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MSRP: $75,100 - $135,900
Invoice: $69,844 - $126,388
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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Audi A8 Interior

With its exquisite design and posh materials, reviewers agree that the 2014 Audi A8 has an interior that few cars can match. Some critics note that the A8’s cabin is nearly as nice as those in more expensive cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, while others comment that only brands like Bentley and Rolls-Royce offer interiors that are more lavish.

  • "Leaving aside the maximally opulent offerings from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the A8 might have the nicest cabin in the automotive world. The materials used are uniformly superb, and practically everything you touch has an expensive, precision-engineered feel." -- AutoTrader
  • "Within and without, the A8 embodies deluxe sophistication. The materials in its cabin are top-rate, and evidence of superior craftsmanship abounds." -- Edmunds
  • "Materials quality is nearly on par with the vaunted - and significantly more expensive - Mercedes-Benz S-Class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Our car's interior was trimmed in leather and Alcantara described as Nougat Brown in color, and fit and finish was of flagship quality." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Seating

The 2014 A8 seats five and comes with standard leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. The optional Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats with a massage function, while available features include a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable rear seats with a fixed center console (reducing seating capacity to four), heated rear seats and a reclining rear seat with a power footrest. Most critics love the A8’s comfortable, roomy front seats, though some note that they aren’t as quite comfortable as those found in cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series. A few reviewers also note that rearward visibility could be better from the driver’s seat, but nearly all auto writers appreciate the A8’s spacious back seat, which features a sizeable amount of legroom, particularly in long-wheelbase A8L models.

  • "The A8's front seats are one of the few interior features that don't meet or exceed expectations. They're very comfortable, no doubt about that, but even the optional 22-way chairs don't have wow-factor features such as the S-Class vehicle's active side bolsters, nor can they match the all-around excellence of the 7 Series' multicontour chairs." -- AutoTrader
  • "The upgraded seats found in the Premium package adjust in so many ways that Audi needed to invent a more advanced means of controlling them, and they ultimately ensure that drivers of any size or shape will find an optimal position to motor away countless miles. Rear seat comfort is also noteworthy, especially in the long-wheelbase versions that provide an expansive 43 inches of rear legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Out back, a spacious rear compartment and well-contoured seats provide limo-like comfort for rear passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The backup camera proved fortuitous when a Honda suddenly appeared behind me in a supermarket parking lot. That helps considering the C-pillars are prodigious and this thing has quiet a stern on it." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Audi A8 comes with standard features that include a power trunk lid, a sunroof, push-button start, proximity key, power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a power rear sunshade, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a Bose 14-speaker stereo system, HD Radio, satellite radio, an in-dash DVD player and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. A six-month subscription to Audi Connect is also included, which  provides wireless Internet access. Audi Connect can also be used to get news, traffic and weather updates, and the navigation system can use the Internet connection to display Google Earth views. Options and features available on higher trims include four-zone automatic climate control, rear-side sunshades, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat refrigerator, a rear-seat entertainment system, Audi’s MMI navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

The A8 earns rave reviews for its cutting-edge interior tech, and critics particularly like Audi’s MMI navigation system, which includes a knob that you can use to select audio, navigation and vehicle settings, as well as a touchpad on the center console where you can write out destinations or select audio settings with your finger. The system’s power-retractable 8-inch display also earns praise for its crisp graphics, and some test drivers note that the Google Earth map views show an incredible amount of detail.

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  • "The 8-in power-retracting MMI display screen is a beauty, especially when you call up Google Earth via the navigation system to get a 3D street view of your destination." -- AutoTrader
  • "Audi's optional MMI Touch could easily be considered one of the best human-machine interfaces on the market. To select a navigation destination or summon an alphabetical category in a song collection, simply draw the characters with your finger on the touch pad." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Standard equipment includes Audi's excellent MMI infotainment system with a pop-up, eight-inch display, in-car wireless internet, and Google Maps imagery." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "The 8-inch high-res full-color LCD screen was outstanding, and the navigation in satellite mode was just downright cool. I never knew there was a pool behind my neighbor's privacy fence -- time to make friends!" -- AutoWeek (2013)

Cargo

While reviewers say that the A8’s cabin has ample storage for small items, its 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space is less than what you’ll find in many super luxury cars. If you need more cargo space, consider competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Porsche Panamera, which offer 16.3 and 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively.

  • "The A8's trunk is definitely on the small side at 13.2 cu ft. Fitting in a few golf bags is more difficult than it should be in a large luxury sedan." -- AutoTrader
  • "If there's one complaint that seems to come up more than others, it would be the A8's lack of trunk space. At a paltry 13.2 cubic feet, cargo capacity is far below that of its competitors and not nearly adequate to accommodate luggage for four adults." -- Edmunds
  • "I also note that this is the A8 L, as in long, but all that extra space must be devoted to the back seat because the trunk, though reasonably deep, isn't as big as I expected for a full-size sedan. It's nothing that a roof carrier wouldn't solve on a long trip, but then why not buy a Q7 instead?" -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Above-par interior storage includes large bins and small covered cubbies in the doors, and a deep center-console box beneath twin height-adjustable armrests." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 1/21/14

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