2020 Audi A8 L 60 TFSIe verdict
Capable of returning over 100mpg, the new Audi A8 60 TFSIe plug-in hybrid is the most efficient version of our favourite luxury limousine. But is it the best?...
So, should you buy a 60 TFSIe over a regular diesel A8 50 TDI? Well, it all depends on your lifestyle. If you cover big motorway miles, need plenty of luggage space and a hugely cosseting ride, then the diesel is still your best bet – it is a five star car after all, and we don’t give out full marks unless something is truly exceptional.
However, if you spend a great deal of time in a city and have the ability to plug your car in at home or work, then the 60 TFSIe is a true no brainer. Aside from its occasionally lumpy ride and smaller boot, the plug-in A8 is more than a match for its diesel counterpart, being smoother when pulling away from junctions, quieter than a pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones when stuck in traffic and significantly more frugal – we saw over 100mpg on our inner-city test route.
Plus, with a nearly 30 mile all-electric range and a CO2 rating of just 60g/km, the 60 TFSIe is not only congestion charge exempt, but it should also make for a relatively cheap company car as of April, when tax bands take into account electric ranges; you'll only have to pay 15% company car benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax, compared to 37% for the diesel. It’s little wonder then, why we think the 60 TFSIe could be the pick of the range for most buyers. Just bear in mind that certain versions of the 7 Series plug-in emit as little a 46g/km with an electric range up to 31 miles. That puts it in the even lower 10% BIK rate.
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What Car? says...
Rated 4 out of 5
2020 Audi A8 L 60 TFSIe
Price £88,195 Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 443bhp (combined) Torque 516lb ft (combined) Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 4.9sec Top speed 155mph Economy 108.6mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 60g/km, 15% (WLTP)
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