The third-generation Audi A8 is a full-size luxury saloon which offers striking looks, outstanding performance and a sublimely cosseting interior. As the Audi flagship model, the A8 also boasts the finest driver-convenience technology, from four-zone climate control to ambient cabin lighting.
A large and spacious car requires the highest standard of engineering to meet the demands of discerning drivers, and the range of one petrol and five diesel engines are more than equal to this task. The most powerful of the range, the 4.2-litre TDI delivers 350PS of power and 0-100km/h acceleration in five seconds. The eight-speed tiptronic transmission ensures a smooth power delivery, giving the driver a huge spread of gear ratios even as it reduces fuel consumption; despite its power, even the 4.2-litre TDI returns 38.2mpg.
Inside the A8, sumptuous luxury is the norm, even on standard editions. Driver and passenger seats are electrically adjustable, heated and come with a memory function enabling occupants to attain the ideal seating position at the touch of a button. There is a long list of optional extras to choose from, making the interior intensely customisable. Seats, for example, come in a choice of Valcona, Valonea, or Natural leather.
The most advanced active safety measures, such as a night vision camera with Pedestrian Recognition, help keep occupants safe though they are also well-protected by two-stage airbags, active space restraints and the ultra-strong aluminium spaceframe.