Used Audi A8 (2010-2017)

It’s a large luxury car, but the Audi A8 is also fun to drive and discreet - thanks to its understated design

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Powerful and efficient diesel engines
Nimble and stable in corners
High equipment levels

Weaknesses 

Design makes the car anonymous
Bumpy on rough roads
Noticeable tyre noise
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Audi A8 Saloon l 55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

Total RRP £105,500

Your quote £83,611

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Whether being wafted from stage door to hotel or battling the morning commute, there are few nicer places to be than an A8. The big Audi’s rivals include the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ but the Audi is more elegant and effortlessly discreet than any of them, which is how some people like their luxury cars.

But its very discretion means that it looks very similar to the far cheaper and smaller Audi A4 saloon.

The heart of the engine range is a powerful and efficient 3.0-litre V6 diesel. It’s more than up to the job, making the 4.2 diesel above it unnecessary. The petrols – a monstrous 6.3-litre W16, and the 4.0-litre V8s in the S8 and S8 Plus – are for performance junkies.

The A8 is four-wheel drive as standard so grip levels are high. There’s an instant response when you turn the steering wheel, and the A8 remains stable, not leading in corners, even at high speeds. This gives it a sense of agility and makes it fun to drive.

It also helps maintain control if you suddenly have to swerve, and allows you to thread your way along narrow roads with confidence.

The downside to this is that the ride is on the firm side, a common Audi weakness. Adjustable suspension is standard but it’s impossible to find a setting that’s as smooth as a Mercedes S-Class. There’s an unpleasant level of tyre noise, too.

The A8’s interior is classic Audi: classy and beautifully made. True, the dashboard bristles with dials, gizmos and buttons. However there’s a slight sense it’s behind the times. The interior of the much newer BMW 7 Series, especially, makes a lot more impact and is very high tech. The A8’s expensive options list restores a lot of lost ground, however.

As you’d expect, cabin space is not in short supply. The rear cabin is very spacious but if you have especially long legs or really like to spread out, there’s always the long wheelbase version. The boot will take enough luggage for a long weekend but the rear seats don’t fold so forget carrying long, flat-pack furniture.

It’s a luxury car so even the ‘basic’ SE has LED headlights, 18in alloys wheels, power adjustable front seats with position memory and a sat nav. It’s well provided for safety-wise but on the options list is a night vision system that can spot pedestrians or animals in the road.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 17:15

Audi A8 Prices

Audi A8 Black Edition

50 tdi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £61,485

You could save up to: £17830

50 tdi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £62,917

You could save up to: £18093

55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £62,584

You could save up to: £18031

55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £64,016

You could save up to: £18294

l 50 tdi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £64,861

You could save up to: £18449

l 50 tdi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £66,293

You could save up to: £18712

l 55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptron [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £67,392

You could save up to: £18913

l 55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £65,959

You could save up to: £18651

Audi A8 S Line

50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £59,119

You could save up to: £17396

50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £60,551

You could save up to: £17659

55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £60,218

You could save up to: £17597

55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £61,650

You could save up to: £17860

l 50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £62,495

You could save up to: £18015

l 50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £63,927

You could save up to: £18278

l 55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £63,593

You could save up to: £18217

l 55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 35.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £65,026

You could save up to: £18479

Audi A8 Sport

50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £55,046

You could save up to: £16649

50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £56,479

You could save up to: £16911

55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 36.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £56,419

You could save up to: £16901

55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 36.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £57,852

You could save up to: £17163

l 50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £58,422

You could save up to: £17268

l 50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £59,854

You could save up to: £17531

l 55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 36.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £59,795

You could save up to: £17520

l 55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 36.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £61,227

You could save up to: £17783

Audi A8 Vorsprung

50 tdi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £84,702

You could save up to: £17503

55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £85,801

You could save up to: £17704

l 50 tdi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £86,388

You could save up to: £17812

l 55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £83,611

You could save up to: £21889

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