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 4dr tiptronic

Total RRP £74,995

Your quote £57,113

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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

50 tdi quattro 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £52,171

You could save up to: £16929

55 tfsi quattro 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 36.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £53,837

You could save up to: £17163

l 50 tdi quattro 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £55,447

You could save up to: £17648

l 55 tfsi quattro 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 36.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £57,113

You could save up to: £17882

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