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2019 Audi A8 Is a First-Class Cruiser in a Subtle Package

CR's testers detail their first impressions of this new luxury sedan

2019 Audi A8 front

The 2019 Audi A8 has been redesigned to court sophisticated buyers in the ultra-luxury sedan segment, with a focus on extra creature comforts, including heated armrests, technology, and partially automated driving capabilities.

We recently purchased our own A8 L and immediately began comparing it with other high-end models, such as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the recently tested Lexus LS. This is an exclusive group, and any model looking to compete has a high bar to reach.

These are our first impressions of this new model. 

What we bought: 2019 Audi A8 L
Powertrain: 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $83,800
Options: $12,800 (executive package, first-edition package, driver assistance package, 20-inch-wheel package, cold weather package)
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $97,595


The A8 is immensely satisfying to drive, with a smooth and responsive powertrain, an almost magic carpet ride, and an interior that’s as nice as a five-star hotel (and almost as roomy).