2019 Audi A8

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2019 Audi A8 Review

The 2019 Audi A8 finishes in the middle of our super luxury car rankings. It features a first-rate interior and plenty of technology, but its trunk is on the small side, and there are times when it could use more power.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet and serene ride
  • Elegant interior
  • High-tech, user-friendly features
  • Coddling passenger accommodations
  • Small trunk
  • Underwhelming powertrain

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi A8 has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 10 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the 2019 Audi A8 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 A8 is good used super luxury car. This German sedan delivers a cushioned ride and has a stylish, comfortable interior with lots of luxury upgrades. There are plenty of standard and available tech features, including an intuitive dual-screen infotainment system. Some rivals have more energetic powertrains, and the A8's trunk is small, but overall, there's a lot to like about this Audi.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 10 Audi A8 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Audi A8?

Based on listings for the 2019 Audi A8, the average list price is $67,153. Prices range from $67,153 to $67,153 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Audi A8 Cost to Own?

The 2019 A8’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $41,100, or $8,220 per year. That’s about average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A8: What's the Difference?

Audi fully redesigned the A8 sedan for 2019. This A8 has a minimalist cabin design and a brand-new infotainment setup. Two touch screens replace the central control knob of the old MMI interface, and there's an additional touchpad on the center console. Audi also updated the advanced driving assistance technology in the A8 for 2019.

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Here are the key changes for the Audi A8 over the last few years:

  • 2016: long-wheelbase body style became standard setup
  • 2017: 12-cylinder and diesel engines discontinued
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: fully redesigned with updated styling, a new infotainment system, and updated driver assistance features

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 A8, 2017 A8, and 2018 A8 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Audi A8?

The 2019 Audi A8 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Audi A8 Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SEATS Recall Date: 06/04/2019
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2019 Audi A8 vehicles equipped with rear relaxation seats. The front passenger seat track rivet may fail and cause the spindle bracket to separate.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 66
  • Consequence: A failure of the seat track rivet increases the risk of injury during a crash.
  • Remedy: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger seat tracks, free of charge. The recall began July 25, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 72J3.
  • Dates of Manufacture: DEC 03, 2018 to FEB 27, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 72J3
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V415000

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Which Used Audi A8 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Audi A8 is available in one configuration, and it comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. Standard amenities include Valetta leather upholstery, heated and 18-way power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, and power side- and rear-window sunshades for the back seat. A panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free power trunk lid, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are also standard.

The standard dual-screen infotainment system includes Bluetooth, a USB port, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

When the A8 was new, you could add several packages to get additional features, including the Executive package, Luxury package, Executive Rear Seat Comfort package, Cold Weather package, and Driver Assistance package. These packages contained additional features like ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, massaging rear seats, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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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 one of the best, according to our research. It's rivaled only by Lexus and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the A8?

The 2019 Audi A8 has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Audi Pre-Sense Front (includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Intersection assistant
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection
  • Audi Pre-Sense Rear (takes preventive measures if it senses an impending collision from the rear)

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2019 Audi A8 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Audi A8 or 2019 BMW 7 Series?

The 2019 BMW 7 Series sits next to the A8 in our super luxury car rankings, and the better choice is a matter of preference. The BMW has an impressive powertrain lineup, ranging from a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid to a monstrous V12 engine. It also has superior handling, with agile cornering capability that doesn’t detract from its supple ride. Both cars have regal interiors with lots of technology, but the A8 has a few more standard features, including all-wheel drive, which costs extra in the BMW. The 7 Series has a bigger trunk than the A8, but these rivals have similarly attractive seating accommodations.

Which Is Better: 2019 Audi A8 or 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most luxurious cars on the market, and it's superior to the A8. The S-Class has phenomenal overall performance for a super luxury car, thanks to its muscular engine options and athletic handling. While the A8 has an incredibly nice interior, the S-Class' cabin surpasses the Audi's. You can get pretty much any feature you can imagine in this Mercedes, but the Audi has a more user-friendly infotainment system.

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2019 A8 Performance

How Does the 2019 Audi A8 Drive?

The A8's V6 engine produces sufficient power in most situations, but acceleration sometimes feels underwhelming, leaving you wishing there was just a bit more power on tap. There is a mild-hybrid stop-start system that adds torque, helping the A8 feel quick off the line.

Standard all-wheel drive provides excellent road grip, and this Audi has composed handling. Ride quality is outstanding, even over rough pavement. The long wheelbase makes the A8 a little tough to maneuver in some tight spaces, but available all-wheel steering improves the turning radius.

  • Engine: 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Audi A8 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The A8 gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Those are typical ratings for the class.

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2019 A8 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 A8 Seat?

The 2019 A8 seats five people (four in models with the Executive Rear Seat Comfort package) in two rows. The A8's interior looks great, with impeccable styling and top-notch materials. The seats are outstanding as well, delivering ample comfort and support.

All A8 models come in a long-wheelbase configuration, so both rows of seats have plenty of room, even for taller adults. Additionally, many posh features – such as massaging seats – up the already-impressive level of comfort.

Standard seating features:

  • Valetta leather upholstery
  • 18-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • Valcona leather upholstery
  • 22-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Power-adjustable rear seats
  • Heated and ventilated rear seats
  • Massaging rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Audi A8?

The 2019 A8 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats.

2019 Audi A8 Features

The A8's dual-screen infotainment system works well. The screens are easy to see and reach from the driver's seat, and they respond quickly to inputs. The intuitive interface makes it easy to navigate through menus, and the system features multiple control methods beyond the touch screens, including a few physical controls and handwriting recognition.

  • Standard infotainment features: dual touch screens (a 10.3-inch upper screen and an 8.6-inch lower screen), Bluetooth, a USB port, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation
  • Available infotainment features: a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen advanced surround-sound stereo, a dual-screen entertainment system, a DVD player, and a rear USB port
  • Additional standard features: quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Other available features: a rear-seat household-style power outlet, ambient interior lighting, and an air ionizer

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2019 Audi A8 Dimensions

Audi A8 Cargo Space

Most super luxury cars have more cargo space than the Audi A8, which has a 12.5-cubic-foot trunk.

2019 Audi A8 Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,751 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Audi A8 Built?

Audi built the 2019 A8 in Germany.


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