2016 Audi A8

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2016 Audi A8 Review

The 2016 Audi A8 has an upscale interior, a range of powerful engines, and smooth yet sporty handling. However, the A8 lags its rivals with fewer driver assistance features and an outdated infotainment system.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.5
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Well-balanced ride and handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Luxe, roomy cabin
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Limited trunk space

2016 Audi A8 Overview

Is the 2016 Audi A8 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Audi A8 is a good place to start if you’re shopping for a luxurious used car. It balances ride comfort and handling, and a roomy, high-quality cabin adds to the A8’s appeal. That said, the Audi can’t measure up to its more advanced rivals, which offer superior safety and convenience features, as well as higher predicted reliability.

Used 2016 Audi A8 Performance and Interior

The 2016 A8 has five available engines. All models have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base A8 3.0T has a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 333 horsepower. The V6 zips the Audi up to speed quickly, yet also returns an efficient 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The A8 4.0T Sport and S8 Plus share a 4.0-liter V8 (450 and 605 horsepower, respectively), and the A8 W12 has a 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine (500 horsepower). Fuel economy drops with these models, ranging from 14-18 mpg in the city and 22-29 mpg on the highway.

Audi also sold A8 TDI models with a turbodiesel V6. This engine, however, is affected by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal and will require modifications to meet EPA standards. Shoppers looking for used TDI models should be cautious, as these modifications may alter performance and fuel economy.

The A8 has impressive handling for such a large sedan, thanks to its communicative and direct steering. All models feature an adaptive air suspension, which keeps the A8 composed in tight corners yet provides a soft ride over bumpy pavement.

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The 2016 Audi A8 seats five in a spacious, premium cabin. Material quality is excellent; soft leather upholstery and rich wood accents cover many surfaces. The standard heated front seats are comfortable and supportive. The A8’s rear seats are cozy with expansive head- and legroom. An available Executive Rear Seat Comfort package (A8 W12 models only) lowers seating capacity to four but creates two loungelike rear seats separated by a center console and beverage cooler. The A8 offers a relatively small 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

The A8 both hits and misses with its tech features. All models have an 8-inch display screen, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a touchpad that senses handwriting. Options include two 10-inch DVD screens, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a head-up display. The Audi’s infotainment doesn’t have particularly user-friendly controls, however, and its overall look and function can’t match rivals like the BMW 7 Series.

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Used 2016 Audi A8 Prices

The price of a used 2016 Audi A8 ranges from about $64,800 for a base model A8 L 3.0T to around $109,600 for the A8 L W12 trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Audi A8?

The 2016 Audi A8 has average predicted reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. The 2016 Lexus LS leads the class with a perfect score of five.

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How Safe Is the A8?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published crash test results for the 2016 A8. 

The A8 comes standard with a rearview camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. An available Premium package adds a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane keep assist.

Should I Consider Another Used A8?

2016 marks the sixth model year of the A8's third generation, which launched for 2011 and includes the 2017 A8. There were few major updates for 2016, other than the introduction of the 605-horsepower S8 Plus, so you may be able to find similarly equipped 2015 A8 models at a much lower price.

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Which Used Audi A8 Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Audi A8 is available in five trims: 3.0T, TDI, 4.0T Sport, W12, and S8 Plus. Each trim name corresponds with its engine. The A8 3.0T and TDI trims have a 7-inch infotainment screen, navigation, Bluetooth, leather upholstery, heated front seats, parking sensors, a rearview camera, a sunroof, rear sunshades, and air suspension. The A8 4.0T Sport adds the Premium package. The A8 W12 adds heated, ventilated, and massaging rear seats, as well as two 10-inch DVD screens. The S8 Plus includes 4.0T Sport features and adds sport-tuned air suspension and steering.

The best value in the A8 lineup is the A8 3.0T. It offers great performance and a host of standard features.

You may also want to shop for 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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2016 Audi A8 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A8 or 2016 Audi A7?

The 2016 Audi A7 is a better option for most used car shoppers than the pricier A8. In fact, we named the A7 our 2016 Best Luxury Large Car for Families. The A7's major benefit is its practical hatchback, which offers a much roomier 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The A7 also rates higher than the A8 in predicted reliability. Both Audis have luxe cabins, smooth yet agile handling, muscular engines, and nearly all the same safety features. The only place the A8 outshines the A7 is in its rear seat; it offers more passenger space and options like DVD screens and massaging seats. Go with the A7 and you’ll find a great car, often for much less money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A8 or 2016 BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series was redesigned for 2016, and it’s one of the most compelling luxury cars in its class. It offers more high-end features than the A8, like hands-free parallel parking and an iPad-like tablet for rear-seat passengers. It also rates higher in predicted reliability. Like the A8, the 7 Series has well-balanced handling and crisp interior styling. That said, used 7 Series models are often pricier than their Audi counterparts. The BMW is the better luxury car.

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A8 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the far superior luxury car. The S-Class offers unmatched interior quality, advanced infotainment, higher predicted reliability, and luxuries like a cabin air fragrance system and a suspension that can detect and glide over bumps. Further, its wide array of available safety features gives the S-Class near-autonomous driving abilities. The catch is that used S-Class models are often far more expensive. You’re apt to find a very good A8 for much less.

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