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2020 Audi A8 Review

The 2020 Audi A8 sits midpack among super luxury cars. It has a nice cabin and spacious seating, but it’s less athletic than some rivals. Also, the A8’s trunk is very small for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional rear legroom
  • Luxurious interior materials
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Long list of standard features
  • Little steering feedback
  • Low fuel economy for its class
  • Small trunk for the segment

New for 2020

  • Optional twin-turbocharged V8 engine
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • High-performance S8 model and plug-in-hybrid model

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi A8 has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Audi A8 a Good Car?

Yes, the Audi A8 is a good car, as are the vast majority of super luxury cars. This Audi boasts pampering seats and excellent second-row leg- and headroom. It comes with a long list of features that are visually stunning and technologically impressive. Ride comfort is also great.

The A8 has adequate acceleration, though it doesn't feel especially quick. It's less agile through sharp turns than some rivals, but its handling is generally composed. Also, the A8 has one of the smallest trunks in the class, and its fuel economy is poor for the segment.

Should I Buy the Audi A8?

The A8 is a good buy. Its price tag is about average for the class, but you’ll get a car loaded with technology and luxury amenities. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is more elegant and has a powerful lineup of engines, but it's also a lot more expensive than the A8. The BMW 7 Series is closer to the A8 in price while delivering more agile handling.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A8?

Audi fully redesigned the A8 for the 2019 model year, and the 2020 model sees some significant changes as well. Most notable is the introduction of three new models, each with its own powertrain. The 2019 A8 was only available with a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. The new 2020 A8 still offers that engine, along with a 453-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and a high-performance 563-horsepower twin-turbo V8.

Other changes for 2020 include standard lane departure warning, a feature that was optional in 2019, and the debut of a plug-in-hybrid A8, which is expected later in 2020. If you want the extra muscle provided by the new engines, you'll have to buy a 2020 A8. However, if you're fine with the base engine, consider shopping for a 2019 A8. It will likely save you thousands of dollars compared to a new A8, and you'll get a nearly identical car.

You can save even more cash by shopping for a previous-generation A8. These older models are markedly different, however. The 2018 A8 lacked standard advanced safety features aside from a rearview camera and parking sensors, and it did not offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The 2018 model's engine lineup consisted of a 333-horsepower supercharged V6, a 450-horsepower turbocharged V8, and a 605-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. Prior to the 2017 model year, you could find the A8 in a short- or long-wheelbase body style. The long wheelbase became standard for 2017.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 A8, 2018 A8, and 2019 A8 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 11 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 11 Audi A8 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 A8 is the right new car for you.

This 2020 A8 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Audi A8 Cost?

The 2020 Audi A8 starts at $85,200, which is right in the middle of the super luxury car class. The BMW 7 Series is marginally more expensive than the A8, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is around $9,000 higher. The Jaguar XJ, by comparison, is about $9,000 less than the base A8.

The base A8 comes with a turbocharged V6 engine. Models with a twin-turbocharged V8 start at $96,800.

The high-performance Audi S8 retails for $129,500. That's considerably less expensive than the range-topping models of the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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Audi A8 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi A8 or BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series' main advantage over the A8 is its lively handling and sharp cornering abilities. Yet it still delivers a coddling ride. The 7 Series offers a lineup of impressive engines, ranging from a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid to two high-performance variants (a turbocharged V8 and a turbocharged V12) that each make 600 horsepower.

Both the A8 and 7 Series offer extensive rear legroom, comfortable seats, and impressive interior qualities. You'll get a much larger trunk with the 7 Series, but the A8 has more standard equipment, most notably Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The BMW doesn’t offer Android Auto, and it only comes standard with a one-year trial of CarPlay. After that, you'll have to pay for a subscription. Also, the A8 comes with standard all-wheel drive, which is optional in the 7 Series.

These rivals have similar starting prices, and each is a good buy depending on what you prioritize in a huge sedan. Go with the BMW if engaging handling is your penchant. Select the A8 for its standard all-wheel drive and features list.

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

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most elegant cars you can buy. Period. Its cabin is swimming in extravagant materials. The A8’s interior is nice enough, but it doesn’t rise to the S-Class’ level. You'll get swift acceleration from any of this Mercedes' four powertrains, and the S-Class melds a plush ride with poised handling.

These cars have similar lists of standard and available features. While the Audi's infotainment interface requires a slight learning curve, it’s still a little more user-friendly than Mercedes' system, which is controlled via a touchpad on the center console. One advantage the S-Class has compared to the A8 is its additional trunk space.

This Benz constantly places near the top of our super luxury car rankings. While it's a much better choice than the A8, it'll cost you. The S-Class starts at almost $95,000, and its top-end trims surpass $200,000.

Compare the A8, 7 Series, and S-Class »

A8 Interior

How Many People Does the A8 Seat?

The 2020 Audi A8 seats five people. The front seats have standard heating and 18-way power adjustments, creating a relaxing experience. The cushions are wide and comfortable, and the whole cabin feels open and airy. Front seats with 22-way power-adjustments, ventilation, and massaging functions are optional.

The second row serves up ample amounts of legroom, and taller riders will have plenty of headroom. There are a couple of option packages that significantly enhance back-seat luxury. One adds power-adjustable, heated, ventilated, and massaging rear seats, as well as heated door armrests and a heated center console. This package also has rear-seat controls for infotainment and climate settings.

Another package eliminates the rear middle seat, reducing capacity to four. It comes with all the amenities of the above bundle, as well as footrests, a heated foot massage function, and folding tray tables.

A8 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the A8’s rear outboard seats. The lower anchors are set a little too deep in the seats and can be hard to access because the leather upholstery is stiff.

A8 Interior Quality

The Audi A8 has an upscale cabin with impressive materials everywhere you look. Plush leather upholstery is standard, and you can upgrade to an even higher-quality leather. It’s also possible to wrap almost the entire cabin in leather, from the center console to the door pulls to the dashboard. Interior trim pieces include genuine, high-quality wood.

Overall, the A8's atmosphere is buttoned-up and debonair. Still, some critics find the design minimalist or too business-like.

A8 Cargo Space

With just 12.5 cubic feet of space, the A8 has the smallest trunk in the super luxury car segment. All other classmates offer several more cubic feet of space. The BMW 7 Series has 18.2 cubic feet, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan serves up 18.7 cubes.

The A8 comes standard with a hands-free power trunk lid.

A8 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Audi A8 is packed full of technology, all of which centers around a dual-display touch-screen infotainment system. The upper screen measures 10.1 inches, and it’s integrated into the dashboard within easy sight of the driver. Here, you’ll find audio and navigation, as well as the display for standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Below that, an 8.6-inch screen fills most of the center stack and flows flawlessly into the center console. This display handles climate and seating adjustments, along with some shortcuts for infotainment features. You can also use it for handwriting recognition.

Both screens offer haptic feedback – the screen vibrates – and audio confirmation when you tap on them. It may take a little time to learn all the ins and outs of the system, mostly because it's the only way to control nearly all of the car’s features. A physical volume knob is one of the few tactile controls in the A8. This interface has crisp, modern graphics and responds quickly to your commands.

Other notable standard features include a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium stereo, satellite radio, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that you can use to display some infotainment functions.

Optional features include a cabin air ionizer, multicolor interior ambient lighting, wireless device charging, and a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo. For the second row, a dual-tablet entertainment system, two USB ports, a household-style power outlet, and a DVD changer are available.

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A8 Performance

A8 Engine: Two New Choices

The 2020 Audi A8's standard engine is a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. It's mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain has enough muscle for daily driving, though it doesn't exactly impress at first. Initial throttle response is a little weak, and you have to hit the accelerator hard for such maneuvers as passing other cars. The A8 prioritizes a smooth and steady delivery of power instead of melt-your-face-off acceleration. For the best pep from a stop, keep the selectable driving mode in Dynamic (the others are Comfort and Eco).

After launching the redesigned 2019 A8 with just that aforementioned engine, Audi expands the lineup for 2020. First up is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that doles out 453 horsepower. The newest version of the high-performance Audi S8 has a twin-turbo V8 good for 563 horsepower. Audi claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds for the less-powerful V8 model, and a run of 3.8 seconds for the S8.

A8 Gas Mileage: Fill Up A Lot

The A8 with its standard engine gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Nearly all other super luxury cars earn better estimates. By comparison, the BMW 7 Series is rated at up to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The best figures for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are 19/28 mpg city/highway.

The A8 outfitted with the 453-horsepower V8 returns 15/23 mpg city/highway. If you drive an A8, you can expect to spend anywhere from around $2,350 to $2,700 per year in gas.

The new S8 gets abysmal fuel economy, with estimates of 13/22 mpg city/highway.

A8 Ride and Handling: Tuned for Comfort

The Audi A8 prioritizes a supple, luxurious ride over handling prowess. A standard air suspension easily does away with bumps in the road. Little outside road and wind noise permeates the cabin.

Around turns, the car feels planted thanks to good road grip provided by standard all-wheel drive. Steering is pointed and accurate, but there's not a lot of feedback from the road. This leads the A8 to feeling less sporty than some rivals.

It can be hard to maneuver this big car in tight spaces, but only because of its size. At low speeds, turning the wheel takes little effort. Available all-wheel steering helps the A8 become more nimble, whether you're navigating a crowded parking lot or taking turns with enthusiasm.

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A8 Reliability

Is the Audi A8 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Audi A8 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is considered average.

Audi A8 Warranty

Audi covers the A8 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Audi A8?

The cost of insuring an Audi A8 will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

A8 Safety

A8 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Audi A8. That's typical for high-end luxury cars. 

A8 Safety Features

The 2020 A8 comes with a solid list of standard driver assistance technology. Features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, intersection assistant, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and night vision assistant with pedestrian detection.

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A8 Dimensions and Weight

The Audi A8 is 17.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,773 to 5,302 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Audi A8 Built?

Audi builds the 2020 A8 in Germany.

Which Audi A8 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Audi A8 is available in three trims: 55 TFSI, 60 TFSI, and the high-performance S8. Each model comes standard with all-wheel drive and has its own distinct engine, which we detail below. In fact, the engine is the main difference between the two lower trims, though the 60 model does offer a few exclusive packages.

We recommend sticking with the base model and its perfectly competent engine. The list of standard features is impressive and includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium stereo, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

Audi A8 55 TFSI Quattro

The Audi A8 55 TFSI Quattro starts at $85,200. It comes with a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Standard features include Valetta leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power trunk, power soft-closing doors, and power rear-window sunshades.

The standard dual-screen infotainment system includes navigation, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium stereo, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth.

The A8's standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera. Also standard are proximity keyless entry, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and a universal garage door opener.

The $800 Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats, heated front armrests, and a heated center console. For $4,000, the Luxury package includes premium Valcona leather seats, leather-wrapped interior pieces, an Alcantara suede headliner, and a cabin air ionizer. All-wheel steering is optional for $2,000.

You can spend $4,600 to get the Executive package, which comes with heated and ventilated front seats, 22-way power-adjustable front seats, multicolor interior ambient lighting, wireless device charging, dual-pane acoustic glass, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The optional Rear Seat Comfort package costs $3,500 and adds power-adjustable rear seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, massaging rear seats, rear heated surfaces, and rear-seat remote controls. The $2,750 Driver Assistance package comes with adaptive cruise control, intersection assistant, traffic sign recognition, and lane keep assist.

Audi A8 60 TFSI Quattro

The Audi A8 60 TFSI Quattro has a starting price of $96,800. It comes with a 453-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, as well as all of the standard features in the base model.

A few exclusive option packages are available. The Executive Rear Seat package ($7,750) eliminates the second-row middle seat and adds all of the features of the Rear Seat Comfort package. Also included are rear-seat footrests, a heated foot massage function, and folding tray tables.

The following packages and options may require the purchase of other available amenities. The Sport Plus package comes with all-wheel steering, an adaptive suspension, and an upgraded exterior appearance. The Rear Seat Connectivity package has a rear-seat tablet entertainment system, two rear USB ports, a rear household-style power outlet, and a DVD changer. Also available are a full Nappa leather-wrapped interior, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and night vision assistant with pedestrian detection.

Audi S8

The Audi S8 starts at $129,500. It features a 563-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine, an adaptive suspension, all-wheel steering, and a sport rear differential.

It also comes standard with wireless device charging, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, a heated steering wheel, an Alcantara headliner, Valcona leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front sport seats, 22-way power-adjustable front sport seats, and massaging front sport seats.

The S8 is the only model in which you can add ceramic brakes, which cost an additional $9,900.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call

There’s a lot to like about the 2020 Audi A8. It offers tons of features, a smooth ride, and a spacious, comfortable interior. It’s also relatively affordable compared with other super luxury cars. However, if athletic handling, muscular base-engine power, or jaw-dropping interior luxury is what you're after, you'll need to shop around.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "This a very advanced car that simplifies the act of driving, while its lavish cabin shields you from the chaos of your commute. … If there's anything not to like, it might be the car's all-business aesthetics. Rivals have more character—in some cases, a lot more. If you're okay with that, the Audi A8 is a fine choice for an elite luxury sedan." -- Car and Driver
  • "Mercedes-Benz's S-Class is still the gold standard for large luxury, but the A8 L is a solid contender with its different, technology-centered approach." -- CNET (2019)
  • "The A8 provides an engaging driving experience for individuals who value having the ability to control and customize hundreds of features about their car. It's comfortable and has enough gadgets to draw out oohs and ahhs from your friends and family in both the front and rear seats." -- Edmunds (2019)

 

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