2017 Audi A8 L

Pros: Limousine-like rear-seat accommodations in A8 L models; 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: For 2017, Audi A8 drops its diesel- and W12-powered models. Otherwise, A8 is relatively unchanged. A redesigned A8 is expected for the 2018 model year. A8 is a premium large sedan with seating for five. S8 is a sport version of A8 that rides on a shorter wheelbase. The base engine is a 333-horsepower supercharged V6. A turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 develops 435 hp in A8 and 605 hp in the high-performance S8. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic and all have all-wheel drive. Available features include front and rear heated/ventilated/massaging seats, quad-zone automatic climate controls, LED headlights, DVD player, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, collision warning, and blind-spot alert. 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. 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 A8 L 3.0T: $82,500
A8 L 4.0T: $91,500
S8 Plus 4.0T: $115,900

Base Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (A8 L 3.0T)
Horsepower
333
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (A8 L 4.0T, S8 Plus)
Horsepower
435 (605 in S8 Plus)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-29

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