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Audi A8

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Audi A8

(2018 – present)

    Summary


    The Audi A8 is a large luxury saloon, sitting above the smaller A6, A4 and A3 saloon models in the Audi range. The current model is the fifth generation Audi flagship saloon, and the fourth to carry the A8 name.

    The latest Audi A8 arrived in the UK in Winter 2021, initially with a choice of petrol or diesel engines and more recently with a plug-in hybrid option. It’s a relatively subtle update, bringing more chrome, more LED lights and more technology to the existing car.

    There also is a high-performance model called the S8, which joined the range several months after the lower-level models were launched.

    The A8 has received almost unanimously positive reviews from the UK media, with many titles placing it equal to or even above the traditional class leader, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, since then an all-new S-Class has hit UK streets, with an Expert Rating score that sits comfortably above the A8 or anything else in its class.

    The Audi A8 has been praised for its overall comfort and technology, even compared to the lofty standards of the luxury saloon market, as well as its driving dynamics. However, several reports have suggested that it’s not as comfortable in the back seats – which is where many owners will likely be sitting – as the Mercedes.

    As of May 2022, the Audi A8 holds an Expert Rating of 78% based on 44 reviews.

    Audi A8 highlights

    • Super comfortable and refined
    • Standard mild hybrid engines
    • Chock-full of advanced technology
    • Choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid

    Audi A8 lowlights

    • Driving dynamics not as good as a BMW 7 Series
    • Plug-in hybrid batteries compromise boot space
    • Rear seats not as comfy as a Mercedes S-Class
    • All-new S-Class has moved the goalposts

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large saloon
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £75,035 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2017
    Last updated: Spring 2020
    Last updated: Spring 2022


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    The Audi A8 was not crash tested by Euro NCAP when it was launched in 2018 and we are not expecting it to happen during the rest of its model life. If it does, we will update this section accordingly.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, the Audi A8 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the A8 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A8 has received

    2021

    • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car for Performance (S8)

    2020

    • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Luxury Car

    2019

    • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car over £60K
    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Luxury Car

    2018

    • World Car of the Year Awards – World Luxury Car
    • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car, £50K – £100K

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    Audi A8The Audi A8 saloon has received many positive reviews for its comfort and advanced technology, and is a suitable flagship for the Audi range.