Audi A8 2018 Review – Audi A8 2018 Interior. Imagine this, you’ve done very well for yourself and you’re looking for a new car. You’ve done so well, in fact, that luxury cars such as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series are now well within your reach. But you don’t want either of them, because you want something with four rings on the bonnet. Look no further then than the Audi A8.
The Audi A8 2018 is a luxury car in every sense of the word. It’s big, bold, and has a price tag that’s best read sitting down. It’s also very clever, because Audi claims that this car can even drive itself in some situations. So is the Audi A8 2018 a better buy than its rivals from Mercedes and BMW? Well, in this review we’ll tell you what it’s like to drive, how spacious it is inside, and ultimately whether we think you should buy one. And if you do want to buy one, then remember we could help save you thousands on your next new car, just head to our New Car Deals section.
First though let’s take this Audi A8 out for a drive. There are three engine options to choose from, one petrol, one diesel, and one hybrid. First up is the petrol, a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol badged as the 55 TFSI. Then there’s the diesel, it is a 3.0-litre V6 with 282bhp which is badged as the 50 TDI.
Both are refined and quiet. The petrol is also a clever engine, it’s a mild hybrid, so if you lift off the accelerator on the motorway the engine can coast for up to 40 seconds with the help of a small electric motor. This diesel option, meanwhile, hasplenty of pulling power from low down in the rev range, making overtaking feel almost effortless. There’s also the hybrid A8 e-tron, which is able to run partly on electric power so could do wonders for your fuel bills.
There’s no getting away from the fact that the A8 is a very long and heavy car, but Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system comes as standard so you’re never likely to be stuck for traction. There’s also a very expensive option of four-wheel steering which can improve maneuverability at low speeds. The system can also give you extra stability at higher speeds, and makes the A8 as easy to drive in town as it is on the motorway.
Both the S-Class and 7 Series feel more agile than the Audi A8 2018 through corners, and if you do press on then the A8’s big body begins to wallow on its standard air suspension. The A8 is best enjoyed at a more relaxed pace, then, which is fine because this is one of the best-riding cars on sale today. It glides along the road untroubled by all but the very worst of lumps and bumps.
You’ll be supremely relaxed no matter which seat you’re in, helped by the double-glazed windows which keep road noise to a minimum. In the not too distant future the Audi A8 2018 will be able to drive itself in certain situations, and there will be an app on your smartphone allowing you to guide the car into a parking space remotely – which might make parking in tight spots easier. Luxury cars need to be supremely comfortable, and the A8 has no trouble here.
This driver’s seat can has 22 different ways to adjust it, and between that, the four-way lumbar support which I’m going to have a play with. and this adjustable steering column, you should be able to find a driving position which suits you. Visibility is usually a strong point in luxury saloons like this, but the A8 is the best we’ve found.
These broad windows and expansive rear screen mean that no matter where you’re looking you’ll have a great view. Front and rear parking sensors come as standard, as does a rear-facing camera to help with parking. This Audi A8 2018 interior feels beautifully made, and is better built in some places than the rival S-Class. While there are plenty of high-quality materials in here, though, it doesn’t have the same sense of occasion as the Mercedes. The standard kit list inside this A8 includes these screens.
This 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster puts the most relevant information – including the sat-nav map – right in front of my eyes, while there’s also a second 10.1-inch screen here for infotainment, and a 8.6in screen below that which is given over to climate controls. Although these screens look great, unfortunately on the road they can be hard to use.
There are just too many small icons to hit, which means you’re constantly looking down and taking your eyes off the road, and that makes it more distracting than many rival systems. Here in the front of the A8, you won’t have any trouble stretching out, as there’s plenty of head and legroom on offer, plus enough space between you and your front passenger. And there is lots of room in the door bins for your everyday clutter, and I haven’t filled it up. Anyway lets see what the space in the back is like.
The A8’s party piece, though, is how well it caters for rear passengers. There’s a vast amount of space back here, and if you go for the long-wheelbase version then you also get a 5.7-inch tablet which can act as a remote control, you also get electric sunblinds and heated rear seats. If you’ve been on a particularly large shopping trip, then getting it all into the boot of the A8 should be no problem, plus there is these handy nets and compartments to keep it all in place.
Next to its key rivals from Mercedes and BMW, the Audi A8 2018 seems competitively priced, even before you take into account the standard four-wheel drive system. CO2 emissions are higher than either the S-Class or 7 Series, though, which might deter many company car drivers. As ever with luxury limos, too, depreciation could wipe out a chunk of your car’s value in its first year alone. At least you get plenty of equipment, with 18in alloy wheels, leather trim, heated front seats, LED headlights and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit all coming as standard. Long-wheelbase cars additionally get heated rear seats, four-zone climate control and USB charging ports for rear passengers.
A word of warning too about the A8’s semi-autonomous technology, because even when you can buy it its use will still have to be made legal. The Audi A8 2018 is one of the most relaxing luxury cars you can buy. It’s beautifully built, practical, well equipped and offers performance and serenity in equal measure.