New car review Audi A8 (2010on) Sunday Times Driving

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New car review: Audi A8 (2010-on)

refresh in 2014 tidies on what is, underneath, still a prestige saloon

£58,800 £100,000 (est.)

The not so good

Limited storage space in console

— Fiddly selector

— Doesn’t quite as special to ride in as luxury cars

What is the A8?

Audi’s flagship saloon may like a run-of-the-mill exec-mobile but to some clever marketing with celebrities it has become the car of for red carpet events, earning it extra cachet.

The model mid-life updates for the start of including more powerful and efficient engines, styling to the bonnet, grille, bumpers and and an uprated night vision that identifies large as well as pedestrians. Also new are the (but optional) “Matrix LED headlights which recognise vehicles and extinguish those of the light that would dazzle them. The space to side remains well in full beam mode.

Clever stuff.

Four engines are available: a supercharged 3.0 with 305bhp, a 4.0 TFSI V8 with 429bhp, an uprated 4.0 TFSI for the sporty S8 version, from spring 2014, the 6.3-litre W12 producing 493bhp. are also two new diesel options: the 3.0 TDI 254bhp and the 4.2 TDI with 380bhp a massive 626lb ft of torque, An eco-friendly hybrid option out the range with 242bhp.

Rivals to the Audi A8 include the of the very impressive Mercedes which was re-launched at the end of 2013, the BMW Maserati Quattroporte and Jaguar XJ.


In the highly competitive, image-conscious of the chief executive, the W12-engined A8 certainly score well on the stakes, as would the tuned S8. we drove the new 3-litre TDI and, if you’re a motorway driver who more punch than you’re off your rocker. a smooth, powerful engine manage 0-62mph in 5.9sec and 30mpg in town and 40mpg on runs (the official is 47.9mpg combined).

Audi’s four-wheel drive system is across most of the model the notable exceptions being the and W12 versions. It means all four work in harmony to keep you to the road, even in tricky Air suspension is standard, making road humps a breeze.

Simply hit the “raise” button and the car itself up to avoid any hint of scrapes.

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With the suspension down, and especially in Dynamic (chosen via the standard-fit Audi Select system), the car feels nimble through corners, and fun to drive. Stick it in Comfort and its character changes completely, the A8 able to glide over imperfections like a magic It really is a car of many talents.


The 2014 Audi A8 is available in a of three specifications: SE, SE Executive and Executive. Standard equipment on the model includes Valcona seats, electric heated seats with four-way support, a 7in colour screen and sat nav system, DAB radio and Audi’s MMI infotainment system. There are a of options, of course: a Bang audio system, ventilated seats, power-assisted door and more.

Audi will personalise it all to your tastes, We liked the five massage on the front seats – a snip at

The rear cabin of an A8, especially in long-wheelbase versions of the model, is a comfortable place to spend It compares favourably with of the new Mercedes S-class and Maserati although you couldn’t mistake any of for the interior of a Bentley or Rolls-Royce. talking top executive, not luxury, here.

Still, the A8’s £10,060 seat package does add luxuries as comfort rear front passenger seat from the rear, electrically lumbar support for outer seats and 12-way electrically reclining seats with Essential stuff if you’re to convey the likes of Cameron but not if it’s to be used as a family

And sometimes less, is more. For it’s possible to spend fine-tuning your high-tech via its infinite range of adjustment ever feeling truly And the quattro system, however in all types of weather scenarios, the central tunnel between the and passenger is filled with parts, depriving the car’s of cubby hole space for lavish, after-show party

The one to buy

2014 Audi A8 3.0 TDI quattro SE tiptronic

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