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 262 quattro sport 4dr tip auto

Finance price £396 per month

Cash price £25,790

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: £59,310

You could save up to: £20870

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

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

Starting at: £60,996

You could save up to: £21179

55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £60,683

You could save up to: £21122

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

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £62,369

You could save up to: £21431

l 50 tdi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £62,686

You could save up to: £21489

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

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

Starting at: £64,372

You could save up to: £21798

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

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £65,745

You could save up to: £22050

l 55 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £64,059

You could save up to: £21741

Audi A8 S Line

50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £56,944

You could save up to: £20436

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

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

Starting at: £58,630

You could save up to: £20745

55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £58,317

You could save up to: £20688

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

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

Starting at: £60,003

You could save up to: £20997

l 50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £60,320

You could save up to: £21055

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

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

Starting at: £62,006

You could save up to: £21364

l 55 tfsi quattro s line 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £61,693

You could save up to: £21307

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

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

Starting at: £63,379

You could save up to: £21616

Audi A8 S8

s8 quattro 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £76,218

You could save up to: £23812

Audi A8 Sport

50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £53,146

You could save up to: £19739

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

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

Starting at: £54,832

You could save up to: £20048

55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £54,519

You could save up to: £19991

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

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

Starting at: £56,205

You could save up to: £20300

60 tfsi e quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £62,488

You could save up to: £21692

60 tfsi e quattro sport 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £73,049

You could save up to: £13126

l 50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £56,522

You could save up to: £20358

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

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

Starting at: £58,207

You could save up to: £20668

l 55 tfsi quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £57,895

You could save up to: £20610

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

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

Starting at: £59,581

You could save up to: £20919

l 60 tfsi e quattro sport 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £65,868

You could save up to: £22312

l 60 tfsi e quattro sport 4dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £76,309

You could save up to: £13866

Audi A8 Vorsprung

50 tdi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £79,451

You could save up to: £24464

55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £80,824

You could save up to: £24716

l 50 tdi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

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

Starting at: £81,137

You could save up to: £24773

l 55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 4dr tiptronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £82,510

You could save up to: £25025

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