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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Audi A8 ranked #2 in Super Luxury Cars. Currently the Audi A8 has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 9 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.8
Safety: TBD
Reliability: TBD

2019 Audi A8 Review

The 2019 Audi A8 is one of the highest-ranking super luxury cars. It boasts a serene ride, one of the most spacious interiors in the class, and an easy-to-use dual-screen infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet and serene ride
  • Elegant interior
  • High-tech, user-friendly features
  • Coddling passenger accommodations
  • Small trunk for class
  • Mediocre throttle response

Is the Audi A8 a Good Car?

The fully redesigned 2019 A8 is a great super luxury car. This Audi hits the mark with a high-end cabin design and a futuristic, user-friendly infotainment system. It pampers occupants with space and comfort wherever they sit. That's not to say this is a flawless car, though. It has below-average trunk space and engine performance that is nothing to write home about, compared to others in its class.

Should I Buy the Audi A8?

The A8 is a compelling choice in this class. Its spacious interior is filled with top-notch materials, and it showcases Audi's newest infotainment technology. The A8 has a smooth ride, but if you want to take corners aggressively and need a ton of engine power at your disposal, this isn't the car for you. For something that's a little more well-rounded at a similar price point, check out the BMW 7 Series. Shoppers with extra room in their budget should also consider the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A8?

Audi fully redesigned the A8 sedan for the 2019 model year. This new A8 has a minimalist cabin design and a brand-new infotainment setup. Two touch screens replace the central control knob of the old MMI interface, and there's an additional touch pad on the center console.

The 2019 A8 is only available with a turbocharged V6 engine, while the 2018 A8 offered a supercharged V6 or a turbocharged V8. If brutish engine power and dynamic handling are your top priorities, you’ll want to focus on a 2018 or 2017 A8 instead. Doing so will also likely save you thousands of dollars.

If luxury and comfort are high on your needs list, however, the redesigned 2019 A8 is a better bet. If you decide a used model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.  

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We Did the Research for You: 9 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed nine Audi A8 reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 A8 is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the Audi A8 Cost?

The 2019 Audi A8 starts at $83,800, which is about average for a super luxury car. With a starting price of $83,650, the BMW 7 Series is right in line with the A8, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class typically costs several thousand dollars more.

The A8 only comes in one trim level, but several options and packages are available as well. Checking most boxes in the options list adds over $40,000 in additional amenities, pushing the A8's price to nearly $125,000.

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Audi A8 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi A8 or BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series is a well-rounded super luxury car that should appeal to many different types of buyers. It has an impressive lineup of engines, ranging from a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid to a monstrous V12. The 7 Series beats out the A8 in handling, with agile cornering that doesn’t detract from its supple ride. Both of these cars have similar starting prices and regal interiors with a ton of features. However, the price ceiling on the 7 Series is a lot higher, and you'll have to pay more to get equipment that comes standard in the A8, like all-wheel drive. The 7 Series has a much bigger trunk, but these rivals have similarly attractive seating accommodations. Both are excellent cars, so your decision will likely come down to how much you value performance.  

Which Is Better: Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class manages to stand out in this very competitive class. It has phenomenal overall performance for a super luxury car, thanks to its muscular engine options and athletic handling. While the A8 sports an improved interior, the S-Class sets the bar for interior luxury, with stitched leather complemented by wood and metal trim pieces throughout the cabin. You can get pretty much any feature you can imagine in this Mercedes, but the Audi has a more user-friendly infotainment system. The S-Class is one of the best luxury cars you can buy, but it's also the most expensive by a long shot. It’s up to you to decide if it's worth kicking out the extra cash.

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A8 Interior

How Many People Does the A8 Seat?

In standard configuration, the Audi A8 seats five. The front seats are all-day comfortable and inviting, with standard heating and 18-way power adjustments. You can also opt for 22-way power-adjustable seats with ventilation and massaging functions.

All A8 models are in the long-wheelbase form, which translates to a ton of rear legroom for passengers to stretch out. The optional Executive Rear Seat Comfort package makes the second row an even nicer place to be. This setup replaces the rear middle seat with a center console, dropping capacity to four. It also comes with power-adjustable, heated, ventilated, and massaging rear seats. A massaging footrest that pops out of the front seatback is the cherry on top.

A8 and Car Seats

The A8 has two complete sets of rear LATCH child-seat connections. The system hasn't been evaluated for its ease of use.

A8 Interior Quality

With the redesign, Audi took what was already an elegant interior and made it even better. There's the requisite standard wood trim pieces and leather seats, while niceties like premium Valcona leather and an Alcantara headliner are optional. You can also opt for a package that wraps nearly every interior surface in leather. Audi's new dual-screen infotainment system flows flawlessly with the whole cabin design, presenting a minimalist, businesslike atmosphere.

A8 Cargo Space

Everything about the A8 is big, except for its trunk. At just 12.5 cubic feet, it has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan has 16.3 cubic feet of space, and the BMW 7 Series has 18.2 cubic feet.

A8 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The most pronounced interior change to the A8 for this new generation is an all-new infotainment system that features two touch screens. The top 10.3-inche display is integrated into the dash, directly to the right of the steering wheel for easy viewing. It’s used for things like navigation and audio functions. The A8 also offers standard smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. An 8.6-inch screen is located below the main screen and shows you things like climate and seating adjustments, as well as shortcuts for some infotainment functions. It also features handwriting recognition for inputting navigation destinations.

The touch screens have both haptic-touch and audio feedback for when you push a virtual button. The system processes your commands quickly, and the graphics are modern and crisp. It's easy enough to learn the ins and outs of the menu structure, and there is still a traditional volume knob for quick adjustments.

Other standard features include four-zone automatic climate control, power side- and rear-window sunshades for the back seat, a panoramic sunroof, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, and a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster. You can transfer some infotainment features like navigation to the gauge cluster for easier interaction. An optional bundle of amenities for the rear seat includes two seat-mounted tablets, a DVD player, a USB port, and a power outlet.

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A8 Performance

A8 Engine: Needs Just a Little More

The 2019 Audi A8 comes with just one engine choice – a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 335 horsepower. This is the same offering as other revamped vehicles from the automaker, like the fully redesigned Audi A6 and the all-new Audi Q8 SUV. The A8 feels powerful in general, but there can be a little delay in throttle response. For the best performance, you'll want to keep the A8 in Dynamic driving mode, which dials in the gears of the eight-speed automatic transmission for timelier shifts. A standard mild-hybrid stop-start system also aids in torque delivery from a standstill.

A8 Gas Mileage: Nothing Special

The 2019 A8 gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That's a little below average, even in a segment that’s hardly known for fuel efficiency. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class earns 1 more mpg on the highway with its standard turbocharged V6 engine. The BMW 7 Series and its standard turbo V6 returns slightly better numbers of 21/29 mpg city/highway.

A8 Ride and Handling: Large and in Charge

The A8 serves more as a plush long-mile cruiser than a sporty sedan. A standard air suspension dispatches most bumps or shocks in the road and creates a serene ride quality. The A8 has controlled handling through turns, though some may find there’s not enough steering or road feel. With the A8’s long wheelbase, it's not that easy to maneuver this large car in tight places. Opt for available all-wheel steering, and you can cut several feet off the turning radius and make this big boat feel like a smaller car.

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A8 Reliability

Is the Audi A8 Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Audi A8 doesn't have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Audi A8 Warranty

Audi covers the A8 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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A8 Safety

A8 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2019 A8.

A8 Safety Features

The 2019 Audi A8 comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, and Audi Pre-Sense Front, which included forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Optional advanced safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, intersection assistant, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and night vision assistance with pedestrian detection. You can also opt for Audi Pre-Sense Rear, which takes preventive safety measures if the car senses an impending collision from the rear.

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Which Audi A8 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Audi A8 starts at $83,800 and launches with just one trim level, which comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard amenities include Valetta leather upholstery, heated and 18-way power-adjustable front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and power side- and rear-window sunshades for the back seat. A panoramic sunroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, a hands-free power trunk, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are also standard.

The standard dual-screen infotainment system includes Bluetooth, a USB port, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

You can get most of the A8's optional features by adding on packages. The $4,150 Executive package includes 22-way power-adjustable, ventilated, and massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Audi Pre-Sense Rear. For $4,250, the Luxury package includes Valcona leather, an Alcantara headliner, ambient interior lighting, and an air ionizer.

The $7,550 Executive Rear Seat Comfort package drops the seating capacity to four and adds a leather-covered full center console to the rear seats. It also includes power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated rear seats with a massaging function, as well as a massaging footrest. The Cold Weather package costs $800 and includes heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and other heated front surfaces. The Driver Assistance package comes with adaptive cruise control, intersection assistant, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. For $3,250, the Rear Seat Connectivity package adds a dual-screen tablet entertainment system, a DVD player, a rear USB port, and a power outlet.

Other individual options include dynamic all-wheel steering ($1,950), a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen advanced surround sound stereo ($5,900), and night vision assistant with pedestrian detection ($2,300).

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Audi A8 has one of the nicest cabins in the class, along with expansive passenger room and a long list of features. Shoppers will have to decide if those positives outweigh the A8’s generally lackadaisical performance.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "If comfort, ease, convenience, and technological features are the measures of a modern luxury sedan, it’s hard to call the 2019 A8 anything but a win. It’s as silent, effortless, and serene an environment as can be had on four wheels. Few cars offer an escape from the chaos of modern driving as effectively as the 2019 A8—even when it’s not driving itself." -- Car and Driver
  • "As it stands, the first batch of A8s will be missing some of Audi's key features, such as the predictive suspension, that will set the sedan apart from its competitors. Still, the A8 provides an engaging driving experience for individuals who value having the ability to control and customize hundreds of features about their car. It's comfortable and has enough gadgets to draw out oohs and ahhs from your friends and family in both the front and rear seats. If you're in the market to buy soon, we still recommend the A8 due to its efficient powertrain, standard all-wheel-drive, and tidy driving dynamics." -- Edmunds
  • "The well-equipped 2019 Audi A8 L is one of the most high-tech luxury sedans on the road today, and this isn't even its final form. … For now, in my eyes, Mercedes-Benz's S-Class is still the gold standard for large luxury, but the A8 L is a solid contender with its different, technology-centered approach." -- CNET
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