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2021 Audi A8

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2021 L 55 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro LWB Sedan
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Price:   -  From $86,500
2021 e 60 L 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro LWB Sedan Price:   -  From $95,900
2021 L 60 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro LWB Sedan Price:   -  From $98,900


What's New

There are improved specifications across the 2021 Audi A8 range. It now comes standard with 22-way power front seats with ventilation, a surround-view camera system, and a wireless charging pad.

Choosing Your Audi A8

Unusually for Audi, there’s a choice of three trim levels, but that's not the case here. The Audi A8 is available in a single trim: A8 L. Pricing starts at $87,545 including destination.

Engine Choices

The A8 is available with three distinct powertrain options. Standard is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 Audi calls 55 TFSI. In the middle is a plug-in hybrid variant called 60 TFSIe that adds an electric motor to the same V6, an upgrade that costs $9,400. Spend $12,400 to move up to the 60 TFSI, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Turbo V6335 hp369 lb-ft21 mpg
3.0L Turbo V6 Plug-In Hybrid443 hp516 lb-ft23 mpg
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8453 hp487 lb-ft18 mpg

Every model uses an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic controls, feeding power to all four wheels.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The A8 offers seating for five passengers and 12.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The inclusion of hybrid technology drops cargo capacity to 10.4 cubic feet for models so equipped.

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Safety Features

The A8 is a big and heavy car, but an adaptive air suspension and quattro all-wheel drive help to keep its bulk in check. Standard active safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

Disappointingly, features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are only available in the $5,000 Executive Plus Package.


A 10.1-inch infotainment display dominates the A8’s dash, while Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit displays the standard navigation system. Smartphone compatibility includes wireless charging and signal boosting technology, while a music interface includes front USB outlets and a Bang and Olufsen 3D sound system.

However, you’ll need to raid the options list to benefit from the most powerful Bang and Olufsen sound system, which costs $5,900 and pumps out over 1,900 watts through 23 speakers. A head-up display is included in the aforementioned Executive Plus Package.

Audi A8

A8 L - From $87,545

Every A8 oozes quality inside, from the walnut wooden inlays to the use of leather across the gearshift, center console, and armrest. A power panoramic sunroof illuminates the cabin, while four-zone climate keeps everything cool; the front seats are heated and ventilated with four-way power lumbar. Other creature comforts include power rear and side sunshades ahead of heat-insulating side and rear windows, a power trunk lid, and Valetta leather upholstery.

It's possible to personalize your A8 with packages, and the most comprehensive is the $5,000 Executive Plus Package. This includes the head-up display, extra active safety features, front seat massage functionality, a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, and much more.

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If your budget will stretch, the Executive Plus Package adds some vital safety features to the 2021 Audi A8, while upping the luxury stakes significantly. You’d have to cover a lot of miles to recoup the $9,400 premium of the plug-in hybrid model, making the standard engine our pick of the range.

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  • Comfortable
  • Quick
  • Laden with tech
  • Pricey
  • Small trunk
  • Too-subtle styling
Expert Rating
3.6 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

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

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Worthy flagship. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class might dominate among luxury full-size sedans, but that doesn't mean the other players in this esteemed field are any less worthy of consideration. Take the 2021 Audi A8, for instance.

This is the biggest, baddest Audi on the market, a technological tour de force that makes lesser cars look as sophisticated as a Little Tikes ride. It might not enjoy the cachet of the storied S-Class, but make no mistake: the Audi A8 is every bit a luxury flagship.

Luxury exemplified. Audi defines luxury a little differently than its competitors. Mercedes is all about glitz; BMW is stoic and businesslike; Audi bridges the two with a sleek elegance that's understated yet immediately perceptible. In the A8, this means a dearth of chrome and wood but lots of screens, high-gloss surfaces, and subtle color palettes.

All of it helps conjure a sort of 22nd-century atmosphere, with luxury and technology one and the same. Tying it all together are top-shelf materials that swath every surface and build quality that's so consistently excellent it looks like a NASA team screwed everything together.

It should be no surprise that such an environment is an amenable place to spend time in. Front seats have at least 22-way adjustability and are swathed in leather. Heated and cooled front seats are standard, while massaging thrones are optional. The cavernous backseat has 44 inches of leg room.

With the optional Executive Package, the rear seat of the A8 can be brought up to private jet levels of indulgence. The package buys power-adjustable outboard seats with heat, cooling, and massaging functions, and also includes heated arm rests, a rear console, and remote control functions for the radio and climate system.

Not quite so luxurious? The mere 12.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. Despite its prodigious size, the A8 can hardly stow more luggage than the average compact sedan.

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Performance pedigree. A variety of powertrains are available with the A8. All of these are eminently capable at shuttling this big sedan with hushed authority.

Base models get a turbocharged V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. As with all the other powertrains, an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive goes along with this combo. 0-60 mph happens in 5.6 seconds, making this the slowest A8 available.

The other option currently available is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This engine makes a full 453 hp, which is good enough to slash the 0-60 mph time down to 4.5 seconds. It's not only concerned with speed, though; its 48-volt starter/generator system qualifies it as a mild hybrid. The setup improves the automatic start/stop operation for better gas mileage.

For even more power, there's the new S8, which is due out later in the model year. It too uses the 4.0-liter V-8, but bumps output to 563 horsepower. Along with the additional power comes goodies like an active rear differential, rear steering, and summer performance tires.

The hybrid is another latecomer to the party. Once it arrives to showrooms, shoppers will find a 14.1-kWh battery paired to the base turbo V6. Together, combined output is 443 hp. Though the hybrid is no lightweight, the additional weight of the battery doesn't totally negate the additional power, letting 0-60 mph occur in under five seconds.

Whatever engine is under the hood has no bearing on the ride quality. All models ride soft, smooth, and quiet. A standard air suspension soaks up any and all bumps, while various tech helps keep the car in check on the corners. The default suspension setting is a bit too soft for our tastes, but twist the knob toward the sportier settings and things firm up just right.

Abundant technology. Audi has posited itself as a tech-forward brand, and the available predictive suspension might best reflect this ethos. Rather than simply react to bumps and jolts, this suspension uses radar, cameras, and GPS to scan the road ahead and prepare for what's coming. The result is an even smoother ride that never gets flustered.

The predictive suspension also plays a minor safety role; it can detect if a side-impact collision is about to occur and raise the car up to 3.1 inches on that side. Other optional safety tech include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a system that can inform occupants when it isn't safe to open their doors. Standard safety equipment is the usual medley of automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and parking sensors.

Inside, a trio of screens inform the driver and passengers of nearly all pertinent information. The driver looks down at a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that offers customizable menus and can even display high-definition Google Earth imagery (for a monthly fee). The center stack has both a 10.1-inch screen as well as a smaller 8.6-inch screen; the former handles infotainment, the latter a standard four-zone climate control system and other vehicle functions.

This Audi infotainment software is one of the finer systems on the market. It's easy to use, a cinch to learn, and renders both icons and images in sharp, clear graphics. The dual screens aren't confusing once the nature of the system is understood, as controls are intuitively divided between the two screens.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Audi A8 plays in what's one of the highest echelons of motoring. To compete here takes more than style and fluff; it demands extreme competency and excellent execution.

After some seat time, we can report with authority that the A8 is no poser. With abundant tech, compelling powertrains, and indulgent comfort, this big Audi deserves its place alongside the best of this segment.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 335 HP / 369 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 26 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 335 HP / 369 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 26 / 21 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
208.7 "
Exterior Width
76.6 "
Exterior Height
58.6 "
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
4,773 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
21.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Valetta Leather / Valcona Leather
Front Seat Type
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 / Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
17 Bang & Olufsen / 23 Bang & Olufsen 3d Advanced
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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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 / Audi Pre Sense Basic And Front Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Audi Active Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Audi Pre Sense City Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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