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2014 Audi A8

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2014 Audi A8 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

Despite the fact that BMW and Mercedes-Benz have enjoyed a considerable head start in the field of large luxury sedans, the Audi A8 has proven it’s a fast learner. When it comes to feature content, performance and prestige, the A8 holds its own against long-refined rivals like the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS. The 2014 Audi A8 receives a number of enhancements to keep pace with its posh competition, including a new diesel-powered TDI model that returns best-in-class fuel economy. Buyers may also choose between a standard wheelbase and long-wheelbase “L” versions, with the latter boasting an additional five inches of legroom. As for blending the highest levels of luxury and performance, you’d be hard pressed to do better than the 520-horsepower Audi S8.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2014 Audi A8 impresses with substance and style rather than glitz and glamour, making it the ideal pick for those who seek a sophisticated flagship sedan without the pretentious image.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the A8 is certainly no slouch around corners, drivers looking for the most visceral driving experience in the category should explore the physics-defying BMW 7-Series. And if your idea of a flagship luxury sedan is dictated by unrestrained opulence, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (available late 2013) might be the better option.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 A8 L is the latest addition to the ever expanding A8 lineup. Achieving an impressive EPA-estimated 24/36 city/highway rating, the A8 L TDI ushers in a new era of fuel efficiency to the full-size luxury segment. There are also several new option packages across the line.

Driving the A8
Driving Impressions

The Audi A8 offers a fine balance between a luxury cruiser and sports sedan. This dual personality is owed in large part to the adaptive air suspension, which delivers the...

... best of both worlds in terms of ride quality. With the push of a button, drivers can choose from a sofa-soft “Comfort” mode, performance-tuned “Dynamic” setting, or an “Automatic” mode that, as you may have guessed, automatically alters suspension damping to suit current driving conditions. The quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system must be lauded for giving the 2014 A8 a level of roadholding feel unmatched by its competition. Now available in a variety of Audi models, the new 3.0-liter turbodiesel signals a bright future for oil-burners, delivering a mountain of instant torque without the familiar agricultural noises at low engine speeds and idle.

TDI CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE
The A8 L TDI’s turbodiesel powerplant packs hybrid-like fuel economy in a powerful yet user-friendly package. As a bonus, diesel engines have a longer life expectancy than traditional gasoline engines.

MMI TOUCH
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.

2014 Audi A8 Details
Interior

The A8’s cabin has the expected upscale atmosphere. Climate controls are logically placed on the center stack, and the MMI (multi-media interface) controller is surprisingly easy to use. Materials quality is nearly on par with the vaunted – and significantly more expensive – Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Out back, a spacious rear compartment and well-contoured seats provide limo-like comfort for rear passengers. To top things off, every button and knob offers some operational resistance, which is a telltale sign of impeccable attention to detail.

Exterior
2014 Audi A8 photo

There's no mistaking the distinctive LED strip underneath the headlights of any new Audi model, and the A8 is no exception. Both the A8 and S8 feature Audi’s signature – albeit oversized – trapezoidal grille, which occupies the majority of front-end real estate. The performance-oriented S8 is differentiated by twin-tip exhaust outlets and a bright silver-finished rear diffuser, front lip spoiler and mirrors. To reduce emissions and nitrous oxide levels, the 2014 A8 L TDI features an easily accessible diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank just beneath the trunk compartment.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like most vehicles in this prestigious price range, the 2014 Audi A8 offers an impressive roster of standard features. Chief among them are adaptive xenon headlights that swivel in conjunction with the steering wheel, adaptive air suspension, 12-way adjustable front seats, a navigation system with an 8-inch pop-up display, a Bose audio system, and Audi Connect (Web-based applications, services and 3G Wi-Fi). When it comes to safety, the A8 L TDI offers ten airbags including rear seat side airbags, Quattro all-wheel-drive paired with a sea of electronic stability aids, and active front head restraints to help reduce the severity of whiplash injuries.

Optional Equipment

Highlights from the A8’s lengthy list of available features include night vision control, a highly-recommended Bang & Olufsen sound system, a solar sunroof that provides power for the ventilation system when the vehicle is parked, and a rear seat entertainment system comprised of a DVD player and two 10-inch LCD screens. The Premium Package contains some of the most desirable options on the menu, such as full LED headlights and 22-way adjustable front seats complete with a 5-stage massage function.

Under the Hood

Three gasoline-powered engines are available in the 2014 A8: a supercharged V6 with start/stop technology for improved fuel efficiency in city driving, a twin-turbocharged V8 with on-demand cylinder deactivation, and a W12. All three are mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels via Audi's quattro AWD system. The 2014 Audi S8 makes use of a twin-turbo V8 that produces 520 horsepower and enables a 0-to-60-mph sprint in just over four seconds. TDI models get their motivation from a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that churns out 240 horsepower and a heady 406 lb-ft of torque. Matched with the aforementioned 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox, the TDI accelerates to 60 in about 6.4-seconds, roughly 0.7 seconds slower than the standard supercharged V6.

3.0-liter supercharged V6
333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg

3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
240 horsepower @ 3,750 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/36 mpg

4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
420 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
444 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/28 mpg, 16/26 mpg (long-wheelbase)

6.3-liter W12
500 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
463 lb-ft of torque @ 4,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/21 mpg

4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
520 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
479 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/26 mpg

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2014 Audi A8 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 23 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Warranty not good.

By on Thursday, June 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fuel mileage, power, comfort"

Cons: "Cost of ownership, warranty, paint"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Over-all a great vehicle, had a few issues with electronics and a broken fuel line. Audi does not by any means stand behind their product for the amount of money they charge for the vehicle. Interior alcantra fabric does hold up on the B-pillars and the paint chips and flakes of very easily and its not a covered warranty issue. Also they say they have a 4yr/50k bumper to bumper warranty but dont cover any interior issues after 1yr/12k miles. This was very discouraging to find this out at 42k."

Too much technology for the family to learn.

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Safety features"

Cons: "Ride bumpy, dealership terrible,instruments diffic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"The safety features are great and the car rides OK-but for the price there should have been much greater comfort. The ride was no different than a current lower priced but higher end GM car and it should be much better than that. The exterior design is boring and does nothing to distinguish what is suppossed to be the Audi flagship model. A friend had the sports car by Audi and pushed me to go for the A8L. We are still good friends, but I’m not going to rely on him for automotive guidance."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

DO NOT BUY THIS CAR

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The Audi A8L appears to be a great car. But there is a secret that Audi is keeping from you. If your A8 is in an accident, it can take 2-3 months for it to be repaired. The reason is that Audi limits the repair shops which are authorized to repair the vehicle. I live in a city with 5 million people and there is only one repair shop that employs one technician who can repair the vehicle. My car has been in the shop for 7 weeks and work has not even started yet. Audi implements this insane policy by refusing to sell parts to otherwise qualified repair shops. I complained to Audi USA and they refused to provide me an alternative vehicle or buy the car back. It makes no sense to purchase a car, in particular one that cost between $90k and $100k which you cannot drive for 2 to 3 months because of Audi's policy to limit the ability of collision shops to repair their vehicles."

24 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Best Car I Have Ever Drove

By on Friday, October 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, very fast, comfortable, message seat"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I picked up this car 5 weeks ago and I love it. I had the Benz S, BMW 740iL, Lexus 460 and nothing comes close to the Audi A8. Drives like a dream the comfort is off the wall the V8 engine is a rocket ship you feel like you are in a living room."

10 people out of 28 found this review helpful

I refuse to part with it even after 64K

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury, power, economy, styling, quality."

Cons: "Cannot think of any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As Angus McKenzie of Motor Trend put it - it's the thinking man's luxury sedan. After more than 64,000 miles it still drives like new. Both exterior and interior are like new. Ample power (0-60mph = 4.6 sec measured), 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, starts first time, every time. My wife and I have had numerous conversations about getting a newer car but it would have to be another A8 and since only the engine is different (my is the 4.2 non-turbo) - there is really no point. We have had two issues: an engine sensor failed which made idling rough - repaired under warranty. An occasional suspension noise which has been hard to reproduce for the dealer - but it's not bad enough to be annoying."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Top of the line from a quality OEM

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The reliability and feature set are as fine as any line in the world at this price point. While performance is more than adequate with a good deal of pep, it is not a rocket ship. The L series features incredible passenger comfort with a very quiet and smooth ride. Trunk is adequate."

19 people out of 45 found this review helpful

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