New Audi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class

The new Audi A8 is possibly the most advanced car you can buy, so it poses the biggest threat yet to the Mercedes S-Class’s dominance of the luxury limo class

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Infotainment systems

Audi A8

Audi has opted for dual touchscreens (10.1in and 8.6in) on the A8 – the upper screen for infotainment and the lower one for climate controls.The former is high-resolution and haptic feedback helps to gauge when you’ve pressed an icon,but it’s still more fiddly to use on the move than the previous A8’s MMI system. DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat-nav, four USB ports, wireless charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all standard.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

A sharp 12.3in screen dominates the S-Class’s dash, with the menus navigated via a rotary controller between the front seats. It’s not the most logical or responsive of its type (the best remains BMW’s iDrive system),but it’s certainly easier to find and select what you need while driving than it is in the A8. It, too, comes with built-in sat-nav, Bluetooth, wireless charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but only two USB ports.

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