2017 Audi A8

Interior


$58,748 - $86,999

2017 Audi A8 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi A8 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.8

The 2017 Audi A8 has all the interior quality that you'd expect from a luxury brand's flagship vehicle. There are premium materials everywhere, and the overall design is elegant and attractive. Both rows of seats – but especially the backseat – are spacious and offer plenty of luxury upgrades.

The MMI infotainment system headlines the A8's list of standard and available features. It's definitely easy to use, but it isn't quite as modern as some rival systems. If the A8 has any significant drawbacks, it's trunk space. It has one of the smallest trunks in the class.

  • "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
  • "For shoppers in this exclusive segment, cabin design and quality can certainly be a deciding factor. The 2017 Audi A8 rises to the occasion with excellent materials, smart styling and an abundance of high-tech features. Many Audis are notable for their businesslike, austere interiors, but the A8 is decidedly opulent in its execution, with an abundance of rich wood inlays and supple leather surfaces." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Seating

The 2017 A8 seats five people. Leather upholstery and heated front seats with 18-way power adjustments (22-way in the S8) are standard. Seating options include premium leather upholstery, ventilated and massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable rear seats that are heated, ventilated, and massaging.

The front seats are already comfortable even before you start adding upgrades like premium leather and additional adjustability. Unlike most vehicles, however, super luxury cars are judged more so by their rear seats than the front. The A8's rear seats have an abundance of space; three adults can sit comfortably in the back. Legroom is excellent, even for this class, and there are upgrades like massaging rear seats available to further improve comfort.

The A8 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The cavernous rear seats mean that car seats fit with ease, but you might have some trouble installing them. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, so they're hard to get to, and you can't really move the cushions to make it easier to access them.

  • "There's no shortage of comfort inside the A8, even with the standard 14-way adjustable front seats. Upgrading to the optional 18-way adjustable ventilated seats only enhances passenger satisfaction, and the massage functions are more pampering still (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, thanks to the A8's long wheelbase. You can even opt for a pair of rear 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

Standard features in the A8 include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 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, an in-dash DVD player, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

Optional features include a 360-degree camera system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, Audi pre sense, a night vision assistant, a panoramic sunroof, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens.

The MMI infotainment system isn't as new as some rival systems, and it lacks some of the modern touches that you'll find in competitors, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But if you move beyond that, you'll find that the system works well. It's intuitive and responsive, and the touchpad makes it easy to enter commands (it also recognizes handwriting). The navigation system is excellent and there are plenty of active safety features, including Audi pre sense, which helps keep you safe by tightening seat belts and rolling up windows if the vehicle detects an impending collision.

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  • "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
  • 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
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

The A8 has one of the smallest trunks in the class. Both the A8 and the S8 have 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space. For comparison, most rivals offer at least 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, and a few offer more than 18 cubic feet. Those differences may not sound like much, but it means that every other car in the class can fit in an extra grocery bag or suitcase, and the larger difference is enough to fit an extra set of golf clubs. On the bright side, the A8 does come with a hands-free power trunk lid and plenty of small-item storage space throughout the cabin.

  • "Cargo capacity is a weak spot for the A8, as its trunk measures a humble 14.2 cubic feet. Some compact economy sedans can match that." -- 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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