2018 Audi A8 review: an executive decision

Introduction

Flagship luxury limos are something of a status symbol for manufacturers. Just five brands actually make such models with each serving as the ultimate example of what each nameplate is capable of. Audi’s latest A8 is one of the most technologically advanced cars to grace asphalt, but it will take more than tech to take on other red carpet favourites such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

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Did you know? The Audi A8 was introduced in 1994 as a replacement for the Audi V8.

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Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 9.0 / 10

The A8 is a clear statement from Audi that it doesn’t want to settle for second best. It’s a well executed car with strong attention to detail and technology that begins to turn science fiction into science fact. The quattro all-wheel drive setup also means that no matter the weather, you’re going to get to the ball in time.

The BMW 7 Series is a better steer than the Audi and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class a bit more cosseting, but it could be argued that the A8 is the best all-rounder of the trio.

With level three autonomy and up to 43 driver assist systems, the Audi A8 is one of the most technologically advanced cars in the world.

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