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.
2016 Audi A8 OVERVIEW
At least as much as any luxury automaker, Audi emphasizes technology: specifically, its driver-assistance features. For its largest model, the A8, that list includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, active lane assist, night vision assistant (with animal detection), and secondary collision assist. A head-up display shows vehicle speed, navigation, and adaptive cruise control functions.
Imposing in appearance, an Audi A8 approaches the aura of the limousines of old.
What's New for 2016
Biggest news for 2016 is the A8 Sport, which puts Audi’s previous 4.0T into what the German automaker calls a “more athletic” package, featuring new sport-style exterior accents. Up front, revised bumpers hold sport air intakes in the lower section. The rear end gets an updated bumper and diffuser. Sport side sills also are included. Inside, the available Design Selection seating surfaces come in Vermont Brown leather and fine-grain ash wood inlays.
Choosing Your Audi A8
Facelifted for 2015, all A8 sedans are on Audi’s long-wheelbase platform for 2016. Only the high-performance S8 (listed separately) retains the shorter wheelbase. Each Audi A8 sedan has quattro all-wheel drive.
Models are differentiated by engine, and buyers get four choices: a 3-liter V6 (gas or diesel), 4-liter V8, or 6.3-liter W12. All versions have Audi’s Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 19/29 mpg (city/highway) with the gasoline V6, but the diesel 3-liter raises those figures to 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway (28 mpg combined). With the 4-liter V8, mileage dips only slightly, to 18 mpg in city driving.
All you have to do is pick an engine. Few Audi shoppers are likely to opt for a 12-cylinder sedan, and the new A8 Sport emphasizes appearance details. Of the two V6 models, the TDI (diesel) promises effortless cruising, despite its lower horsepower rating, as well as fuel economy that reaches well past any of the other versions.