Audi A8 Review
The 2013 Audi A8 ranks 3 out of 8 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 31 published reviews and test drives of the Audi A8, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Reviewers love the 2013 Audi A8’s ultra-posh interior and athletic handling. A new range of engine choices make the A8 an even better performer.
The base 2013 A8 comes with a supercharged V6 engine, which reviewers say is smooth and responsive. Higher trim levels add more powerful turbocharged V8 and W12 engines, and the high-performance Audi S8 offers even more power, as well as a performance-tuned suspension. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The EPA reports that the base A8 gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with fuel economy ratings for the Porsche Panamera and Jaguar XJ. The 2013 A8 comes with an adaptive air suspension, and test drivers agree that it delivers a comfortable, composed ride, as well as surprisingly nimble handling. Some critics write that rivals like the XJ and Panamera offer better performance, while others counter that the 2013 A8 offers better driving dynamics than cars like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
All super luxury cars are known for their opulent, high-quality interiors, but reviewers maintain that the 2013 A8 has one of the nicest cabins in the class. They note that the interior’s solid build quality, as well as its selection of available wood and leather trim, adds to the premium feel. Most auto writers agree that the A8 offers comfortable and supportive front seats, as well as a spacious back seat. Extended-wheelbase A8 L models have even more space with an additional 5 inches of back-seat legroom. While a few test drivers note that the A8 has less trunk space than many cars in the class, others marvel at the A8’s high-tech interior features, which include a navigation system that can display Google Earth views and a Bose stereo system with HD and satellite radio, as well as Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Options and features available on higher trims include a power trunk lid, four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors with a top and corner view camera system and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
- "The BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class mostly place an emphasis on luxury, while the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera have more sporting demeanors. Those looking for a middle ground would do well to try out the 2013 Audi A8." -- Edmunds
- "Compared with the big S-Classes and 7 Series of the world, the A8 feels lithe and more responsive -- less of a limousine and more of a sport sedan. That's to say nothing of the long-wheelbase Audi's huge amount of rear legroom." -- Motor Trend
- "Audi's approach to luxury and performance takes a decidedly subtle route, choosing to impress with substance and style rather than flash and shameless self-promotion. Nowhere is this philosophy more evident than in the 2013 Audi A8, a luxury sedan of impeccable tailoring and sophistication but with a low-key attitude." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "At $110,000, the S8 will never be everyman's German performance sedan. But this understated brute is certainly one of the quickest-and one of the best." -- Popular Mechanics (Audi S8)
Other Cars to Consider
The Porsche Panamera doesn’t come standard with all-wheel drive, but reviewers say that it’s one of the best-handling super luxury cars on the market. Additionally, the Panamera offers a spacious, opulent interior and a range of powerful engine options.
The BMW 740i starts at about the same price as the A8, and it’s also available in regular and long-wheelbase body styles. Although it doesn’t come with standard all-wheel drive, the 740i gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class.
Details: 2013 Audi A8
The 2013 Audi A8 seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive come standard. The A8 comes in regular and extended-wheelbase (L) body styles, which make up a total of five trim levels: 3.0T, L 3.0T, 4.0T, L 4.0T and L W12. Each trim level adds to the list of interior features, or includes a more powerful engine. For 2013, the A8 gets a new base engine, as well as a new 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 on 4.0T and L 4.0T trims. Audi has also reintroduced the high-performance Audi S8 for the 2013 model year. Aside from these additions, the Audi A8 is basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.