Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
The LS has a list price of just over £80,000 in our preferred mid-range Luxury trim and with four-wheel drive (to match the A8), making its rival look like a bargain. But don’t be fooled. The LS comes with a vast array of kit; spec an A8 to a similar level and you’d be looking at nearly £90,000.
No matter how you look at it, though, the LS is more expensive to insure, service and fuel. Slower depreciation should take some of the sting out of the LS’s hefty list price for private buyers, but that seems of little consolation when the LS costs £441 more a month on a PCP finance deal.
Anyone looking to run the LS as a company car, however, will find it a closer-run thing. If you compare both cars as standard models, the A8 will save anyone in the 40% tax bracket around £5000 over three years. However, once you factor in those aforementioned options on the A8, it’s actually the LS that comes out fractionally cheaper.
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