Audi A8 Model Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $86,500 MSRP
  • Standard 55 TFSI® (3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower / 369 lb-ft of torque) including standard quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Eight speed tiptronic transmission and self-locking center differential
  • Rear Seat Entertainment system comprising of two Audi tablets and a detachable Rear Seat Remote
  • Audi AI traffic jam pilot - developed specially for Level 3 automated driving
  • Onboard Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to eight passenger devices with LTE capability
  • Touchscreen MMI system with haptic feedback for user-friendly operation
  • Available Bang & Olufsen® with 3D surround sound
  • Audi AI active suspension - active electromechanical suspension system

About the Audi A8

Now in its fourth generation, the Audi A8 ushers in a new era of design that emphasizes progressive elegance. As the flagship luxury sedan for the brand, the A8 harmonizes cutting-edge technology with bespoke craftsmanship. Every element of the A8 has been engineered for superior refinement and advanced efficiency. The body composition is based on the ASF® multi-material frame technology, using 58 percent aluminum parts paired with hot form-steel and ultra-high strength carbon fiber reinforced polymer components. The end result is improved body rigidity, precision handling, and a serene interior environment for all occupants. Inspired performance, sophisticated technology, and luxurious comfort combine to make the flagship Audi A8 a leader in the full-size luxury sedan segment.

Audi A8

Audi A8 Exterior

What the Critics Say

"Impressive passenger space is an A8 hallmark, and its long wheelbase ensures that rear-seat passengers are well accommodated. Fine materials are in abundance, and you can order up extended leather and a small forest's worth of wood inlays." - Car and Driver

"On the right road, and in the right conditions, the A8 is nearly as good as they come, offering supremely comfortable seats for all passengers. The Luxury package adds ventilation and massage for the outboard rear seats so even backseat occupants are treated to a first-class experience." - Edmunds

What's New for 2023

Only two small adjustments have been made to the flagship Audi A8 for the 2023 model year. Choosing the available Executive package means that you'll now receive the previously optional remote parking feature. Similarly, the available Comfort Plus package now includes upgraded LED headlights. Aside from those updates, the Audi A8 continues on mostly unchanged from last year.

Audi A8 Features

Audi A8 Exterior

Exterior Design

Up front, the A8 sports a wide, upright Singleframe® grille which joins with a flowing and muscular body design to help radiate the commanding presence of the vehicle. These dynamic proportions help accentuate the front and rear wheel arches, helping to hint at the advanced capability found in the standard quattro® all-wheel drive system. Exterior lighting is state-of-the-art, with available Digital Matrix-design LED headlights and rear lamps with OLED technology announcing your arrival in a dynamic fashion. Specialized lightweight materials used in the construction of the A8 help translate even the roughest road surfaces into a calm, tranquil ride.

Audi A8 Interior

Interior Comfort

Refined, simplified, and intelligently reimagined - the cabin of the Audi A8 offers unrivaled comfort and luxury. Contour and ambient lighting helps accentuate the fine details and premium materials found throughout. Offering an escape from the hectic outside world, rear-seat passengers in the A8 have access to several comfort features. The Rear Seat Entertainment system consists of two Audi tablets and a detachable Rear Seat Remote. A smartphone-sized OLED touch control remote allows passengers to seamlessly customize their seating and infotainment preferences. For the ultimate in relaxation, the right rear passenger seat offers an available heated massaging footrest discreetly positioned on the rear of the front passenger seat.

Audi A8 Technology


The MMI touch response® system transforms the previous generation's rotary/push-button control and touchpad into a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that, when turned off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround. Audi connect services have also been diversified, including the HERE-powered map and navigation system. Making its debut in the A8, the system has the intuitive ability to learn over time through driven routes and provide smarter route suggestions. The myAudi app becomes a personal mobility manager, where a route started on a smartphone can seamlessly continue on the on-board system when you step behind the wheel of the A8. Hear your music exactly like it unfolds in a concert hall with the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system featuring 3D surround sound.

Audi A8 Performance


Designed to combine superior efficiency with smooth power delivery, the Audi A8 features a standard 355-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI V6 engine. You'll have complete control across all weather conditions thanks to standard quattro® all-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential. With a powerful electronic chassis platform, dynamic all-wheel steering, and active electromechanical suspension -- each aspect of the A8 chassis and driving experience is exceptional.

Audi A8 Driver Assistance

Driver Assistance

The Audi A8 achieves a new standard for luxury sedans with its impressive collection of driver-assistive safety technologies. All A8 models come equipped with advanced collision mitigation and cross traffic assist, advanced intersection assist, and stress-reducing adaptive cruise assist. Parking difficulties are a thing of the past thanks to the standard Park system plus which operates by using acoustic sensors at both the front and rear of the A8. When equipped with traffic jam assist, the feature takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 37 mph on freeways and highways where a physical barrier separates the directional traffic.

Trims & Specs

A8 L

A8 L
  • Starting at $86,500 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 engine and eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission
  • Adaptive air suspension, Comfort
  • S line® exterior package (front and rear bumpers, side sills)
  • Heated, 22-way multi-contour comfort front seats with ventilation and memory
  • Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound