2015 Audi A8L

Pros: Limousine-like rear-seat accommodations in A8L models; broad choice of powertrains, including the smooth, refined diesel-engine model; posh interior appointments

Cons: Ride quality isn’t as absorbent as might be expected of a large luxury sedan; steep prices; Audi’s MMI controls are complicated and inconveniently located

CG Says: Audi’s flagship sedan sees a raft of updates for 2015. Highlights include refreshed front and rear styling, a 15-horsepower increase for the 4.0T engine, an upgrade to the available night-vision system, an available active lane assist system, and an available heads-up display. The A8 (along with its S8 high-performance sibling) more than holds its own in the premium large-car class, which is home to some truly regal machines. The A8 delivers first-class cabin accommodations and passenger space (especially in extended-length “L” form). The impressive diesel-engine model delivers better economy and impressive long-range cruising capabilities with very little compromise in luxury or power. Our quibbles with the A8 include a ride that can be a bit stiffer and less polished than the best in this class, and the less-than-ideal layout and complicated functionality of the MMI control system.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 3.0T: $77,400
4.0T: $86,400
L 3.0T: $81,400
L 3.0 TDI: $85,100
L 4.0T: $90,400
L W12 6.3: $137,900

Base Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
333
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
Horsepower
435
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

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2015 Audi A8L