ABS standard. Side air bags standard in front and rear. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC available in 2000, standard from 2001.
Audi's flagship sedan competes among the world's largest and most luxurious sedans, and is the only car in its price range 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.