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New BMW 5 Series vs used Audi A8: verdict
Our favourite new luxury car is the brilliant BMW 5 Series, but would you be better off buying a used Audi A8 limousine for less money?...
New BMW 5 Series vs used Audi A8 – alternatives
New rivals, used rivals
As far as plug-in hybrids go, the Skoda Superb iV is well worth a look, because it has even lower emissions than the 530e, a hatchback rear end that's very practical, and the ability to travel 35 miles on volts alone. It won't handle as well as a 5 Series, but then you're not paying 5 Series money.
The Mercedes S-Class has long been the standard-bearer for luxury cars. This was the case for the previous generation version almost all the way through its run, before the A8 came along and stole its thunder by having an even nicer interior and more supple suspension.
New BMW 5 Series vs used Audi A8 – which is best?
While it might sound like a cop-out, it sort of depends upon your circumstances as to whether you go for the 5 Series or A8.
If you're lucky enough to get a company car, the plug-in hybrid 5 Series makes huge sense thanks to its ludicrously low benefit-in-kind (BIK) rate of 11%. If not, you might still be able to make the 5 Series work in your life, especially if you have access to a home charger.
On the other hand, if you're planning to buy outright, it's hard to look past the A8. Not only is it still reasonably fuel efficient, but it also gives you the biggest bang for your buck because of its more luxurious interior, upscale technology and stupendous comfort.
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