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Audi A8 consumer reviews by year of make: 2005  2006  2007  2008 

Audi A8 consumer car reviews

Satinder S Jaswal, Norway

Audi A8 3.0 TDI 2008

5 star review

I have driven the A3/A4/A6/Q5 and now A8.I bought a BMW X5, my very first and probably my last BMW. This A8, with low mileage and in good condition, offers superb driving pleasure. Its performance is to be experienced in snow and icy conditions. Go for it!

Submitted: 2011-11-07 | ID: 36579

Chris Shaw, Yorkshire

Audi A8 3.0 TDI SE Quattro 2007

5 star review

Without doubt one of the very best cars in the world. Wonderful feeling of security and safety. Absolutely imperturbable progress, mated with surprising economy. Peerless refinement and utterly fabulous build quality. The car has been completely reliable, having transported me the length and breadth of the country in a manner I could have only dreamt about until I purchased this vehicle. The new A8, due to these shores in 1010, will have to be very special and innovative if it is to surpass this one. Recommended utterly and without hesitation!

Submitted: 2008-10-06 | ID: 36583

Paul Sutherland, Middlesex

Audi A8 4.2 V8 FSI quattro SE 2008

4 star review

The 4.2 V8 engine is needed to get a car of this size really moving. The handling is deft, the grip and body control impressive. A smooth ride is made possible by a great suspension. Head and legroom fits all shapes and sizes with ease and the boot is simply massive. The Audi’s build quality to the very high standard that you now come to expect. Leather upholstery and climate control come as standard, Audi even throw in a Satnav and automatic transmission. The A8 is almost like a mobile home and offers a wonderful feeling of safety and security. The reasons I am unable to award the A8 5 stars is that the fuel economy and company car tax make this a VERY expensive car to own. This is one of the most attractive models available and offers and a classy ride. In hindsight I would opt for a diesel.

Submitted: 2008-05-15 | ID: 36586

Tom Burrows, London

Audi A8 4.2 V8 FSI quattro SE Tiptronic 2007

5 star review

I own an executive taxi firm and this car fits the bill perfectly. This car is perfect for collecting executive passengers from the airport and getting them to meetings in style, without fuss or delay. A beautiful car to drive and very generously equipped. I will be purchasing another to add to my fleet very soon.

Submitted: 2008-04-24 | ID: 36584

Tom Peters, Lancashire

Audi A8 4.2 TDi 2006

5 star review

I have owned the car since new, it is the most amazing machine that I have ever driven. Fabulous engine and amazing gearbox. Power delivery is effortless and places many so called supercars in shame. Economy is average, yet high on performance, not as special as my previous Audi s8 however more technically advanced with so many more gadgets. Overall a splendid motor vehicle, good on Audi. Definitely recommend to any alternative.

Submitted: 2008-03-25 | ID: 36585

Philip Atterwill, London

Audi A8 3.0L TDI Quattro 2005

2 star review

This has been a most disappointing experience. The look of the car is fine but te problems started from day one. The PDI was very poor and there was still remenents of the wax coating left on several parts of the bodywork making it feel quite rough to the touch and dulled the appearance in places. The car is almost 3 years old now and has done 6000 miles only. We have had to endure squeaks and rattles from the seats, dashboard and door panels and to date they have never been cured. I am told that this is a common fault. The only way to overcome the squeaks and rattles is to leave the radio on a music programme to relieve the torture. The power boot soon gave up and you had to use it manually for quite a while and was eventually cured I was told by a software update. Have had intermittent trouble with the emission control system and the car is quite heavy on fuel and if you leave the engine on whilst you go to get something out of the boot the smell of fumes is unpleasant. Metal strips on the dashboard have worked their way loose and various warning lights have shown up from time to time. The electric wing mirrors sometimes develop a mind of their own but after a minute or so return to normal. The parking brake system malfunctioned on a number of occassions with the warning light appearing on the instrument panal and sometimes you had the warning light flashing for the whole of your journey. It happened so often that you never knew if it was a brake fault or an electronic malfunction. The screen for the driver information occasionaly had a mind of it’s own. On two occassions when I had to call out the Audi emergency service it took between 3 and four hours to get there although I must admit that I had parked the car in London and then called them. Generally I also feel that the build quality is not as good as it should be for a flagship model. The dealer service is fine but Audi’s customer complaint department leaves a lot to be desired.

Responses to this review

In response to Mr Atterwill’s criticism of the vehicle, all I will say is having checked the log book, I find I have just bought your old car! It has been in the hands of a delightful gentleman from Inverness for the last few years and I must say you must be a very hard man to please because I think the car is wonderful. Although you did not feel it necessary to criticise it’s performance, the Superchip that was later fitted to it has made a world of difference to the performance, which is now close to a stock 4.2 TDi - Tim Lyons from Cheshire

Submitted: 2007-11-14 | ID: 36580

Simon Lewis, Leicestershire

Audi A8 2007

5 star review

Fabulous build quality with excellent equipment & refinement. Lots of room in the back. A serious competitor to the Mercedes S-Class.

Submitted: 2007-10-25 | ID: 36582

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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 w [...]

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3.0-litre TDI - A beautiful car; the diesels should be the popular choice as they offer economy and power. You may be forgiven for thinking that you are driving on glass; such is softness of the ride.

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