Audi A8 Review
The flagship of the Audi range is their luxury Audi A8 Saloon, and it has been this way for many yearsOriginally the Audi 100, it has always been a premium bahn-stormer. The changeover from a simple numeric to an A8 did nothing to change this and the tradition of the big executive saloon from Germany continuedFast forward a couple more decades and you now have the current Audi A8. Lighter, more powerful and more intelligent than ever before.
The first thing you notice is that it is big, and the A8L is even bigger. One of the key factors about the A8 is that is can act as the Company Car for the MD, the chosen chariot for a high-end Chauffeur, or for VIP’s, Diplomats and Politicians alike. Its popularity stems from the understated luxury combined with obvious quality in a form factor which is business like and relatively timeless.
Whilst it looks big on the outside, it looks and feels even bigger on the inside. The wide and deep sweeping dashboard gives you that feeling that you could really get comfortable in the A8 and that there is room too to swing a cat (o-nine-tails). The seats are equally as spacious swallowing up even the most portly of driver in pure comfort, whilst not leaving the more athletic feel like they will slide around at the first hint of a corner. This takes us neatly onto handling. With Audi’s superb Quattro 4 Wheel Drive system combined with a one of two powerful diesel engines and a silky smooth8 speed automatic transmission this car will comfortably take you just about anywhere, no-matter what the driving conditions (within reason of course) with minimal effort and fuss.
The most popular power plant being the v6 3.0TDI which produces a healthy 262hp wafting its passengers from 0-62 in a very respectable 5.9s, whilst the 4.2TDi 8 Cylinder unit will take care of this in an even more spritely 4.7s.
Yes thats right you could drive the equivalent of Blenheim Palace and show your heels to a broad range of sportscars whilst still averaging 39mpg. Whilst this makes the Audi A8 a true wolf in sheeps clothing the Audi S8 (see our full review here) can see off most supercars with a sub 4s 0-62 time (but with a less desirable 29mpg combined) yet still look refined and composed.
General driving of the Audi A8 in the 3.0TDI variant we tested is put simply, effortless. The engine is keen and agile and not grumbly in any way whether at standstill or when being pushed. Mid-level torque is incredibly impressive giving you confidence to conduct any overtaking manoeuvre swiftly and without drama. On the twisty stuff you would be forgiven for thinking this 5.1m land-yacht would feel rather boaty. You would be wrong, it is balanced and composed throughout with little body roll, thanks to its clever adaptive air suspension, which means you are cosseted over pot-holes and held firm around corners with no crashiness whatsoever.
Technology wise, the standard A8 SE Executive is simply astonishing. Of course it comes with the usual staples of Bluetooth, DAB, SatNav, Leather, latest tech LED Headlights, infinitely adjustable and heated from seats, Rear Camera, Sun Sensing Climate Control, Keyless Entry & Go, Hands Free Gesture Controlled Boot Opening¦the list goes on. Upgrading to the Sport model will give you the excellent BOSE Surround Sound Audio upgrade, Sports Comfort Seats, improved bluetooth mobile connectivity giving you access to Audi Connect, Audi’s clever Matrix LED Headlights, larger wheels and sportier styling.
The Black Edition goes even further with even larger wheels, Sports Air Suspension, and their Black Styling Package.
To be honest, the standard SE Executive will tick just about everyones boxes, however for those looking for even more by way of personalisation, luxury, and technology the list of options goes on for no less than 44 pages of the brochure (ok there are a fair few pictures but this is a lot). A little fun on the Audi Configurator will see the A8 going up to nearly £139,000 (thats the price of an R8, or a deposit on a small house in central London), which considering the A8 starts at a rather reasonable £63,500 is rather astonishing.
So, unless you go mad on the Audi Configurator, the A8 represents rather good value for money delivering on styling, luxury, comfort and performance rather neatly. The news gets even better for the fleet manager. Leasing the Audi A8 is surprisingly, well¦.cheap. Coming in neatly south of £600+VAT a month on a standard 3+35 / 10,000 mile per annum contract, for the 3.0TDI SE Executive (tested) this is incredibly good value for money.
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