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Audi A8

2017
Audi A8 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 4.0T sedan AWD Automatic
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. A 2019 redesign has been unveiled.
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2011-2018
2011 Redesign Year
Audi A8 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Base
For 2011, Audi brought a significantly improved car. Handling became crisp and grip from the AWD system helped make it one of the sportiest luxury sedans available. Expect a ride that's firm, yet supple. The strong engines deliver smooth and effortless acceleration while attaining commendable fuel economy. Interior ambiance, quality of materials and craftsmanship are top-notch, with exceptionally comfortable and supportive front seats. However, some controls are overly complicated and the trunk is small for a car this size. Note: The Environmental Protection Agency says Volkswagen installed "defeat devices" in 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines offered through Audi, Porsche, and VW brands in order to cheat on emissions tests. (VW denies this.) Consequently,Consumer Reportsis suspending our recommendation of affected models with this diesel powertrain because there's a chance that the fuel economy, performance, and driving characteristics could change from any action to bring these models in line with emissions standards. For the latest information, see our guide to the Volkswagen emissions recall.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $60,650 - $67,050 $56,905 - $62,905
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2015 $46,275 - $80,625 $42,960 - $76,065
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2014 $39,250 - $68,650 $36,510 - $64,260
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2013 $33,850 - $59,050 $31,025 - $55,025
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2012 $29,200 - $49,475 $26,300 - $45,800
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2011 $24,050 - $26,125 $21,060 - $23,060
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2004-2010
2004 Redesign Year
Audi A8 2010 Trim Shown: 2010 L
Audi's aluminum flagship has always been comfortable, capable, and replete with the latest safety gear. It's also quick and extremely quiet, with a roomy and impressively finished cabin. Handling is fairly nimble. The Multi Media Interface (MMI) multifunction control system is more intuitive than most of its ilk, but still complicated and distracting. Despite its lightweight aluminum unibody, our tested A8 returned an unimpressive 17 mpg overall. The 2004 redesign brought a six-speed automatic transmission and a 4.2-liter V8 engine. The A8 has also hosted V12 and V10 engines.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $19,150 - $20,700 $16,175 - $17,675
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2009 $16,075 - $26,375 $13,095 - $23,095
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2008 $13,150 - $22,500 $10,260 - $19,260
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2007 $10,700 - $18,700 $7,895 - $15,495
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2006 $8,725 - $14,050 $6,035 - $11,035
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2005 $7,025 - $10,700 $4,430 - $7,880
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2004 $6,050 - $6,050 $3,515 - $3,515
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1997-2003
Audi A8 2003 Trim Shown: 2003 AWD Quattro Sedan
Audi's flagship sedan competes among the world's largest and most luxurious sedans, and is the only car in its class to offer standard all-wheel drive. Notable features include an aluminum body and a burly 4.2-liter V8. A five-speed automatic transmission and stability control are standard. The A8 has a total of eight air bags--one in each of the doors, as well as side-curtain head-protection bags. But so-so ride comfort and control placement show this model's age. The longer-wheelbase A8L features a roomier rear seat. A higher-performance 360-hp S8 model is the latest edition. A GPS navigation system comes standard.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2003 $4,825 - $7,175 $2,335 - $4,555
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2002 $3,975 - $5,850 $1,620 - $3,285
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2001 N/A N/A
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2000 N/A N/A
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