2016 Audi A8

Interior


$49,632 - $85,203

2016 Audi A8 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Audi A8 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.9

The 2016 Audi A8's cabin is fitted with premium materials and has a graceful design that shows close attention to detail, according to the automotive press. They also praise the comfort and space of the front and rear seating. The A8 has less trunk space than many rivals. Most critics are pleased with the A8's MMI infotainment system, noting that it is responsive and generally easy to use, though some think its touchpad controller is a bit hard to reach. Still, some comment that newer rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW offer more modern and comprehensive tech features.

  • "The A8's cabin boasts the requisite leather and wood expected in a car of this caliber, and attention to detail borders on obsessive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Audi has long been renowned for its mastery of interior design, and the A8 upholds that reputation with exquisite materials and a stately layout." -- Left Lane News
  • "Beyond performance, the 2016 Audi A8 is notable for its stunning interior. Of course, its rivals have great cabins, too, but there's a warmth to the Audi's decor that we find especially inviting and, for 2016, all A8s have been fitted with extended leather on their doors, dash and center console." -- Edmunds

Seating

The base A8 L and S8 Plus models come standard with five-person seating. The A8 L W12 comes with standard four-person or optional five-person seating. Leather upholstery and heated front seats with 18-way power adjustment (22-way in S8 Plus and W12 models) are standard. Seating options include ventilated and massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable rear seats that are heated, ventilated and massaging.

The A8 offers lots of comfort in both the front and back seats. The rear seats in long-wheelbase models (all but the S8) offer an abundance of legroom.

  • "Comfort is in no short supply … and the massage functions should be enough to send most people over the edge (although most competitors also offer them). That same level of decadence can also be enjoyed in the rear seats by upgrading to the Rear Seat Comfort package. Even without that option, rear passengers enjoy a wealth of space and amenities." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats fit a variety of bodies, and rear-seat legroom is impressive on the long-wheelbase models, which also offer a pair of seats with massaging function." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's plenty of room for five to sit in perfect comfort, and a plethora of optional luxuries make the cabin experience truly first class. …" -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The base A8 trim, the A8 L, comes standard with four-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, Audi's MMI infotainment system with navigation and a touchpad controller, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, iPod integration, Bluetooth, proximity key, a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.

Depending on which trim you get, optional features include a top-view camera system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, night vision and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens. The A8 L W12 model is also available with a 10.4-liter rear-seat refrigerator box.

The MMI system has a crisp navigation system and quick responses. It is easy to enter commands using the touchpad, though the touchpad is located too far away. Still, the infotainment systems in rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series are newer and offer a more comprehensive suite of technology.

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  • "Audi's navigation is second to none. Need proof? Check out the cool Google Earth 3D satellite imagery brought to life by a brilliant 8-inch touch screen. It's practically like piloting the starship Enterprise." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Navigation and entertainment functions are accessed through Audi's MMI system, which includes a novel touchpad for entering destinations or other info by writing out numbers and letters with a finger. It's one of the more intuitive infotainment setups on the market, although some users find that its location at the base of the center console requires a bit of a reach." -- Left Lane News
  • "Although MMI responds quickly to inputs, we've found that it generally isn't as easy to operate as rival systems. It's also starting to feel a bit dated from the standpoint of overall functionality, as BMW and Mercedes have rolled out next-generation interfaces with pinch-and-swipe capability that supports deeper integration for smartphone users." -- Edmunds

Cargo

All A8 models have 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the class. A power trunk lid is standard. Test drivers are disappointed in the amount of trunk space offered in the A8, but they note that there are lots of small-item storage areas in the cabin.

  • "Another potential downside is cargo capacity, as the A8 accommodates a maximum of only 14.2 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "I also note that this is the A8 L, as in long, but all that extra space must be devoted to the back seat because the trunk, though reasonably deep, isn't as big as I expected for a full-size sedan." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Above-par interior storage includes large bins and small covered cubbies in the doors, and a deep center-console box beneath twin height-adjustable armrests." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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