The 2023 Audi A8 stands out from the crowd with its tailored, professional style, in contrast to the flashier designs of certain other large luxury sedans. The large Audi’s cabin is as spacious and luxurious as that of rivals like the BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-class, and its abundance of high-tech features makes staying connected while on the road a breeze.
The A8’s cabin is so well-insulated that you won’t even hear the roar of the turbocharged V-6 engine. Because of this, riding in the A8 with a driver can be a meditative experience before you head off to your next business appointment. Those being chauffeured in the backseat will also find the A8 to their liking. The driver of this huge car will be pleasantly pleased by how well it handles. The A8 may not be as nimble as the more sporty S8 (reviewed separately), but it holds its own on winding roads.
Audi A8 Pricing
The MSRP for the 2022 A8 L 55 TSFI Quattro is $86,500. This price includes the destination charge but does not include any add-ons. The base price of an Audi S8 in 2022 is $116,900, which is $14k cheaper than in 2021.
If you go through the S8’s options menu like you just sold your startup to Google, you can easily get the price up to around $144,000.
The price tag on a large flagship sedan leaves room in the budget for many other vehicles, such as luxury SUVs and even fully electric vehicles. If you’re set on staying inside this niche, though, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the conventional supreme king, with prices beginning at just over $111K. The starting price for the Porsche Panamera is $88.4K, whereas the starting price for a BMW 7 Series is approximately $87K. If you feel like this is a bit excessive, the Genesis G90 costs $73k and the Lexus LS begins at around $77k.
Audi A8L Colours
Audi A8L is available in 8 different colors – Glacier White, Firmament Blue, Mythos Black Metallic, Floret Silver Metallic, Terra Gray Metallic, District Green Metallic, Vesuvius Gray Metallic, and Manhattan Gray.
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It appears that the interior of every Audi is a tutorial on how to make a truly magnificent space. That’s especially true of the A8 and S8 flagship sedans from 2022, which feature designs that combine cutting-edge technology with the finest materials available.
Audi imports only long-wheelbase A8/S8 models into the US (thus the L in the model’s full name). The BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are two examples of this practice. Nonetheless, this results in a lot of space for passengers; even a professional basketball player shouldn’t have a problem with the 44.3 inches of legroom in the back.
The trunk’s 12.5 cubic feet of room isn’t very impressive, but it should be sufficient for most uses.
To this end, the 2022 A8 and S8 flagship sedans diverge from their predecessors. There have been cosmetic changes made by Audi. The A8 now comes standard with the S line package, which includes the bigger air intakes and blacked-out grille that was previously available as an upgrade.
There is a Black Optic package available, which includes more items (such as wheels, mirror housings, and insignia) in a dark grey, like those found on Darth Vader’s armor.
Alloy wheels of 19 inches in diameter are standard equipment for the A8. The S8 rides on unique 20-inch alloys of its design. You can also have wheels that are a bit bigger.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The A8 features a 335-horsepower turbocharged V-6 and a 48-volt hybrid powertrain. All-wheel drive and an automatic transmission with eight gears are the norms. In 5.3 seconds, the A8 we tested accelerated from 0 to 60 mph. When compared to other six-cylinder executive sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S500, the Audi A8 is only a hair slower. The power delivery from Audi’s engine is smooth but unremarkable, and the car’s considerable soundproofing makes the engine nearly inaudible with the windows up. The A8 has that trademark Audi combination of performance and refinement. Standard features include an adaptable air suspension and damping that may be adjusted by the driver. The Audi A8’s suspension is tuned to smooth out bumps in the road without sacrificing the car’s ability to be driven aggressively when the mood strikes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In city driving, the EPA predicts the A8 will achieve 19 mpg and on the highway, 28 mpg. To determine the A8’s actual mpg, we must first drive it on our 75 mph highway fuel economy route, which is part of our exhaustive testing procedure.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The A8 is famous for its spacious interior, especially for those riding in the backseat thanks to its long wheelbase. The base configuration accommodates five passengers, but an available upgrade removes the middle seat in the back and adds two heated, ventilated, and massaging seats with power lumbar support and heated footrests, and personalized tablets for each passenger (while reducing power adjustments for the front passenger seat to make room for all that).
There is a multitude of high-quality materials; for example, you can request a leather strap that is several feet long or a wood inlay that uses an entire tree. However, just like its exterior, the A8’s interior has a somber atmosphere and is not as opulent as the Mercedes S-class. Despite being a large luxury sedan, the trunk only holds 13 cubic feet of cargo.
Infotainment and Connectivity
It comes standard with Audi’s outstanding 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, as well as the 10.1-inch higher and 8.6-inch lower haptic center screens that come with the MMI Touch Response system. The only physical control is a volume knob for the stereo; everything else is managed through touchscreens.
It’s a lot to take in at first, but the system is responsive and flexible; owners may assign their functions to the lower panel, and the upper screen has fixed buttons for navigation, weather, phone functions, and radio. Know that the provided microfiber wipe will get worn out quickly if you try to remove fingerprints. There are two USB outlets (one for data, one for charging) located conveniently up front, and the vehicle is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Amazon Alexa. If you subscribe to Audi Connect Plus, you can have Wi-Fi in your vehicle.
2019 Audi A8L
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED
$123,045 (base price: $84,795)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve Miller-capable V-6, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection
183 in3, 2995 cm3
335 hp @ 6400 rpm
369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
The suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 14.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, F: 265/40R-20 104Y AO Extra Load R: 265/40R-20 104Y AO Extra Load
Wheelbase: 123.1 in
Length: 208.7 in
Width: 76.6 in
Height: 58.5 in
Passenger volume: 111 ft3
Trunk volume: 13 ft3
Curb weight: 4995 lb
60 mph: 5.3 sec
100 mph: 13.6 sec
120 mph: 20.8 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.8 sec
¼-mile: 13.9 sec @ 101 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 128 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 149 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g
Observed: 19 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 22/19/27 mpg