AUDI

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

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2187 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
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows

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

  • Adaptive air suspension

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

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

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

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

  • Body colour exterior mirror housings
  • Electrically adjustable heated folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory function and integrated LED indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Dark matt brushed aluminium lower inlays

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

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

  • Chrome exterior styling
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Side skirts
  • Audi space frame
  • Body colour side protection with aluminium trim strips

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • High beam assist
  • LED brake lights

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

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

  • LED ambient interior lighting pack - A8
  • High gloss styling pack - A8
  • Connect package plus - A8

  • Audi pre sense basic
  • Seatbelt reminder + electric contact in buckle + advanced safety equipment
  • Audi pre sense front
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Front and rear side airbags with head airbag system
  • Active front headrest system
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • 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
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Comfort rear headrests
  • Climate controlled seats
  • 3 seat rear bench with centre armrest

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

  • 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

  • CO2 (g/km): 152
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 187
  • 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): 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.5

  • 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: Sport
  • Coin Description: TDI Quattro L
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 45E
  • 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: 235/55 R18
  • Wheel Style: 5 V SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" 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

  • Privacy glass: £495
  • Acoustic double glazing: £700
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing: Included

  • Front/rear floor mats: Included

  • Upper inlays in Eucalyptus natural grey brown: £450
  • Walnut dark brown upper inlay: £450
  • Fine grain ash natural grey brown upper inlay: Included

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

  • Audi music interface at rear: Included

  • Audi exclusive paint: £3,400
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Panoramic sunroof: £1,795

  • 12V socket: £0
  • Jack and tool kit: £0
  • 230V socket: Included
  • Cloth headlining: 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

  • Reading lights: Included

  • Extended leather pack - A8: £2,450
  • Rear seat package - A8: £9,100
  • Leather Pack - A8: £1,025
  • Chauffeur pack - A8: £2,100
  • City assist pack - A8: £1,375
  • Alcantara pastel silver headlining pack - A8: £1,595
  • Alcantara pearl beige headlining pack - A8: £1,595
  • Alcantara black headlining pack - A8: £1,595
  • Rear comfort pack - A8: £2,195

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

  • Solid - Brilliant black: £0

  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,400

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

  • Towbar with electric swivel function: £1,325

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

  • 19" 5 arm design cast contrast grey alloy wheels: £1,950
  • 19" 5-arm polygon audi sport design diamond turned finish alloy wheels in matt titanium look: £2,550
  • 18" 5 V spoke design forged alloy wheels: Included

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

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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