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AUDI A8 Saloon 2007‑2013
7 owner reviews for AUDI A8 Saloon 2007‑2013
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AUDI A8 6.0 Quattro LWB 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 20th March '13)
In my garage, I have several cars: The Range Rover Supercharged, BMW M3, and the Audi A8L W12. I use it everyday to go work, and what a nice car! It's comfortable, the W12 is smooth, and people will look at you all over the way. At the weekend, I usually use the M3 for track day, but then I watched the transporter. The character, Frank Martin, drives an A8. Since then, I started to drive it on my own. I always use this car to drive from my house in Surrey to my family's estate in Wales. Th running costs were a bit expensive, though, and it is not really good in miles per gallon (10-14, the record is 16).
TICKS MOST OF THE BOXES
AUDI A8 3.0 TDI Quattro SE Executive 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 10th February '13)
after digging my way up a snow covered drive for the umpteenth time decide to change my xf for a 4wd saloon .
finding an executive saloon car thats an auto diesel with 4wd restricts your options but the A8 quattro ticks nearly all the boxes .
Beautifully put together ,powerfull yet reasonably fuel efficient engine 32 mpg around town up to 40 on a run .
Expensive to buy new but i bought mine x demo 3 months old with 3k mlies from an Audi main dealer for £35k thats nearly half its new price.
its large and even the standard wheelbase has loads of room for a six foot driver and longlegged rear passengers , air suspension irons out holes in the road . now a year old but still no rattles ,and totally reliable.
My wife wont drive it as she says its too big so im'e on coke when we go to the pub but thats really the only downside to owning the car.
Alloy wheels stick out from tyres and are prone to kerbing even with new winter tyres fitted , boot not the largest in its class due i am told to electronics situated behind rear seat but you can still get 2 sets of golf clubs and trolleys in.
Voice activated sat nav the best i have ever used as is the bluetooth phone connection but a single cd player is disapointing, ,Cabin quality Excellent seats comfortable and heated which are great if you suffer from a bad back.
Its no slouch even with the standard 3 litre diesel, power is adequate and slip into sport and your glad you've got drive to all four wheels.
Audi servicing costs are expensive with an interim oil and filter change quoted at £260 , even with 6.5 litres of Audi spec oil my local garage did the change for £83 inc vat.
Its not the best looking car on the road although i get lots of people admire it, and when i turn up at clients homes it doesnt give the Merc /Bmw im'e doing well and your going to pay for it appearance, dark colours look the best but its a full time job to keep it looking clean.
If you want AWD capability in a luxury car but dont want a large offroader then an Audi A8 quattro ticks most of the boxes.
AUDI A8 4.2 TDI Quattro SE Executive 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 22nd April '12)
I bough the latest style 2010 A8 from an Audi main dealer. I have had two Series 7s and a Merc CLS, 535d and a few other prestigious motors. I took the 3litre A8 out for a test drive and was really impressed; decided that I would buy one. Then I tried a 4.2 TDi A8 Exec and was 'blown away!'
Acceleration at 5.5secs 0-60 with no real effort! This made my BMW look and feel 'pedestrian!' The variable ride/suspension pack is superb, and the handling, with 4 wheel drive, is both dynamic and reassuring. Being an Audi, the quality and finish is top notch. A Bose sound system, TV and DVD player ideal for those times when you don't want to accompany the family in the shops, and so many other, practical gadgets make this a pleasure.
However, the drive is fantastic! It will match anything on the road, with'boy racers' wondering why they bother.
It is a fairly long vehicle (and mine is the short wheel base), but the reversing aid/ on-board reversing camera makes manoeuvring easy, along with good steering and visibility (unlike my Merc CLS)
It's not a cheap car, and there will be the cost of servicing and new tyres etc. However, for a sportscar performance it's money well spent! With a 36 mpg for general driving, I'm more than happy.
My only regret? I should have bought one earlier, but believed that nothing could better the BMW marque. How wrong can you be!!
Beats my S Class
AUDI A8 4.2 TDI Quattro SE Executive 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 29th December '11)
Just sold my S500 and still drive a late reg Bentley and Range Rover, so the Audi really needed to deliver - and it does!
Its cheap to insure around £500, tax is cheap just over £200 and servicing cost £300 using Audi care package.
Toys are fabulous, Google search, LED headlights that talk to the 3D sat nav to predict the road ahead, stunning B&O stereo, touch pad, great economy - and best of all, it doesn't shout MONEY. Important for business use right now :-(
Audi A8 - amazing luxury/value
AUDI A8 3.0 TDI Quattro SE 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 30th June '11)
2010 A8 (D4- New Shape) - Unassuming, but powerful, luxury
AUDI A8 4.2 TDI Quattro SE 4dr Tip Auto (Review date: 28th April '11)
Buying a car this big was quite a step for me. I'm "only" 37years old you see, and cars like this, in my mind, are for the older driver who has pretty much given up on performance and handling, but a back injury has forced me into something softer.
So, please keep in mind that my last cars have been sporty and engaging (Porsches, Evo's etc), I will write this assuming you're the same kind of guy/girl as me who likes to drive a car rather than sit in and go places.
Engine. The new 4.2V8 is pretty impressive, and shifts the car along with alarming pace with what seems like no effort. Moving 2000kgs+ of Aluminium, rubber, leather and wood from 0-62 in 5.5s is no mean feat but you never feel like you're challenging the engine. I guess this is why "diesel heads" go on about torque so much...
Drivetrain. The gearbox is virtually imperceptible, 8 speed with super fast changes (which can be either "Dynamic or Comfort") coupled with the Sports diff (think active diff, like an Evo) and Quattro make the car feel balanced and agile. In Comfort mode it will understeer slightly, nothing dramatic, but enough to remind you that you may be pushing it a bit for "wafting". Change to Dynamic and you get proper grin making cornering, tight, sharp and nippy!
Interior - It’s an Audi, what more to say. Solid, silent, intelligent and ergonomic.
Technology - Awesome (but £££!), easy to use (Online Google search is just brilliant!!). The new touch pad is a damp squib mind you, unless you’re left handed it’s tough to use, but the excellent voice system makes up for this, I’ve not shouted at it once!!
Running costs - It’s not bad. Tyres appear to be a bit pricey (~£300 ea), mpg is good (35ish in mixed mode, 40+ on a run), tax is only £245/yr and the service pack & warranty takes any concern you may have about big bills for now. Be warned tho, remember this is a luxury car, insurance is steep, and when the bills do come, they will be big. Don’t buy on a budget.
Image - Well, most people hate you in an Audi anyway so there’s not much to be had there, BUT the A8 is very subtle, it doesn’t yell “LOOK AT MY CASH” the way an S-Class does it’s not a “real 4x4” & there’s no “county” image of the Range Rover ilk.
Suits me anyway