An ex demo car, then a company director's car, I acquired this A8 Quattro Long Wheelbase DIesel in 2009 and brought it with me from the UK when I moved here in 2013. It comes with Audi's MMI system controlling the Air suspension (new pump 2014), Sat Nav, Phone, Radio & Multi CD Player. Heated leather seats front & rear, memory seats to the front and enough space in the rear to have a party. I have maintained this car for the last 7 years irrespective of cost - it is in a brilliant condition, and everything works. It is the 4.0L V8 version which delivers 270BHP and 600ftlb of torque yet achieves mid 30's mpg on the open road. Taxed until the end of March '17, NCT to Oct '17, almost new tyres and recently serviced, this is cheap motoring in ultimate style for the lucky future owner.
All are fast
Handsome, Fast, Safe
Silly V10 & W12
Some are too fast
No 7-Series sharp
Not S-Class quiet
Resale, Ride, Doesn’t announce your wealth.
It’s not as bold as the 7-Series, even following its 2007 facelift, nor as stately as the S-Class. But it is better looking than its rivals, oozing understated elegance as a luxury cars should. It’s not going to be the choice of the nouveau riche but that's fine.
The slowest A8 is the 3.0 TDi - 0-100 in 7.8 seconds and 250 km/h, a whisper slower than the new 3.2 V6 to 100 but faster on the move. The 4.2 TDi is seriously fast - 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds (0.2 faster than the 4.2V8), while the W12 and S8’s V10 both hit 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
The A8 isn’t quite as sharp as, say, the BMW 7 Series, but they have improved the ride and handling following its 2007 facelift. Because it’s got Quattro AWD it feels more planted and is easier to sling around than its rivals and is ridiculously secure at BIG speeds.
The A8’s interior is easily the best of all the luxury cars. It sill uses that annoying MMI on-screen menu system, but the centre console is angled towards you so you can see the buttons easily enough. The overall look and feel combines luxury and sportiness better even than BMW’s 7 can manage.
The A8 is well made from the finest materials and now that the ride quality has been improved it's more than a match for rivals. The silent cruising and comfortable seats only add to the sence of serenity, although it's still not quite as hushed as an S-Class.
All A8s come with front, side and curtain airbags, automatic car diagnostics, ESP, three 3-point rear seat belts and head restraints, seat belt pre-tensioners on all five seats, heated windscreen washers, LED brakelights and indicators, a warning triangle and a first aid kit.
The A8 has the legroom, particularly in LWB form, but could use a little more headroom in the rear. The boot is vast also, and there’s decent space for odds and ends in the cabin, which means it’s about as practical as you can expect a big saloon to be.
The A8 is, relatively speaking, decent value. It offers high standard specification and undercuts its rivals significantly. That price advantage is lost come resale time, but anyone who buys a €100K car has to expect heavy depreciation. The diesels’ economy and desirability make them the best bet.
All get 17” alloys (18” on V8s), air shocks, climate & cruise control, elec f/seats, elec windows & mirrors, armrests, MMI, multifunction leather steering, self-shut boot, blinds (LWB) & 6-sp auto. S8s add 20” alloys, sport air suspension, active Xenons, CD changer, leather, sat nav & sports seats.
The A8 is offered with some delightul engines: a superb 233bhp 3.0 TDi V6; a fine 260bhp 3.2 litre V6 and a magnificent 326bhp/650Nm 4.2 TDi V8 which renders the petrol 4.2 V8 (350bhp/440Nm) pointless. The 450bhp V10 5.2 (S8) and 450bhp 6.0 W12 are gloriously OTT.