New Lexus LS vs Audi A8
Lexus’s hybrid LS limo is back for its most determined attempt yet to shake up the luxury car class. That means beating the Audi A8...
The LS has an impressive 12.3in infotainment screen, but the system is accessed via a fiddly touchpad controller between the seats, so it’s particularly tricky to operate while driving. The LS partly makes up for this with its beautifully balanced 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. The equivalent Bang & Olufsen system in the A8 comes in at a whopping £6350. Then again, the LS doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
The A8’s infotainment system is operated via a 10.1in touchscreen, mounted above the 8.6in one for the climate control. The absence of physical buttons can make it tricky to use on the move, but a combination of a high-resolution screen and haptic feedback ensures that it gets easier with experience. DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat-nav, wireless charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirrroring are all standard.