2018 Audi A8

Interior


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2018 Audi A8 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.7

The interior of the 2018 Audi A8 represents the ultimate in refinement. The design is elegant, the leather seats are relaxing and spacious, and the A8's rear seat is one of the roomiest around. Only two areas come up short: trunk space (one of the smallest in the class) and infotainment technology (which is limited and feels out of date).

  • "Though on the cusp of replacement, the A8's interior has held up well. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of even its newer A4 sibling such as the Virtual Cockpit or Apple CarPlay/Android integration, the A8's cabin is a commendable cocoon of indulgence. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though its design is a few years old, the S8's interior still displays an attention to detail and cohesion in design. If a surface isn't high-quality leather or an attractive trim piece, it's probably simulated suede. And it's all customizable." -- Edmunds
  • "The A8 has an immaculately finished interior awash in real wood, suede inserts, brushed aluminum, piano black, and soft plastics. The low-pile carpet is quality stuff as is the soft, perforated-leather upholstery." -- Consumer Reports (2017)

Seating

The A8 comes with leather upholstery and heated, 18-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include premium leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, upgraded front seats (with ventilation, massage, and 22-way power adjustments), and executive-style rear seats (pampering passengers with heat, ventilation, massage, and power adjustments).

Both front and back seats are supremely comfortable, with the upgraded seats coddling you to the nth degree. The standard model is actually the A8 L long-wheelbase model, and the S8 Plus carries over with the shorter wheelbase that is no longer offered with the standard A8.

As a long-wheelbase sedan, the A8 has an especially spacious back seat that includes 42.9 inches of legroom. The S8 Plus isn't quite as generous (with 38.7 inches of rear-seat legroom), but it still has agreeable accommodations for taller passengers. There are two sets of LATCH child-seat anchors mounted on the outboard seats. Though there is plenty of room to clip in two car seats, the hardware is difficult to use.

  • "We also like the heated front seats that offer 22-way adjustment and massage. Rear occupants will appreciate the additional adjustment provided by four-zone climate control." -- Edmunds
  • "We've already waxed poetic on the 22-way-adjustable front seats, each straddled by a wide console festooned with buttons and a gearshift that looks like it was taken from a jet. A8 models, only available as 'L' for long-wheelbase, have scads of rear-seat legroom at nearly 43 inches, while the S8 still boasts a commendable 38.7 inches." -- 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 (2017)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the A8 includes Audi's MMI infotainment interface, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, an in-dash DVD player, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and iPod integration. The A8 also comes with quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

Depending on the trim, the A8 is available with a panoramic sunroof, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens, a bird's-eye view camera system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a head-up display, forward collision warning, and a night vision assistant.

The infotainment system is pretty straightforward, and the navigation interface has stunning graphics. However, the system is a bit outdated in comparison to some rivals, and a few test drivers note that the controls can be difficult for the driver to reach and use.

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  • The S8's MMI infotainment system is reasonably easy to use, but it's dated compared to the latest version of MMI available on other Audi vehicles. The proprietary music interface isn't nearly as versatile as having a USB port to plug in your phone. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available." -- Edmunds
  • The primary gauges are backlighted and mostly easy to read. Many climate and audio functions take multiple steps, employing multifunction knobs and buttons to scroll through menus on a central control and navigation screen. You'll find yourself frequently glancing down at the console then up at the screen as you click and rotate your way through seemingly limitless combinations. Some functions are duplicated on the steering wheel, which is handy once you get the hang of it." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The A8 has a 14.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is quite small for a vehicle this size. That means, in comparison to the class average, you'll be carrying at least one less suitcase in the back of the A8. On a positive note, there are lots of little storage spaces throughout the cabin, and a hands-free trunk lid is standard.

  • "The interior boasts plenty of cubbies and pockets for smaller personal items." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is small for a large car. It can hold just three large upright suitcases and one duffel bag, and it's not expandable. The trunk lid is powered, which is customary for cars in this class." -- Consumer Reports (2017)
  • "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)
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