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2017 Audi A8 Review

The 2017 Audi A8 boasts strong engine performance, pleasant handling, and a comfortable interior. However, it ranks near the back of its class due to its dated infotainment system and a poor predicted reliability rating.

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Spacious interior
  • Small trunk
  • Quirky and dated infotainment system

2017 Audi A8 Overview

Is the 2017 Audi A8 a Good Used Car?

The Audi A8 isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used super luxury car. The A8 rates poorly for predicted reliability, its interior and infotainment features have become outdated, and its small trunk limits everyday practicality. There are more capable and refined options in this class, including the 2017 BMW 7 Series and 2017 Porsche Panamera.

It’s not all bad news for the Audi, though. The A8 handles confidently for such a large sedan and it boasts a range of powerful engines. It also has a roomy cabin and a bevy of advanced safety features.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 49 Audi A8 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Audi A8?

You can expect to pay between $47,500 and $73,000 for a used 2017 A8. These figures are based on listings for the 2017 Audi A8 on our site. The average price is $58,800. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi A8 Cost to Own?

The A8’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $36,900 – or about $7,400 per year. That’s average for a super luxury car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A8?

The 2019 Audi A8 was fully redesigned. It features an even higher-quality interior, additional rear-seat space, and a more advanced infotainment system with touch screens cleanly integrated in the dashboard and center console. It also supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps, which make it easy to access your smartphone’s features on the go. It’s a better luxury sedan than the used 2017 A8, but it’s more expensive. Pricing starts at $83,800.

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For a new large luxury car that’s less expensive, consider the 2018 Cadillac CT6. The CT6 starts at around $54,000, and it mirrors the A8’s composed handling, zippy engine performance, and generous interior space. The gas-only CT6 tops the Audi in fuel economy, and its plug-in hybrid variant is even better at conserving gasoline. It also offers Super Cruise, an advanced self-driving system for major highways.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A8 Is Best?

The third-generation Audi A8 spans the 2011 through 2018 model years. All of these models share Audi’s air suspension, so you can expect older A8 models to drive just as pleasantly as the newer models. Beyond that however, there are a few key things to consider. The A8’s exterior was restyled for 2015, giving it a more modern look than the earlier A8s. Most notably, the A8’s engine lineup changed dramatically over this generation, so you’ll have to shop carefully if you desire a particular setup.

The supercharged V6 and the powerful S8 weren’t available until the 2013 model year. The A8 started offering a big 12-cylinder engine (W12) for 2012, and it added a turbodiesel V6 (TDI) for 2014. Both of these engines were discontinued for 2017. TDI models were affected by the widespread Audi diesel engine emissions scandal. Many of these models have been modified as a result, which could alter performance and fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi A8?

The 2017 A8 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Audi A8 Recalls

There are no open recalls for the 2017 A8 at the time of this writing.

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Which Used Audi A8 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi A8 is available in three trim levels: A8 L 3.0T, A8 L 4.0T, and S8 plus. The base model 3.0T is the best fit for most shoppers. It comes well-equipped, and its V6 engine is plenty powerful. If you want a luxury sedan with serious performance, consider upgrading to the brawny – albeit pricier – 4.0T or S8 models.

The A8 L 3.0T comes standard with a 333-horsepower supercharged V6, an adaptive air suspension, an 8-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, navigation, a Bose stereo system, Bluetooth, keyless entry, push-button start, a power trunk, a sunroof, power rear sunshades, four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, parking sensors, and alloy wheels.

The A8 L 4.0T packs a 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and adds a larger panoramic sunroof, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree parking camera, and a head-up display. Notably, these features were optional on the 3.0T model. Lastly, the S8 plus has a 605-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, a sport-tuned air suspension, high-performance brakes, and a torque-vectoring rear differential. However, options can vary widely between used models. It’s best to shop around if you’re looking for specific features like massaging rear seats or the safety systems of the Driver Assistance package.

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Certified Pre-Owned Audi A8 Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional one-year/unlimited mileage comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points. Despite this extra coverage, rivals like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs.

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How Safe Is the A8?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not published crash test results for the 2017 Audi A8.

The A8 is available with many advanced safety features, including a standard rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors. The optional Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Additional features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree parking camera, and a night vision camera.

2017 Audi A8 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A8 or 2017 BMW 7 Series?

The 2017 BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 share some common ground. Each of these luxury sedans provides a smooth ride while still delivering athletic handling and muscular engine performance. The 7 Series is also available as an efficient plug-in hybrid. Inside, both cars have plenty of space and lots of active safety features. The BMW just feels more up-to-date than the Audi with a more modern cabin and an easier-to-use infotainment system. The 7 Series also tops the A8 in predicted reliability. Go with the BMW.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A8 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2017 Mercedes S-Class is another compelling option in this segment. The S-Class and the A8 offer refined driving dynamics, brawny engine options, airy seating space, and many active safety features. However, the S-Class takes it up a notch with one of the most opulent interiors money can buy. The S-Class rates higher for predicted reliability, and its infotainment system is far more advanced than the A8’s.

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2017 A8 Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi A8 Drive?

The 2017 A8 has three engine options: a supercharged V6 with 333 horsepower (3.0T), a twin-turbocharged V8 with 450 horsepower (4.0T), and a twin-turbo V8 with 605 horsepower (S8). An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (Quattro) are standard.

The V6 may only be the entry-level engine, but it’s more than capable of scooting the A8 up to speed quickly. Thanks in part to its quick-shifting transmission, the A8 3.0T can hustle from zero to 60 mph in just under six seconds. It supplies ample passing power at highway speeds as well. This should fit the bill for most shoppers, but if you demand higher performance, the 4.0T and S8 models deliver. These brawny sedans cut the zero-to-60 sprint to just 4.4 and 3.7 seconds, respectively.

All A8 models come equipped with Audi’s adaptive air suspension. It soaks up the impacts from large bumps and dips nicely. At the same time, it does a fine job of keeping the Audi stable when rounding tight turns. The A8’s brakes bring the sedan to a stop confidently as well, and its steering is responsive – albeit a little heavy. Overall, the big A8 drives like a smaller sports sedan.

Does the 2017 Audi A8 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The A8 returns good fuel economy for a super luxury car. The 3.0T model nets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The 4.0T model earns a comparable 18/29 mpg. The performance-oriented S8 sinks this gas mileage rating to a lower 15/24 mpg, however.

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2017 A8 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 A8 Seat?

The Audi A8 is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are soft, supportive, and provide generous head- and legroom – even for taller drivers. Visibility to the front and side is good as well. The A8’s rear seats are similarly spacious and cozy. The S8 sacrifices about four inches of rear legroom but still remains comfortable for back-seat passengers. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Heated, ventilated, and massaging front and rear seats are available.

The A8’s cabin is elegantly styled and its material quality is top-notch. Leather upholstery, soft-touch plastics, and rich wood accents cover most surfaces. That said, the dashboard design doesn’t look as modern as some of the A8’s leading competitors, like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi A8?

The A8 has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats.

2017 Audi A8 Features

The A8 hasn't been fully redesigned since the 2011 model year, and that becomes apparent when looking at its tech features. The MMI infotainment system employs an 8-inch screen and a rotary dial, along with a rather haphazard layout of buttons, knobs, and a touchpad on the center console. This setup is more distracting to use than a number of rival systems, and it feels dated by comparison.

All models come equipped with a navigation system, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth. Options include two 10-inch rear-seat entertainment screens, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and a head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield.

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2017 Audi A8 Dimensions

Audi A8 Cargo Space

The A8 offers a relatively small 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

2017 A8 Length and Weight

The standard Audi A8 L is 17.3 feet long and has a curb weight of between 4,464 and 4,673 pounds. The Audi S8 is slightly shorter at 16.9 feet, and it has a curb weight of 4,685 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Audi A8 Built?

Audi built the A8 in Germany.

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