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Audi A8 road test report

Audi A8

The Audi A8 is a powerful and elegant looking car, but if you are going to describe this vehicle in a word, it would be luxurious. Audi has tried to create a machine that pairs, power with comfort, in a saloon car and from our test we would agree, any senior executive would be very pleased if this was his/her car. With prices starting at £49,975 and rising to £80,260 it may not be one of the most common cars in the UK but it will turn heads.

Road Test Reports Says4 star rating
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Performance Performance - 4 stars

The A8 has a range of power plants to choose from, they include a 210PS 2.8-litre V6, a 260PS 3.2-litre V6, a 260PS 3.2-litre V6 quattro and a 350PS 4.2-litre V8 quattro. The A8 has also got two diesel units, a 233PS 3.0-litre V6 TDI Quattro and a 326PS 4.2-litre TDI Quattro concludes the line-up. On test we had the 210PS V6 2.8-litre car. It is certainly no slouch, this executive chariot can do the zero to 62mph in a time of eight seconds and it has a top speed of 147mph. The engine we found is very refined and purrs along, decide to ‘push on’ and the A8 twin exhausts fire into action offering a throaty soundtrack to your travels.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

Already a preconceived thought on how the A8 will drive? Well get rid of it, yes this car may look big and maybe you would think a little cumbersome, well think the opposite, the A8 performs quite majestically on the open road. We tested the car on both, motorways and B-roads and the A8 proved to be much more than a motorway cruiser. It may look as ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ with its high-brow stance but this car for the size of it, handles terrifically well on B-roads. ‘Press-on’ and you will be delighted by the feedback you get from the front wheels, the handling is refreshingly surprising… in a good way. The A8 has adaptive air suspension with variable damping – this adjusts the suspension automatically when the road surface changes. Making the car a really good drive on even the most challenging roads.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 5 stars

The A8 is a sumptuous place to be seated in, from the leather seats to the walnut panels on the dash, this car is close to being the ultimate office on wheels, very plush indeed. The interior is well-made just as you would expect for a car that costs close to 50k at its entry price and the exterior looks sleek, elegant yet powerful. Depending on how you drive the car, the German maker offer two service regimes, a conventional ‘Inspection Service Regime’ and the flexible ‘Long Life Service Regime’ proving that this car should have good reliability record.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 5 stars

The standard of safety equipment is high on the A8. To protect passengers in the event of an accident there are a host of airbags, two up front for the driver and passenger while there are also side bags and there is also sideguard head protection system on the vehicle. There is stacks of technical kit to help stop the car from being involved in an accident in the first place. The A8 features Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) traction control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) that networks the ABS, EBD, ASR and EDL systems, these ensure greater stability at all speeds by braking individual wheels as required and overriding the engine-management system. The car is also protected from thieves as it has an Anti-theft alarm fitted with tow-away protection including interior monitoring (Thatcham Category 1 approved).

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 4 stars

There is a generous amount of cabin space, with opulent interior materials and equipment to deliver the ultimate in driver and passenger comfort, the inside of the A8 is a high class office. There are plenty of cubby’s for your nik-naks while the door pockets are brilliant, they allow easy access by slanting forward to provide a better aperture to load your goodies into. You will have plenty of space in the boot for a couple of sets of golf clubs as it is huge, in fact we got three sets of clubs into it on test, there was even enough space for a trolley.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 4 stars

The Audi 2.8 FSI we tested is not cheap but it will keep around 50% of its value after three years and average mileage. The insurance grouping is high too, 17E. CO2 emissions are also on the big side, in fact the car emits 199g/km, which puts this car in a tax band of J.

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