2009 Audi A8


$10,682 - $38,880

2009 Audi A8 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Audi A8 was new.


Interior: 9.1

Most reviewers report the 2009 Audi A8 boasts class-leading interior fit and finish, with fine materials and an ergonomic layout that seems to suit almost any driver. It is spacious and the seats are comfortable, but some reviewers say its cabin electronics are slightly out of date.

  • "The sexiest sedan interior in the world." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin is elegant and comfortable, and tops the class in finish quality." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The cabin in the A8 boasts top-notch materials and sophisticated design that stand out even in the high-buck segment." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior of the A8 provides first-class comfort, especially in the L version, which boasts a limolike 42 inches of rear legroom. In typical Audi fashion, the fit and finish is superb, with generous amounts of wood, Alcantara and aluminum accents lending a luxurious ambience." -- Edmunds


The spacious A8 can seat five adults comfortably. Its highly-adjustable seats, power-adjustable pedals and steering column allow most drivers to find a comfortable position quickly. Heated and cooled seats with built-in massagers earn frequent praise.

  • "Ample room on firm, wide seats with excellent support...bountiful leg room even with front seats fully aft." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With a 16-way power-adjustable driver seat (including upper seatback angle) and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, finding a comfortable driving position is easy for folks of all body types." -- Edmunds
  • "The A8 seats are supportive and comfortable and adjust 16 ways. A memory feature keeps all the settings for four different drivers (or moods), including climate controls. Front and rear seats can be heated and ventilated." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "This A8 L is the long wheelbase version, as denoted by the L in the model name. That means the rear passengers get extra legroom. They also get full climate control, seat heating and cooling, and power adjustment. The refrigerator between the rear seats is an option." -- CNET
  • "I absolutely understand that most people would not use this car as their main family-mobile, so Audi wasn't really thinking about ease of car-seat installation in this vehicle. But, Audi, rich women have kids, too. Even they need to install rear-facing infant seats in the back of their cars, and they might just choose to do so using the Latch system. Despite the fact that Audi's Latch system rocks in many of its other vehicles - like the Q7 - it happens to suck in the A8." -- Mother Proof

Interior Features

The 2009 A8 is the best example of Audi's growing reputation for fine interiors, but there are a few off notes. Audi's MMI driver interface controls all entertainment and climate functions, and many reviewers say it is difficult to learn and requires too much of the driver's attention. Its navigation system is also a bit out-of-date when compared with those found in more recently-designed rivals.

  • "The interior of the A8 looks as conservative as the lobby of a Ritz-Carlton hotel." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The dash is uncluttered by buttons thanks to Audi's MMI, which handles everything from the navigation and audio systems to the adjustment of the driver-selectable air suspension." -- Edmunds
  • "While it's easier to use than BMW's i-Drive system, [the MMI system is] still more distracting than traditional knobs and buttons." -- Forbes
  • "Conventional switches handle basic audio and all climate functions. Other adjustments require the use of Audi's MMI (Multi Media Interface) with center-console knob, four flanking buttons, and dashboard screen. This system requires study, complicating what should be simple controls for the audio and navigation system. It's no worse than similar systems offered by Audi's rivals, however." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The fact that I used wet wipes on the bottoms of my kids' shoes before they entered the vehicle may have been slightly over-the-top - by a smidgen - but I just couldn't stand the thought of any grimy nastiness infecting this car's plush, beautiful carpet. I also loved the power rear and manual side sunshades to keep the sun - and nosy paparazzi - from intruding in the backseat. A power trunk open/close feature, Audi's parking sensors, and front seat ventilation and massage round out the price tag." -- Mother Proof
  • "While the car features some new and impressive tech from Audi, the navigation system is the same as in the company's lesser models, still DVD-based where many companies are going to hard-drive-based systems. When faced with such stiff competition as the Mercedes-Benz S63 and the Lexus LS 600h, you need to be perfect on all fronts... The navigation system doesn't offer much beyond basic route guidance. All seats get treated to stellar sound from the Bang & Olufsen audio system." -- CNET


The A8 offers 14.6 cubic feet of trunk space -  which some reviewers say is surprisingly little for such a large vehicle.

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