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2017 Audi A8

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2017 L 3.0T 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro LWB Sedan
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Overview

Audi's flagship sedan, the A8 continues to impress us with its museum-quality interior and array of powerful engines. You also get indulgent passenger room and standard all-wheel drive, which makes the A8 something of bargain among top-tier luxury sedans.

What's New for 2017

Models equipped with the gasoline V6 now come standard with 20-inch wheels and sporty S-line exterior trim.

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Choosing Your Audi A8

Audi discontinued the regular-length A8 last year, so every example now rides on a 122.9-inch wheelbase for outstanding rear-seat comfort. While all Audi products boast highly refined interiors, none is as opulent or serene as the A8's. Once you settle behind the wheel, there's no doubt you're driving the flagship of a luxury brand.

  • The engine roster starts with a supercharged 3-liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower.
  • Next up is a 3-liter turbodiesel V6 (TDI) with 240 horsepower, but significantly more torque. It's the efficiency champ of the line, achieving 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
  • Also on tap is a turbocharged 4-liter V8 that lays down 435 horsepower.
  • The top choice is a 500-horsepower 6.3-liter V12, the only non-turbo engine in the line.

All four engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Trim levels correspond to engine choice:

Audi A8

3.0T

Gets the 3-liter V6 engine, an adaptive air suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a full complement of luxury and convenience features. All models come with an extended leather interior with wood trim, 14-way heated front seat with memory, a sunroof, power soft-close doors, power rear sunshades, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, front collision mitigation, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system. Audi now offers a full credit on the available Premium package, Cold Weather package, and panoramic sunroof. Although these items are technically optional, you pay nothing for them. The packages include ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, surround-view cameras, rear collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, and a head-up display. Beyond all of that are several extra-cost packages. The Luxury package furnishes upgraded diamond-stitched seats and an Alcantara (suede-like) headliner. Power ventilated rear seats come in the Rear Seat Comfort package. For enhanced handling, there's a Dynamic package with a sport differential and variable-ratio steering. Finally, the Driver Assistance package gets you adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a bundle of extra collision-mitigation features known as Pre-Sense Plus.
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3.0TDI

Equipped like the 3.0T, except with the turbodiesel V6 engine and standard 19-inch wheels.
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4.0T

Comes with the 4-liter V8 engine, plus the panoramic sunroof and Premium content as standard. The Cold Weather package remains available as a no-cost option. All other packages continue.
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W12

Packs the 6.3-liter V12, along with additional chrome exterior trim and a full-length center console. Everything available on the other trims is either standard or available at no cost. Exclusive to the W12 is a standard rear video entertainment system with a six-disc changer. The available Executive package adds a power rear footrest and a refrigerated compartment.

Individual options for all models include night vision, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and your choice of interior trim finishes.

CarsDirect Tip

All four of the A8's available engine are impressive in their own way. If you value efficiency over performance, the TDI is your ticket to happiness in a large luxury sedan. Otherwise, the powerful and well-mannered 4.0T feels about right for a car of this caliber.

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Flagship luxury sedans sell in small numbers and are easily outpaced by mainstay midsize sedans and crossovers. Yet, these opulent models remain important to each manufacturer as they set the tone for the remainder of the product line.

The Audi A8 is one such full-size luxury sedan, battling with Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, BMW, and Lexus to serve a very discriminating market. Audi offers only the long-wheelbase version in the US market, thus this model is officially known as the Audi A8 L. Although available as an all-wheel drive model only, Audi’s largest sedan weighs less than the competition thanks to an all-aluminum body and frame.

Pricing and Equipment

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Two trims are available in the 2017 Audi A8 L: 3.0 TFSI and 4.0 TFSI Sport. A high-performance variant, dubbed S8 plus, is marketed separately.

The standard model is powered by a 3-liter supercharged V6 engine making 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This model has a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds and gets an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The upper trim is powered by a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine making 450 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque. This model has a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and gets an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The two 2017 Audi A8 L trims are priced as follows: 3.0 TFSI ($82,500) and 4.0 TFSI Sport ($91,500).

Various packages and options are available, depending on the trim. For instance, the standard model offers an Executive package ($6,900) featuring a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats with massage function, heated rear seats, a head-up display, and multiple driver assist safety upgrades.

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A Luxury package ($2,800) brings in upgraded leather seating and an Alcantara headliner. Other packages include Rear Seat Comfort ($2,500), Driver Assistance ($2,250), and Dynamic ($2,500), the latter bringing in a sport differential and dynamic steering. Black Optic and 21-inch wheel packages add $1,000 and $1,200, respectively.

The top trim level has its own packages, including Balao Brown and Vermont Brown interior design collections, $5,900 each. The Rear Seat Comfort ($2,500), Driver Assistance ($2,250), Dynamic ($2,500), and wheel packages ($1,000-$1,200) remain available.

Individual options include a Bang & Olufsen sound system ($6,300), night vision ($2,300), and a rear-seat entertainment system ($3,000).

Package prices may vary according to trim and are subject to change. Vehicle prices do not reflect a $950 destination charge.

Performance Pros

Audi A8
  • The supercharged V6 may be the only engine you need. It offers sufficient kick when you need it and does so without the added cost of the twin-turbo V8.
  • For customers wanting optimum performance, it's hard to overlook the beefy V8. The sedan’s performance rivals that of sport coupes, and yet it achieves above average-highway fuel economy.

Performance Cons

  • Due to emissions concerns, the efficient turbodiesel engine is no longer offered. No fix has been devised yet, so the two gasoline engines as your only choices this year.

Interior Pros

Audi A8
  • The front seats are nothing short of magnificent, offering outstanding comfort supplemented by up to 22 ways to adjust the seats.
  • Opt for the available Bang & Olufsen audio package and enjoy symphony hall-like quality. It also does an admirable job of offsetting tire noise.
  • The available two-panel panoramic sunroof brightens the interior and makes it seem even larger than it already is. Importantly, the sunroof has no adverse effect on headroom.

Interior Cons

  • The Audi’s trunk measures 13.2 cubic feet, and that’s smaller than the midsize A6's. On the plus side, its long lid provides a wide opening for ease of access.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The rear seat compartment offers excellent room thanks to the extended wheelbase. The prize, however, is found in the adjustable seats, including the right-side position with a foot rest. Sit on the left side and you’ll enjoy both recline and massage functions.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The standard or short wheelbase version of the Audi A8 is no longer available. Audi’s chief competitors offer standard and extended choices, but Audi customers are now limited to the longer offering only.

The Bottom Line

As flagships go, the Audi A8 L holds the brand banner high. If you opt for the top trim as well as each of the many package choices offered, your final price will top $115,000. While price isn't a major concern for buyers shopping in this league, significant savings can be achieved by sticking with the standard supercharged V6 engine and completing your sedan from there.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 333 HP / 325 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 333 HP / 325 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
21.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$83
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
122 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
207.4 "
Exterior Width
76.7 "
Exterior Height
57.9 "
Front Headroom
37.2 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
42.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,464 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
20.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center / Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench / Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
14 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Audi Pre Sense Basic Forward Collision Warning / Audi Pre Sense Plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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