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Audi's top-level sedan delivers smooth and effortless acceleration yet attains commendable fuel economy even with all-wheel drive. The car handles crisply and holds the road tenaciously, making it one of the sportiest luxury sedans we've tested. The ride is firm and steady but not as cushy as in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Interior ambience, quality of materials, and craftsmanship are top-notch, and the cabin is quiet. The front seats are exceptionally comfortable and supportive, with a variety of massage settings. The rear seat is worthy of a limo, but the trunk is a bit small. The infotainment system takes some getting used to but proves logical. The base supercharged V6 has ample power, but the 4.0-liter V8 turbo is a powerhouse worthy of such a flagship.

Road Test

Audi's flagship sedan, the A8 scores very high in our luxury-car lineup, alongside the Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Its powerful engine provides effortless thrust, yet attains commendable fuel economy -- even with the standard AWD. It also han...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (333 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 turbo (450 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 turbo (605 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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