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2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

The Audi A8 Hybrid is a new flagship for the company’s A8 luxury car range.

It a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol (a first for the A8) with an electric giving a combined output of while helping it average 45mpg and emit just of CO2.

It all runs through a version of Audi’s eight-speed auto transmission, with driving modes: EV gives to the electric motor, D works the two sources in tandem and S is the sporty

From the outside, the Hybrid is from other A8s by its turbine-style alloy wheels, hybrid and unique paintwork, while it has a of standard equipment over and the existing SE.

Three-zone climate control, LED and a Bose stereo with a DAB are all standard, along with adaptive air suspension and Noise technology that improves the refinement.

What’s the 2012 A8 Hybrid like to drive?

The thing that strikes you is the silence as you pull away in mode. The car is whisper-quiet as you gather from rest.

Sadly, doesn’t last long, the petrol engine soon in; and, while there’s not wrong with the performance it – especially with the electric to lend a hand – the noise it is not what you’d expect of a car.

The trouble is, the 2.0-litre has only four cylinders, and that might be okay for a car, its harsh note revved hard is completely at with the ambience you want in a saloon.

Worse still, it’s not you hear only under acceleration; it’s there at relatively modest speeds.


To cap it the rev-hungry nature of the petrol doesn’t work well the automatic gearbox. The changes especially smooth and it occasionally to pick the most appropriate

If you’re just pootling town or keeping up a steady on the motorway, these things an issue. However, we think will rarely be the case, and the of refinement is our biggest issue the car.

Sadly, it isn’t our only For all the A8’s sure-footed feel on the and through bends, the ride is too firm and unsettled.

What’s the Audi A8 Hybrid like

As far as the driver is concerned, the most difference between the hybrid and A8s is the Powermeter on the dashboard (where expect to find a rev counter in a A8), which shows how the system is operating.

Otherwise, the A8 is identical to any other A8 inside, a cabin that’s beautifully stylish and stuffed with

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There’s plenty of space for six-footers, too, and all the seats are and supportive.

As ever, Audi’s MMI control takes some getting to, but once you’ve cracked it, relatively easy.

The only compromise you have to make for the system is that the battery up quite a large part of the space.

Should I buy one?

if you do want to buy an A8 Hybrid, you’ll to wait the best part of a First deliveries are expected in 2013.

However, the crucial missing in all this is how much the car cost in the UK. All Audi will say is it will be ‘competitively priced the A8 range’, but in Germany the car costs the same as an A8 3.0 TDI.

If Audi can sell the car for that of money in the UK – just under – then the maths will out in its favour.

You see, the Hybrid is more economical than the 3.0 TDI the range’s top-seller, and by some and has lower CO2 emissions, so it will considerable attraction to business especially as it won’t suffer the 3% imposed on the diesel car or on the diesel-engined that are the only luxury to come close to this of emissions.

That won’t the problem of the four-cylinder engine’s refinement, of course – and those who can to do so, will doubtless still with a six-cylinder car – but for those of financial savings, company may well be willing to turn a ear to its shortcomings in that department.

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