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2019 Audi A8

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2019 L 55 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro LWB Sedan
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Overview

At the very top of the sedan food chain are the rare few who define the industry. These are the cars from which features will eventually trickle down: futuristic additions make their debut in the most luxurious sedans on the market. Among this exclusive number is the 2019 Audi A8, which brings a host of new technology for a ground-up redesign. It sets a bright new benchmark for autonomy, safety, and sophistication.

What's New for 2019

The Audi A8 is all-new for 2019.

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Choosing Your Audi A8

Audi A8

At launch, the 2019 A8 will arrive in a single engine and trim level, starting at $84,795 (including the $995 destination charge). The heart is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine producing 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The engine is assisted by what Audi calls a "mild" hybrid system, which adds a small electric boost to smooth out power delivery, aid efficiency, and power the A8's many gadgets. A V8 engine will be available in the summer of 2019.

All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy hasn't been released yet, but expect it to at least match the previous generation's 19 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 22 combined.

Front and center in the cockpit are two stacked touchscreens. The upper screen, measuring 10.3 inches, controls traditional infotainment functions. The lower 8.6-inch screen controls HVAC and seating settings and allows considerable customization. The sole remaining knob is the one for volume. Audi prides itself on its technology integration, which means that smartphone connectivity and control are more complete than ever.

The rest of the car doesn't lose out on luxury either. Leather surfaces are standard, as are powered soft-closing doors, power sunshades, wood and aluminum inlays, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, four-zone climate control, and neat motorized vent shutters. Equally impressive is the safety technology, which begins with Audi's usual suite of active features and runs up to near autonomy.

To get most of it, though, buyers need to dive into the package selections. Take a deep breath here, because what the A8 lacks in trims it makes up for in feature bundles.

The packages start off simple with the Cold Weather Package ($800), which heats up the rear seats, the front dash surfaces, and the steering wheel, and adds adaptive wipers for good measure. The Executive Package ($4,150) is where the fun begins, adding a phone box, top-view camera, surround-view parking system, head-up display, rear cross-traffic alert, and a new safety feature that warns you before opening your door if a bike is approaching. Acoustic glass, ventilated massaging 22-way front seats, and a heated steering wheel round out the package.

Audi A8

For a more plush interior, the Luxury Package ($4,250) includes ambient lighting, even more leather-covered surfaces, Valcona leather, Alcantara headliner, aluminum buttons, an air ionizer, and an in-car fragrance system. Alternatively, the Full Leather Package ($4,500) covers every conceivable surface in cow skin with decorative stitching. For the exterior, packages include either a Lighting Package ($3,400), which upgrades the LED head- and taillights, or 20-inch spoke alloy rims with all-season tires ($1,200).

For passengers who like to conduct their business in the rear, kingly levels of luxury are available. The Executive Rear Seat Comfort Package ($7,550) adds heated rear seats, a full-length rear console with folding tables, ventilated massage rear seats, a smart rear touchscreen remote control, matrix LED reading lights, rear footrests, and a passenger-side seat with a foot-massager tucked into the back of the front seat. The Rear Seat Comfort Package ($3,500) picks a few of those features while still allowing seating for five, adding just the upgraded seats, the reading lights, and the remote control.

For the tech-focused passenger, the Rear Seat Connectivity Package ($3,250) includes a dual tablet entertainment system, a rear DVD changer, rear USB music interface, and a power outlet. The Driver Assistance Package ($2,750) adds the rest of Audi's driving and safety technology, including adaptive cruise control with autonomous features, active lane assist, traffic sign recognition, and an intersection accident prevention system.

The final new safety feature is a standalone option, a night-vision and pedestrian detection system for $2,300. Other notable options include a four-service bundle of Audi Care ($1,179) and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with a staggering 23 speakers ($5,900). Alcantara or cloth headliner are no-cost options.

CarsDirect Tip

The new 2019 Audi A8 can be optioned up to a palace on wheels, but the price will soar well north of $100,000. If it were us, we'd stick to getting the best of the technology in the Executive and Driver Assistance Packages.

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Audi debuted the 2019 A8 in July, showing off its upcoming Level 3 automated driving technology and 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. Despite all these technological upgrades, Audi is still Audi, and it kept the stylistic changes in this new-generation mild. Can the A8’s tech upgrades push buyers to look beyond the mild styling changes in the new generation? Continue reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Audi A8 won't feature traditional trim levels like many vehicles. Instead, it will come as a single trim with an array of packages and standalone options to spruce things up. The base Audi A8 L 3.0 TSFI will come loaded with tons of luxury and tech items, including heated 18-way power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a Valetta leather interior with Fine Nappa extended leather, gloss-black touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback, dual display screens, myAudi app, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 19-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, and LED headlights and taillights.

The big news on the 2019 A8 is the new Level 3 automated driving, so you’ll want to maximize this new tech with the $2,750 Driver Assistance Package, which also requires the $4,150 Executive Package.

  • Model: 2019 Audi A8 L 3.0 TSFI
  • Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged V6
  • Output: 335 hp / 369 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: Not yet available
  • Options: Driver Assistance Package ($2,750, adaptive cruise control, predictive efficiency assist, intersection assist, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist), Executive Package ($4,150, Audi side assist with exit warning and rear cross-traffic alert, collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Audi phone box, topview camera, park assist with surround-view camera, a head-up display, 22-way front seat adjustment, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated steering wheel)
  • Base Price: $84,795 (including a $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$91,695

Performance

Audi A8

The 2019 Audi A8’s Level 3 autonomous driving system allows the driver to let the car drive itself at speeds of up to 37 mph, leading to less stressful commutes. When you're in control, the A8’s 335-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 delivers enough power to launch this big sedan to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds and up to a 130 mph top speed.

Comfort and handling are also front and center on the 2019 A8 – its standard adaptive air suspension system that adjusts to road conditions every 18 seconds is evidence of this focus.

On the downside, though, local laws limit where you can legally use the Level 3 automated driving features. Plus, the optional V8 engine won’t be available until later in production, and there are no plans for a W12 engine.

Style

Audi did a great job reworking the interior, eliminating virtually all the buttons that cluttered things up and replacing them with touch-sensitive buttons. There are also premium materials slathered all over the 2019 A8’s cabin, enveloping you and your passengers in luxury. While those touch-sensitive buttons clean up the clutter, some vehicles have failed in making them easy to use, making them more of a distraction than anything. The jury is still out on Audi’s execution of these buttons.

Thanks to its long wheelbase, leg room is plentiful at 41.5 inches up front and a whopping 44.3 inches in the rear. For such a large sedan, trunk space is limited at just 12.5 cubic feet, and you cannot lower the rear seats for additional room. Also, while most Audi buyers are used to the lack of stylistic changes, new buyers to the brand may not appreciate the mild styling evolution the 2019 A8 went through.

The Best and Worst Things

The upcoming Level 3 autonomous driving functions are huge and can revolutionize the industry and the daily commute.

The 12.5-cubic-foot trunk is a head-scratcher as there are compact sedans with significantly more luggage capacity.

Right For? Wrong For?

Audi A8

The 2019 Audi A8 is perfect for the professional who often shuttles around business associates. With its large rear seats, it's also great for those who frequently use a professional driver and spend most of their time in the rear seats.

Despite its size, Audi didn’t tune the 2018 A8 for families due to its tight trunk that'll struggle to hold sports equipment or the entire family's luggage for a weekend trip.

The Bottom Line

Audi isn't one for significant visual changes, but for what the 2019 Audi A8 lacks in visual upgrades, it gains in tech updates. This modern technical marvel is a glimpse into the future of driving and will serve as a great real-life tester for future automated driving advancements in the mass market. The problem is the A8 is a huge, expensive luxury car with limited family-friendly capabilities, so its target market will be limited to just businesspeople looking for a posh sedan.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 335 HP / 368 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 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 335 HP / 368 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 27 / 23 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
12.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
208.7 "
Exterior Width
76.6 "
Exterior Height
58.5 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
44.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,751 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
21.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5 / 4
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
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 With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
17 Bang & Olufsen
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 And Front Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Warning / Intersection Assistant W/turn Assist Forward Collision Mitigation W/cross Traffic
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Audi Pre Sense City Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High-beam Assist 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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