The redesigned 2019 A8 is one of the most impressive cars we’ve tested. This ultra-luxury sedan is immensely satisfying to drive, thanks to its smooth and responsive powertrain, an almost magic carpet ride, and elegant interior. We were impressed by the 335-hp, turbocharged V6 engine, which delivers the acceleration and performance of a bigger V8 engine.
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Audi A8 Road Test

The redesigned 2019 A8 is one of the most impressive cars we’ve tested. This ultra-luxury sedan is immensely satisfying to drive, thanks to its smooth and responsive powertrain, an almost magic carpet ride, and elegant interior.

We were impressed by the 335-hp, turbocharged V6 engine, which delivers the acceleration and performance of a bigger V8 engine. It is paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly and imperceptibly. This powertrain doesn't suffer from any of the delays associated with turbo engines. The A8 has a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup, which uses a large battery to reduce the power demands on the engine. All of this combines to give the A8 fuel economy of 21 mpg overall, which is commendable for such a large and quick all-wheel-drive car.

The A8 comes with a standard adaptive air suspension, which automatically increases or lowers pressure to deliver a smoother or stiffer ride as needed. This suspension delivers a comfortable ride that leaves passengers blissfully unaware of rough pavement. The big Audi comes close to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’s benchmark plushness, and it’s far superior to the Lexus LS. Taking the A8 on a long road trip means the driver and passengers arrive fresh, rather than beaten up.

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Buyers might want to consider the Executive package that adds blind spot warning with rear cross traffic warning, surround view cameras, head-up display, dual-pane acoustic glass all around and a heated steering wheel. Note that the optional Driver Assistance package brings adaptive cruise control...
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