2016 Audi A8

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2016 Audi A8 Review

The 2016 Audi A8 has a luxurious cabin, potent engines, and refined performance. However, it fails to measure up to its rivals, which have higher reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Luxe, roomy cabin
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Limited trunk space

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi A8 has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Audi A8 Overview

Is the 2016 Audi A8 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Audi A8 is an excellent performance car with several brawny engine options. It also has several suspension and steering enhancements that allow you to customize your ride. The A8’s lovely cabin is comfortable and has plenty of space. However, the A8 has a relatively small trunk and a short features list compared to super luxury car rivals. Additionally, the A8 has the lowest reliability rating in the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 46 Audi A8 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Audi A8?

Based on 36 used 2016 A8 listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $41,300 and $66,800, with an average price of $49,800. Pricing varies depending on the car’s mileage, condition, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Audi A8 Cost to Own?

Over five years, the estimated cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance, and repairs for a 2016 Audi A8 is nearly $38,100. That’s about average for the class. Expect to spend a little less on the Lexus LS ($36,200) and a bit more for a Porsche Panamera ($41,000).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A8?

A 2018 Audi A8 is significantly pricier than a used 2016 model. The new model starts at $82,500, which is $15,700 more than the highest price on our site for a 2016 model. For all that extra money, the newer model doesn’t offer any significant changes over the 2016 model. If you’re going to buy an A8, a used model is the way to go.

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You won’t find a new super luxury car that comes close to used 2016 A8’s average list price. There are alternatives, but you have to look in lower classes like the luxury large car segment. A 2018 Lincoln Continental starts at $45,160 and features strong turbocharged engines, exceptionally comfortable front seats, and a cushioned ride. While it doesn’t deliver the performance and features of a super luxury car, it’s a comparably priced new alternative to a used 2016 A8. The 2018 Cadillac XTS ($46,395) is another solid alternative with strong engines, comfortable seats, and more trunk space than the A8.  

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Audi A8?

The 2016 A8 has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s one of the worst scores in the class.  

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2016 Audi A8 Recalls

At the time of writing, there were no reported recalls for the 2016 Audi A8.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A8 Is Best?

The 2016 A8 is part of a generation that launched in the 2011 model year. You may want to consider buying an earlier model, as they can save you up to $19,000 (or more in some cases). The 2013 model has a good overall score on our site, thanks to an excellent reliability score. It also comes with top and corner-view cameras. The 2014 and 2015 models have decent scores, but their lower reliability ratings pull their overall scores down. Audi added a number of active safety features for 2014 and 2015. The 2014 received a rearview camera and parking sensors, while the 2015 got lane keep assist and a head-up display. Stay away from the 2017 model; it has a higher average price by about $10,000 and doesn’t offer the W12 engine.

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Which Used Audi A8 Model Is Right for Me?

There are five available trims: 3.0T, TDI, 4.0T Sport, W12, and S8 Plus. Each trim has a corresponding engine. The A8 3.0T and TDI trims come with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, leather seats, heated front seats, a sunroof, rear sunshades, and air suspension. The A8 4.0T Sport adds a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a top- and corner-view camera system, Audi side assist, rear cross traffic alert with brake assist, and 22-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, ventilation, and a massage function.

The A8 W12 adds an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, adaptive suspension, and dynamic steering. It also comes with a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, a power rear shade, a 7-inch driver information screen, and two 10-inch DVD screens. The S8 Plus is the performance beast of the lineup, featuring a quattro sport differential, a sport-tuned adjustable air suspension, and a number of sport-inspired designed elements.

Unless you plan to do a lot of chauffeuring or competitive driving, the 3.0T model’s performance and features are plenty satisfying for the average driver.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the A8?

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

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

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2016 Audi A8 Versus the Competition

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

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is undoubtedly the superior choice among super luxury sedans. Its cabin comfort and quality are unmatched by rivals, and it hosts an abundance of features not available in the A8, including a cabin air fragrance system. The S-Class also features a robust infotainment system with two 12.3-inch displays. In addition, the Mercedes has a higher reliability rating and exceptionally comfortable back seats. It also comes with several engine options that offer plenty of smooth power. However, these benefits come at a hefty price; the S-Class likely costs tens of thousands of dollars more than an A8.

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

The BMW 7 Series was redesigned for 2016, and it’s a better car for most people. It offers high-tech features like a tablet-like display for back-seat passengers and hands-free parallel parking. The 7 Series also has more trunk space and a higher reliability rating than the A8. Additionally, the BMW features balanced handling that helps it feel at home on any surface.

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2016 A8 Performance

How Does the 2016 Audi A8 Drive?

The 2016 A8 has five available engines, which are quite powerful. The base Audi A8 3.0T comes with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 333 horsepower. The Audi A8 4.0T Sport and Audi S8 Plus each have a different version of the same 4.0-liter V8. The 4.0T produces 450 horsepower, and the S8 puts out 605 horsepower. The Audi A8 W12 has a 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine that generates 500 horsepower.

Audi also sold 2016 A8 TDI models, which have a turbodiesel V6. However, this engine was 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.

For such a large car, the A8 has surprisingly agile handling and sharp steering. All models feature an adaptive air suspension, which helps the A8 manage tight corners with ease while providing a cushioned ride over rough patches of road.

Does the 2016 Audi A8 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base model is fuel-efficient, returning an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops with stronger engines, ranging from 14-18 mpg in the city and 22-29 mpg on the highway.

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2016 A8 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 A8 Seat?

There are seats for five in the A8. Its spacious, luxurious cabin features an abundance of first-rate materials and attractive accents. The standard heated front seats are comfortable and supportive. The A8’s rear seats are cozy, providing expansive head- and legroom. An available Executive Rear Seat Comfort package (A8 W12 models only) lowers seating capacity to four but creates two lounge-like rear seats separated by a center console and beverage cooler.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Audi A8?

Each of the rear outboard seats has a complete set of LATCH connectors for attaching child safety seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor.

2016 Audi A8 Features

Standard features include four-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, iPod integration, Bluetooth, proximity key, and Audi's MMI infotainment system with an 8-inch display, a navigation system, and a touchpad controller. Available features include two 10-inch DVD screens, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a head-up display. The A8 L W12 model is also available with a 10.4-liter rear-seat refrigerator box.

Although the infotainment system is snappy to respond to inputs, its touchpad controller is hard to access and operate. Additionally, the MMI infotainment system doesn’t offer nearly as many functions are rivals’ systems.  

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2016 Audi A8 Dimensions

Audi A8 Cargo Space

The A8 offers a relatively small 14.2-cubic-foot trunk. Even most midsize sedans have larger trunks. 

2016 A8 Length and Weight

The A8’s length ranges from about 16.9 feet to around 17.3 feet, depending on the model. Its curb weight ranges from 4,464 to 4,806 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Audi A8 Built?

Audi assembled the 2016 A8 in Germany.


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