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2008 Audi A8 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Audi A8 was new.

The A8 offers the handling of a small sports sedan, the sure-footing of Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and a luxurious cabin that equals some of the finest cars available. However, the car's reliability rating is below that of its competitors.  Also, some reviewers find flaws with the car's multimedia interface, which is not intuitive. 




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading interior is well-appointed, spacious and quiet
  • Quattro all-wheel drive gives confident and nimble handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Poor dependability scores compared to its peers
  • Audi's Multi Media Interface is not totally intuitive

2008 Audi A8 Overview

The Audi A8 is a high-end luxury cruiser with ample space and power that delivers competent handling and permanent all-wheel drive in a lush, first-rate cabin. In a class known for ultra-premium interiors, the A8 fits in well. Its cabin is as well-built, technologically advanced and plush as anything Mercedes-Benz or BMW can claim. But the A8, despites its size, is a driver's car. It benefits from Audi's famed Quattro all-wheel drive system, giving the big car handling often associated with smaller sports sedans, allowing it to outperform its peers while matching them in accommodations.

The A8 suffers, however, from a low reliability score that keeps it from the top of its class.

Forbes says Audi's flagship sedan "blends superior comfort and performance with quiet elegance and a stately overall design." The 2008 Audi A8 comes in three trims: the 4.2-liter V8, the extended wheelbase W12 and the powerful S8.

For 2008, the A8 receives minor upgrades, but otherwise carries over unchanged. If you're in the market for a super luxury car, you might also consider the 2008 BMW 7 Series or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

  • "A thinking person's luxury car, more progressive, less traditional than a BMW or Mercedes. It's elegant but not arrogant, indulgent without being excessive." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The A8 remains the German luxury sedan for drivers who want more all-weather sport than rolling boardroom." -- Motor Trend
  • "It's often hard to find room for improvement in cars of this segment, and the A8 is hardly an exception to this rule. Maybe the A8's incredible competence is the reason it's lived on for so long -- Popular Mechanics
  • "A supremely competently, utterly complete premium luxury sedan." -- Automobile Magazine

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