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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi A8

£63,320£98,325
8/10
Overall verdict
All-encompassing brilliance without being remotely exciting. S8 is all about speed.
 

For: 

As lovely to drive as to be driven in

Against: 

Doesn't have as much lounging space as the S-Class

Overview

What is it?

It’s the biggest and best Audi can do. Or at least, it’s the best Audi is allowed to do, lest it step on the toes of more exuberant saloons in the VW Group hierarchy. Bill and Marjorie over the road will think you’ve just bought an A4 like theirs – but inside the A8 is a world apart. As you’d expect, it’s a banquet of German sumptuousness and technology. The Mercedes S-Class is ultimately more indulgent, yes, but for technological accomplishment, few match an A8. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S8 Plus TFSI Quattro 4dr Tip Auto
3.8s 231g/km 28.2 605 £97,455
The cheapest
3.0 TDI 262 Quattro SE Executive 4dr Tip Auto
5.9s 149g/km 49.6 262 £63,320
The greenest
3.0 TDI 262 Quattro SE Executive 4dr Tip Auto
5.9s 149g/km 49.6 262 £63,320
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