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Car and Driving Independent Used Review of the A8 (2010 to 2013) .

By Andy Last updated 15 Nov 2013 .

The Audi A8 needs little in the way of It s a luxury saloon that head to head with like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 the Jaguar XJ and the Lexus LS. The original point of the A8 was that it offered drive and an aluminium construction, many of its rivals look old and That theme continues

Yes, you can buy front-wheel drive A8s as as has long been the case, but to do so to lose part of what s about this car.

4dr saloon (3.0, 4.2 diesel, 4.0, 6.3 petrol, 2.0 petrol/electric [SE, SE Executive, Sport, S8,

History

Here s the history of the A8 condensed into a paragraph. The car was launched to rave reviews in 1994, offering a genuine to the Mercedes-Benz S Class and the BMW 7 Series. We got or long wheelbase, an S8 version was made famous in the gangster Ronin and bigger-selling front-wheel 2.8-litre cars. This lasted until 2002 a bigger and clever second car arrived. The styling was refreshed in and the A8 got Audi s clever FSI petrol

A crazy S8 with a 5.2-litre V10 was from 2006 to 2009. It was in for a 2010 UK launch that we saw the car we deal with here, the generation — or D4 in Audi-speak A8.

The third generation A8 was a car that confident in its own skin. Highlights all-LED headlights, a new touch Multi Media Interface incorporating anticipatory satellite with night vision, and the drive select adaptive system with an optional differential. The car launched with enhanced FSI and TDI engines. Buyers from 3.0 and 4.2-litre diesel or a petrol powerplant.

Audi more power and torque and improvements of up to 22 per cent, mated to tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive with asymmetric distribution. All models featured recuperation technology, but 3.0 TDI versions include engine start-stop

February 2011 saw the launch of the versions of the A8. This LWB car was offered the 6.3-litre W12 petrol engine an extremely rare sight. At the end of the efficiency scale, Audi a 2.0-litre petrol/electric hybrid in August 2011 capable of and with emissions of 148g/km. impressive returns rather conventionally was the front wheel 3.0 TDI variant with 204PS and a CO2 output of 159g/km, a car which in mid-2012. Rather more was the 2012 S8, which got a new 4.0-litre generating no less than and delivering a constant 650Nm of between 1,700 and 5,500

The A8 range was subsequently given a and a tech update for the 2014 year.

What You Pay (used_pay)

You Get

Never one of the luxury saloon s most ostentatious players, the A8 to maintain a cool studied in its design. This car might not equal the beautifully long and profile of its predecessor but there s of a sinewy tension about its resulting in an imposing road The sheer size of the A8 helps the necessary gravitas with of 5,137mm for the length and close to two for the width.

Audi s familiar frame grille and stylish LED headlamps characterise the front

Audi vehicle interiors remain the envy of the world and the A8 finesses the details up another of notches. There s a wide of different leathers, trim in wood and metal, plus a range of high technology but the basic layout conforms to s usual policy of clean and the highest quality. The rear isn t huge but there s certainly for six-foot occupants to sit in comfort and the option is available to those who want to stretch out.

A boot should hold than enough luggage.

The s version of the excellent MMI control marshals the ancillary controls on a display screen that out from the dash. It helps the A8 do a job than any of its rivals of keeping the button clutter to a minimum. mention must go to the gorgeous gear lever than you feel like you re bringing a 747 in to

There s also a touch pad on drivers can trace letters a finger to input destinations to the system.

What You Pay

Prices are now under œ20,000 for a high 3.0-litre TDI quattro on a 60 plate. the added grunt of the 4.2-litre You ll need to budget around for one of these on an 11 plate, while a low 4.2-litre FSI petrol A8 in SE trim run you around œ32,000 for an 11-plater. A S8 still commands somewhere in the of œ52,000.

Hybrids and W12 models extremely rare.

What to For

Although we tend to think of as metronomically reliable, there are a few you ll need to keep an eye open for A8s. The big ticket item is the aluminium bodywork, so inspect it for signs of parking damage, creases or shopping trolley The paint finish is generally but have a look at the front end for stone chips.

They won t but it s a useful negotiation angle if else.

AUDI A8 2.0 TFSI Hybrid 245PS Tiptronic Automatic 8-speed 4dr

The mechanicals have proven You ll need to make sure the keeper has stayed right on top of the oil requirements for the S8 model and check the for signs of suspension misalignment. The are hardwearing and servicing costs for the engines are surprisingly modest.

Parts

(approx based on a A8 3.0 TDI) A set of front brake are around œ180, with coming in at œ90. A set of tyres cost around œ650 is about what you ll pay for some headlight units. Brake are around œ80 a front set a water pump relieving you of œ140.

On the Road

The overwhelming of UK buyers (some 85%) the 3.0-litre TDI version of the A8. If somebody had us ten years ago that we d be driving a diesel-powered limo capable of from rest to sixty two mph in just over 6s, we wouldn t believed it. Yet that s exactly this 250PS 3.0TDI A8 can deliver — thanks to a 550Nm of torque.

Even if you its efficient fuel figures, diesel variant still more flexible than the 290PS 3.0 TFSI petrol

A glance at the spec sheet suggest the A8 to have lost the weight advantage the MK2 model to have over its rivals, of its aluminium spaceframe underpinnings. But s to ignore the way that this is almost unique in this with its standard fitment of four-wheel drive. On any road, in any conditions at almost any speed, A8 feels better the harder you it, solidly planted and reassuring in a way no rival can better and few can match.

Whether you ll feel the same the standard and very undoubtedly drive select electronic tuning package is another It s this, Audi claims, gives the car its multi-faceted personality as the chooses between comfort , and dynamic modes, each of alters the suspension settings and the shift points.

The rest of the A8 is luxury personified, with from the headlights to the seatbelts to your mood. Highlights? It s to pick one.

Maybe the ease of the silky-smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox with its wheel paddles and Drive or shift programmes. Or perhaps the ride delivered by the multi-link air Then there s the awesome delivered by the whisper-quiet TDI engine (a rumble on start-up is the only give-away) and the double-glazed glass.

this isn t quite the most driver s car in its sector, all these are factors in its status as arguably the complete one.

Overall

The A8 is a model that has developed and without ever making in the way of song or dance. As such, it s an undervalued used car. the second generation version to offer the biggest bang for buck right now, third generation design can a properly modern limousine for about the price of a mid-range Civic.

Naturally the diesels make the sense, with the 3.0-litre being the most popular, the 4.2-litre diesel is well searching for. At the top of the line-up, as as the frantically fast S8 is, it s hard not to a pang of nostalgia for the madness of the old V10 Overall, when it comes to high-end saloons, the maxim is to try you buy. After all, you find the A8 s cool, high-tech a little aloof and prefer the personality of a Jaguar XJ.

It s a very decision. The A8 is a special car but it will appeal to those who like to a comparatively low profile. Many it for exactly that degree of discretion.

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