2014 Audi A8

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2014 Audi A8 Review

The super luxury car class is very small and competitive. The 2014 Audi A8 slips in the rankings because it is not as nimble or lavishly equipped as some rivals, and because its reliability score – while average – is a bit lower than some. Still, this car deserves a look if you're shopping in this class.

Pros & Cons

  • Opulent interior
  • Spry handling
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • User-friendly infotainment system

  • Limited rear visibility
  • Small trunk

New for 2014

  • Turbodiesel TDI model introduced
  • Power trunk lid, rearview camera, and parking sensors became standard

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi A8 has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Audi A8 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi A8 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the A8 is a great used car. Few cars on the market can match this super luxury car's cabin elegance, features list, or cushioned yet nimble handling. A long list of available engines lets you balance power and fuel economy to your liking, while comfort features like reclining, heated rear seats and an available long wheelbase let you ride around in limousine-like fashion. All A8 models have standard all-wheel drive, too.

Used 2014 Audi A8 Performance and Interior

Audi offers several power plants in the A8, starting with the standard supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that accelerates the sedan quickly. The range-topping engine is a 6.3-liter W12. The high-performance S8 has a twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that makes seamless and timely shifts. The A8 gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the base V6. That's decent fuel economy for a super luxury sedan. All trims have an adaptive air suspension that lets you select between Comfort or Dynamic modes to adjust ride comfort and driving dynamics. The ride is silky smooth, and while not the class leader in performance, the A8 is incredibly athletic for a large sedan. All-wheel drive, which Audi calls Quattro, is standard.

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As you might expect from Audi's flagship sedan, the A8's cabin is exceptionally lavish. In fact, to get a more opulent interior, you'd likely have to buy a Bentley or Rolls-Royce – or check out the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The base model has power-adjustable, heated front seats and standard leather upholstery. Available seating features include ventilated front seats; massaging front seats; and power-adjustable, heated, reclining rear seats with a power footrest. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but they don't hug the body quite as much as the front seats in some competitors. The driver's view out of the rear is limited by thick roof supports. The spacious back seats have ample legroom, though long-wheelbase A8 L models offer even more legroom. The A8 has LATCH connectors in the rear seats to secure child safety seats.

The A8 is flush with standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, the MMI infotainment system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The MMI system is controlled with a user-friendly knob, and it even has a touchpad that lets you trace letters or numbers to input addresses into the navigation system. The navigation system uses Google Earth 3D images for exceptional detail while driving. Other notable features include four-zone automatic climate control, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, and a panoramic sunroof. The A8's trunk is smaller than those in most rival sedans. The A8 has a power trunk lid and is available with a rear-seat refrigerator.

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Used 2014 Audi A8 Prices

Prices for a used 2014 A8 start around $40,000 for the base 3.0T model. Pricing can vary with trim level, vehicle condition, mileage, or location.

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We Did the Research for You: 39 Reviews Analyzed

We gathered and analyzed the findings of 39 professional reviews to give you snapshot of the A8's strengths and weaknesses. To further help you decide if the A8 is the right used sedan for you, we added information on reliability, safety, and more.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi A8?

The A8 earns a reliability rating of three out of five. That's average among all cars, but a bit lower than the ratings earned by a few super luxury rivals.

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How Safe Is the A8?

Like most high-end luxury vehicles, the A8 has not been crash tested. All A8 models have a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Some models may also have lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera, or a night vision system with pedestrian detection.

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Should I Consider Another Used A8?

The A8 was redesigned for the 2011 model year, which is part of the same generation as the current 2018 model. Audi made some major changes for 2014, including the introduction of the TDI diesel engine. Other changes include the addition of more standard features, like push-button start, a power trunk lid, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. Models prior to 2013 may have different powertrains, so keep that in mind when making a buying decision.

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Which Used Audi A8 Is Right for Me?

When shopping for an A8, you'll want to start by choosing a powertrain and either a standard or long wheelbase. Standard-wheelbase models are available with the V6 3.0T or V8 4.0T, while long-wheelbase Audi A8 L trims include those powertrains plus the diesel TDI. All have essentially the same features. Some used models may have various options packages that add more features. The twin-turbo Audi S8 is a performance-oriented model, while the A8 L W12 is a fully loaded, limousine-like, long-wheelbase model. All models in the A8 range have all-wheel drive (Quattro).

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned A8. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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2014 Audi A8 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A8 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers unmatched luxury along with a cloudlike ride. The S-Class has a much larger trunk than the A8, and it's available with some features you can't get in the Audi, like a system that automatically steers the car into parallel parking spaces. The Mercedes-Benz is not quite as engaging to drive as the Audi, and it has much higher ownership costs. Still, you can't go wrong with either of these super luxury sedans.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A8 or 2014 BMW 7 Series?

Much like the A8, the BMW 7 Series offers exceptional interior comfort, smooth handling, and lots of cabin tech. The 7 Series has a slightly higher reliability rating. However, the BMW's cabin styling isn't quite as handsome, and it's not as fun to drive as the A8. At the end of the day, however, both models are great options in the super luxury class.

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