2022 Audi A8 verdict and specs

The Audi A8 luxury saloon has been given a new look and upgraded technology. We try the 60 TFSIe plug-in hybrid and S8 performance versions...

Audi A8 2022 front tracking


The luxury car market has changed significantly since the current Audi A8 first went on sale, not least with the arrival of the fully electric Mercedes EQS and the latest Mercedes S-Class, which can officially travel up to 64 miles on electricity alone in S580e plug-in hybrid form.

The UK company car tax system rewards a long electric range, so choosing those Mercedes models over the A8 will be a financial no-brainer for certain people, even with the 60 TFSIe’s extended zero emissions capability.

However, the A8 promises to be better value than most direct rivals when it comes to leasing costs. And while the updates to the car for 2022 are fairly minor, it continues to set the standard in key areas including refinement and build quality.

Audi S8 2022 LHD front action

As for the S8 (above), it doesn’t offer the cornering thrills of something like a BMW M5 but it is hugely appealing in its own right because it’s crushingly fast yet comfortable and quiet.

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Audi A8 60 TFSIe

Price from £86,960 Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 456bhp Torque 516lb ft Gearbox eight-speed auto 0-62mph 4.9sec Top speed 155mph Fuel economy 156.9mpg (WLTP) CO2 emissions, tax band 41g/km, 11%

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