AUDI

AUDI A8 SALOON L 60 TFSI e Quattro Sport 4dr Tiptronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.9s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Audi offers PHEV technology in its largest saloon, the A8 - but at quite a price premium. Still, successful top executives may not care too much about that given that someone else will probably be paying for this, the A8 60 TFSI e quattro variant. The revised version of this model has a larger 17.9kWh battery and a smarter look. For urban chauffeuring of boadroom folk, it might be a tempting proposition.

GREEN WITH SHEEN

Audi's A8 60 TFSIe PHEV saloon allows a successful executive to go green in some style. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version

Ten Second Review

Audi offers PHEV technology in its largest saloon, the A8 - but at quite a price premium. Still, successful top executives may not care too much about that given that someone else will probably be paying for this, the A8 60 TFSI e quattro variant. The revised version of this model has a larger 17.9kWh battery and a smarter look. For urban chauffeuring of boadroom folk, it might be a tempting proposition.

Background

If you're buying a boardroom level large luxury saloon, and it's quite possible that you may not much care about saving the planet. But eco-friendliness has to start somewhere - and this Audi A8 TFSI e plug-in model is as good a place as any. You might be surprised to learn that plug-in technology is quite commonplace in the full-sized luxury saloon segment. Versions of the BMW 7 Series (the 745e) and the Mercedes S-Class (the S560e) have offered it for some time. Audi introduced this A8 TFSI e plug-in model only as recently as late 2019. Here, it's been usefully revised.

Driving Experience

Being somewhat late to the party in the PHEV part of the big luxury saloon segment, Audi has had plenty of time to check out what rivals BMW or Mercedes are offering here - and try to deliver something better. In the case of this A8 60 TFSI e, that means a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with 340PS mated to an electric motor with 100KW. That means a total combined output of 462PS (itwas 449PS before), sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. Even given the weight of this car, you might expect that to translate into a pretty potent set of performance figures - and that's how it turns out. The 62 mph sprint from rest occupies just 4.9 seconds - which is quicker than plug-in Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series rivals. Top speed is limited to 155mph - but if it wasn't, you could probably crest 170mph. At the wheel, you can choose between four modes. "EV" stands for fully electric driving, "Hybrid" for an efficient combination of both drive system types, and "Hold" for conserving the available electric energy, while the combustion engine charges the battery in "Charge" mode. Of greater interest here though, is the all-electric driving range, which thanks to this revised model's larger 17.9kWh battery is now well over the 30 mile mark. But that's still way off the impressive 63 mile total you'd get from a rival (but pricier) Mercedes S560e. There's an 84mph all-electric top speed - but obviously if you regularly approach that, your battery charge won't last very long. This isn't much of a driver's car of course - it isn't intended to be. Instead, strengths include superb refinement and an exceptional quality of ride from the standard air suspension.

Design and Build

There are few visual giveaways of this PHEV A8's plug-in status, unless you happen to notice the 'TFSI e' badging and/or the addition of a charging flap. This fourth generation A8 signalled the beginning of a new design era for the entire brand and this revised model aims to continue that visual evolution. To that end, there's a larger Singleframe front grille, a restyled front bumper, smarter side skirts and a sleeker rear valance at the back. The LED headlamps are also restyled - and can be upgraded to Audi's latest Digital Matrix LED status where each light unit contains 1.3 million micro mirrors. The smarter rear lights meanwhile, have a built-in proximity sensor which activates them if a following vehicle gets too close. As before, two bodystyles are available, the 5.17-metre 'standard' version and the A8 L, which has a 13cm-longer wheelbase. Inside, occupants can also now relax in even more 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. As before, there's a 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit instrument screen, plus two centre monitors, a 10.1-inch one for the media functions and a lower 8.6-inch unit just for the climate controls. All three screens now run on updated software. As ever, the most sought-after seat in this Audi flagship model could quite possibly be the rear left - the optional relaxation seat in the A8 L that comes with four different adjustment options and a footrest. In this seat, the passenger can warm and massage the soles of their feet on a unit with multiple settings incorporated into the back of the front-passenger seat. There's a big boot space penalty with the PHEV variant - the normal 505-litre trunk size falls to just 390-litres.

Market and Model

There's only one A8 TFSIe plug-in model, the 60 TFSIe quattro. There are two main trim levels, 'Sport' and 'S line', then top 'Black Edition' for standard shape models and 'Vorsprung' for long wheelbase models. You'll need to think in terms of needing a budget of approaching £90,000 for one of these - it's £4,000 more for the long wheelbase version. That represents quite a large premium over, say, a 'Sport'-trimmed 50 TDI quattro diesel-engined A8, so you've really got to want the PHEV drivetrain here. With this revised model, there's an improved "Hey Audi" voice control system and media connectivity is now served by a faster MIB 3 software system. Plus online and Car-2-X services from Audi connect augment the navigation system. Unlike in an S-Class, you can add rear seat screens - two 10.1-inch HD monitors attached to the front seat backs. Standard drive tech includes the 'Tour' assist package, which includes adaptive cruise assist - this adjusting longitudinal and lateral guidance throughout the vehicle's speed range. The optional 'City' assist package includes intersection assist, cross-traffic assist, side assist, exit warning, and the Audi pre sense 360?? safety system, which induces a side crash enhancement in combination with the active suspension. As before, there's also an optional 'Park' package, which includes remote park assist. This can autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the manoeuvre is monitored by the driver standing outside the car, controlling things via his or her smartphone and the 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.

Cost of Ownership

As with any PHEV, to get the most out of this A8 TFSIe, you'll need to keep the car charged up and make the absolute most of the potential all-electric driving range, now rated at well over 30 miles thanks to the increase in battery size. If you don't do that, you'll essentially end up with a heavier version of the conventional 55 TFSI petrol A8 variant - and take it from us, one of those isn't going to be cheap to run. This SUV's lithium-ion battery now stores 17.9kWh of energy (up from 14.1kWh before); the current battery is 14.4kWh net. The maximum charging capacity - with alternating current - is 7.4 kW. Customers can use the compact e-tron charging system for that in their garage at home or the mode 3 cable when they are on the road. In Europe, the Audi e-tron Charging Service grants access to approximately 250,000 charging points. The compact charging system comprises cables for household and industrial outlets, plus a control unit. The system features an LED status display and safety functions such as temperature and residual current monitoring. Audi also offers an optional charging clip, a lockable wall-mounted holder for the charging system. Even at a 220V household outlet, an empty battery can be fully and conveniently recharged overnight in roughly six hours. Using a 7kW garage wallbox, you should be able to reduce that to around two and a half hours.

Summary

Whether as an A8 buyer you'd really want this plug-in version depends on the type of driving you (or your chauffeur) is likely to do. If you'll be covering huge motorway mileage, then it'd be better to go for the 50 TDI diesel version. But if a lot of your driving is done in cities, then this 60 TFSI e variant makes a massive amount of sense. It's smoother than the diesel, extremely economical and it'd be far cheaper to tax. Yes there are a few drawbacks - less boot space and quite a high price hike come with the PHEV package. But if you can live with those, then for a boardroom-level executive conscious of his or her eco footprint, this plug-in Audi might be a tempting proposition.

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

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

  • Adaptive air suspension

  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • MyAudi app connection for Audi e-tron charging service
  • Audi wireless smartphone interface

  • Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition
  • Audi drive select
  • Electro - mechanical power assisted steering
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • 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

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

  • Dark matt brushed aluminium lower inlays

  • Type 2 mode 3 32 amp charging cable
  • Hybrid propulsion system
  • Type 2 socket for AC charging
  • 65 litre fuel tank

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

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

  • LED brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • High beam assist
  • Electric drive specific light signature

  • Pre-entry climate control
  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning
  • Dust/pollen filters

  • Centre console with cupholders
  • Roof mounted sunglasses holder
  • Leather gearknob
  • Door pockets with bottle holder
  • Passenger footwell storage net
  • Valcona leather upholstery with comfort front seats
  • Height/reach electric steering column with easy exit function
  • Comfort centre armrest
  • Door armrest with storage
  • 3 pin 10 amp domestic charging cable
  • Electric sunblinds for rear window and rear door windows
  • Glove compartment cooling

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

  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • 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
  • Active front headrest system
  • Audi pre sense basic
  • Seatbelt reminder + electric contact in buckle + advanced safety equipment
  • Front and rear side airbags with head airbag system
  • Audi pre sense front

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

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

  • 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

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 150
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 14.1
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: N
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 32
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 46
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 46
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 28.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 28.6

  • CO2 (g/km): 57
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 52
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 52
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 58

  • Engine Code: 4N80HA
  • CC: 2995
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 2.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 2.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 122.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 122.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 113

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 49E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: TFSI e Quattro L
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • 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: 449
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - BHP: 449
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 330
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 ARM TURBINE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2130
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1486
  • Length: 5302
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 3128

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2330
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2920
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Max. Loading Weight: 590
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.9

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

  • Front/rear floor mats: Included

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

  • Audi music interface at rear: Included

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

  • 230V socket: Included
  • Cloth headlining: Included
  • 12V socket: £0
  • 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
  • Alcantara black headlining pack - A8: £1,595
  • Rear comfort pack - A8: £2,195
  • 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

  • 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

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

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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