch the car because of its aluminium body - which is complex and expensive to repair - while others will load the premium. Servicing is also best left to Audi dealers who specialise in the A8, which will make it dear.

Fuel economy ranges from the excellent 32mpg from the 3.0 diesel to 28mpg for the 3.2 petrol and 4.2 diesel, and 20mpg from the 6.0.