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
Best finance deal

Audi A8 Diesel Saloon (2014-2017) 3.0 tdi quattro se executive lwb 4dr tip auto

Finance price £321 per month

Cash price £17,800

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.

Last Updated 

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: £58,935

You could save up to: £20805

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

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

Starting at: £60,367

You could save up to: £21068

55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £60,033

You could save up to: £21007

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

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £61,465

You could save up to: £21270

l 50 tdi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £62,310

You could save up to: £21425

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

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

Starting at: £63,743

You could save up to: £21687

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

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £64,841

You could save up to: £21889

l 55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £63,409

You could save up to: £21626

Audi A8 S Line

50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £56,569

You could save up to: £20371

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

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

Starting at: £58,001

You could save up to: £20634

55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £57,667

You could save up to: £20573

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

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

Starting at: £59,099

You could save up to: £20836

l 50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £59,944

You could save up to: £20991

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

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

Starting at: £61,377

You could save up to: £21253

l 55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £61,578

You could save up to: £21192

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

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

Starting at: £63,010

You could save up to: £21455

Audi A8 Sport

50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £52,496

You could save up to: £19624

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

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

Starting at: £53,928

You could save up to: £19887

55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £53,869

You could save up to: £19876

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

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

Starting at: £55,301

You could save up to: £20139

l 50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £55,871

You could save up to: £20244

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

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

Starting at: £57,304

You could save up to: £20506

l 55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £57,245

You could save up to: £20495

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

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

Starting at: £58,677

You could save up to: £20758

Audi A8 Vorsprung

50 tdi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £78,812

You could save up to: £24353

55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £79,910

You could save up to: £24555

l 50 tdi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £80,497

You could save up to: £24663

l 55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £81,596

You could save up to: £24864

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