AUDI

AUDI A8 DIESEL SALOON L 50 TDI Quattro Vorsprung 4dr Tiptronic

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2197 g/km

THE SLEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH

June Neary checks out Audi's luxurious A8

Will It Suit Me?

When I first heard that I was getting an Audi A8, I was rather caught on the horns of a dilemma. Part of me rejoiced in the fact that it was an Audi - a brand recognised for its cerebral left field thinking. The flipside of this was that here was a car that costs around £70,000. It's not easy to step out of a car costing this much money without a tinge of embarrassment. I checked the specification and noted the four-wheel drive transmission, the colossal dimensions of the body and the prodigious power output and began to feel a little intimidated.

Practicalities

The fourth generation A8 rectifies what many thought of as a flaw in the old car's make up. The key criticism levelled at Audi's otherwise impeccable interior design was that buyers of the top line A8 weren't getting anything markedly different to the rep who'd lucked into an A3. The themes were all the same, many of the materials felt much alike and there were so many common parts. Great if you're the one with the A3, but not so good if you want something a little more exclusive. Audi has recognised this and has now given this A8 an interior quite different to the usual classy coalhole. Where you go for the standard version or the lengthened long wheelbase bodystyle, occupants can now relax in sublime surroundings, with every detail radiating superlative bespoke quality - from the perforation in the seat upholstery to the electrically opening and closing shutters on the air vents. Up-front, the instrument panel is largely free of buttons and switches. At its centre is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look. There's a wide choice of different leathers and trim inlays in wood and metal. And an absolutely huge boot.

Behind the Wheel

Under the bonnet, there are two extensively re-engineered V6 turbo engines: a 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI. The diesel develops 286PS, and the petrol version 340PS. There's also an eight-cylinder TDI - a 4.0-litre with 435PS - and as before, the exclusive top engine version is the W12 with a displacement of 6.0 litres. An e-tron quattro variant has also been developed, this derivative mating a 3.0 TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor to achieve a 449PS output and 700Nm of torque. Whatever variant you choose, on the move, Active Noise Cancellation ensures excellent acoustic comfort by using precise anti-phase noise to combat intrusive noise in the cabin while cylinders are deactivated. Active engine mounts also dampen vibration. It's clever. It's an Audi. What else did you expect?

Value For Money

Can any car priced from around £70,000 in its least expensive form be described as 'good value'? Discuss. It certainly doesn't offer twice as much of anything as, say, a £35,000 Audi A4, but the A8 is wonderfully executed. When put into comparison with direct rivals from BMW and Mercedes, it also seems to stack up quite well. There are more knobs, buttons and electronic toys to play with than in a Comet Superstore, although Audi has managed to integrate them into the fascia design without seeing brash. A major draw this time round is the automated driving technology that Audi has built in. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 37mph on major roads where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. The system is activated using the AI button on the centre console. The traffic jam pilot manages starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The driver no longer needs to monitor the car permanently and can even switch to watching the on-board TV. As soon as the system reaches its limits, it calls on the driver to take back control of the task of driving. Whether this will be permitted by UK legislation is yet to be determined but from a technical perspective, the traffic jam pilot is revolutionary. And there's more. The Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the manoeuvre is monitored by the driver. The driver does not need to be sitting in the car - he or she can start the appropriate system from their smartphone using the new myAudi app. It broadcasts a live feed of the parking manoeuvre taken from the car's 360-degree cameras onto the owner's handheld device for easy monitoring.

Could I Live With One?

The Audi A8 is the luxury car for people who don't like luxury cars. Its understated yet elegant lines and lack of conspicuous ostentation make it something of a curio in a market where it generally pays to be as subtle as a thumb in the eye. In truth, I think there are plenty of better ways of spending £70,000, but that's just me. As luxury saloons go, it's an informed choice.

  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Electric rear windows with isolation switch
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Privacy glass
  • Adaptive windscreen wipers with integrated washer jets
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows

  • Front brake discs, callipers painted black
  • Rear brake discs, callipers painted black
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Electronic Differential Lock + traction control
  • Anti-slip regulation traction control
  • Electromechanical parking brake

  • Adaptive air suspension

  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi wireless smartphone interface

  • Lane departure warning including emergency assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
  • 360 surround camera
  • Park assist with parking aid plus
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi side assist
  • Electro - mechanical power assisted steering
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors

  • Power door closure
  • Remote fuel filler release
  • Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback including extended aluminium look
  • Power operated tailgate

  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch + Twin touch screens with haptic feedback
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Head up Display
  • Service interval indicator
  • Colour driver's information system display

  • Reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable heated folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory function and integrated LED indicators

  • Dark matt brushed aluminium lower inlays
  • Piano black finish upper inlays

  • 24 litre AdBlue tank
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • 48V Mild hybrid technology

  • Premium MMI radio plus
  • DVD System
  • Audi music interface
  • USB connection
  • DAB digital radio module

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Sports bumpers
  • Body colour side protection with aluminium trim strips
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Side skirts
  • Audi space frame

  • HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light + OLED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators and headlight washers
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • LED brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning
  • Dust/pollen filters
  • Electric auxiliary air heater

  • Glove compartment cooling
  • Valcona leather upholstery with front sports seats in diamond quilted with S logo
  • Electric sunblinds for rear window and rear door windows
  • Centre console with cupholders
  • Roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Passenger footwell storage net
  • Leather gearknob
  • Door pockets with bottle holder
  • Height/reach electric steering column with easy exit function
  • Door armrest with storage
  • Comfort centre armrest

  • Black exterior styling pack - A8
  • Extended leather pack - A8
  • Air quality Pack - A8
  • City assist pack - A8
  • Extended LED Interior multi coloured light pack - A8
  • Connect package plus - A8
  • High gloss styling pack - A8

  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Front and rear side airbags with head airbag system
  • Audi pre sense basic
  • Audi pre sense front
  • Seatbelt reminder + electric contact in buckle + advanced safety equipment
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Active front headrest system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats

  • Electric front seats with memory function
  • Heated front seats
  • Electric adj front seatbelt height + memory
  • Comfort rear headrests
  • Climate controlled seats
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • 3 seat rear bench with centre armrest

  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Anti theft alarm tow away protection
  • Advanced key
  • Remote central locking
  • Locking wheel bolts

  • Quattro all wheel drive with self locking centre differential
  • 8 speed transmission with hill hold assist

  • Driver and front passenger side sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 20" 20 spoke design contrasting grey partly polished alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 159
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 197
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: 4N804A
  • CC: 2967
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.6

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 286
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Vorsprung
  • Coin Description: TDI Quattro L
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 286
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 210
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 443
  • Engine Torque - NM: 600
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2250
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 61.2

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 265/40 R20
  • Wheel Style: 20 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 5302
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 3128
  • Width (including mirrors): 2130
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1488

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 505
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.9
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2700
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 72
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 700

  • Acoustic double glazing: Included

  • Front/rear floor mats: Included

  • Body colour exterior mirror housings: £0
  • Black exterior door mirrors: Included

  • 72 litre fuel tank: Included
  • 82 litre fuel tank: £110

  • Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System: Included
  • Bang + Olufsen 3D advanced sound system: £5,395
  • Audi music interface at rear: Included

  • Audi exclusive paint: £3,400
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £0

  • Jack and tool kit: £0
  • 12V socket: £0
  • 230V socket: Included
  • Twin spoke leather multifunction steering wheel with gearshift paddles: Included
  • Load through hatch: £215
  • Heated twin spoke leather multifunction steering wheel with gearshift paddles: £250

  • Matrix LED reading lights: Included

  • Chauffeur pack - A8: £2,100
  • Rear seat package - A8: £9,100
  • Alcantara pastel silver headlining pack - A8: £0
  • Alcantara pearl beige headlining pack - A8: £0
  • Alcantara black headlining pack - A8: Included
  • Rear comfort pack - A8: £850

  • Metallic - Floret silver: £0
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £0
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £0
  • Metallic - Navarra blue: £0
  • Metallic - Vesuvius grey: £0
  • Metallic - Seville red: £0
  • Metallic - Monsoon grey: £0
  • Metallic - Moonlight Blue: £0
  • Metallic - Terra grey: £0

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £0

  • Solid - Brilliant black: £0

  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,400

  • Heated rear seats: Included
  • Massage and ventilation function for front seats: Included
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger: Included
  • Rear seat remote control: Included

  • Towbar with electric swivel function: £1,325

  • Valcona leather - Black + front sports seats: £0
  • Valcona leather - Merlot red + front sports seats: £0
  • Valcona leather - Nutmeg brown + front sports seats: £0
  • Valcona leather - Saiga beige + front sports seats: £0
  • Valcona leather - Sard brown black + front sports seats: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £210

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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