Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Audi A8 OVERVIEW
The Audi A8 was the first car in North America with an all-aluminum body. Audi utilizes a high-strength aluminum frame structure into which the panels are integrated so that they also perform a load-bearing function. The aluminum body is characterized by exceptional stiffness and substantially lower weight for better performance, efficiency and handling.
The full-size luxury marketplace is filled with wonderful choices for the consumer—and Audi brings a lot to the table with the unique A8.
What's New for 2014
The ever expanding A8 lineup grows even more for 2014 with the addition of the A8 L and its clean diesel stable mate the A8 L TDI. There are also several new option packages across the line as well as the addition of some new color choices.
Choosing Your Audi A8
Audi’s flagship A8 sedan lineup for 2014 offers four variants: 3.0T, 4.0T, 3.0 TDI and W12. It's available with normal and long wheelbases that add to rear-seat legroom.
All A8 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. Like most vehicles in this large luxury class, the A8 offers an impressive array of standard features. Adaptive xenon headlights that swivel in conjunction with the steering wheel are standard along with adaptive air suspension, 12-way adjustable front seats, a navigation system with an 8-inch pop-up display, Bose audio system, and Audi Connect which includes web-based applications, services and 3G Wi-Fi.
There's also an extensive list of options, some of which are quite unique. They include night vision, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a solar sunroof that provides power for the ventilation system when the vehicle is parked, and a rear seat entertainment system comprised of a DVD player and two 10-inch LCD screens. The Premium Package contains full LED headlights and 22-way adjustable front seats complete with a five-stage massage function.