2021 Audi A8 Model Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $85,600 MSRP
  • Standard 55 TFSI® (3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower / 369 lb-ft of torque), optional 60 TFSI® e Plug-In Hybrid (3.0-liter six-cylinder with electric motor and 443 horsepower / 516 lb-ft of torque) or available 60 TFSI® (4.0-liter TFSI® V8 with 453 horsepower / 487 lb-ft of torque) each including standard quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Eight speed tiptronic transmission and standard quattro® all-wheel drive with self-locking center differential
  • Rear Seat Entertainment system comprising of two Audi tablets and a detachable Rear Seat Remote
  • Audi AI traffic jam pilot - developed specially for Level 3 automated driving
  • Onboard Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to eight passenger devices with LTE capability
  • Touchscreen MMI system with haptic feedback for user-friendly operation
  • Available Bang & Olufsen with 3D surround sound
  • Audi AI active suspension - active electromechanical suspension system


About the Audi A8

Now in its fourth generation, the Audi A8 marks the start of a new era of design which places emphasis on progressive elegance. As the Audi flagship luxury sedan, the A8 combines advanced technology with bespoke craftsmanship. Each element of the A8 has been meticulously engineered for superior refinement and greater efficiency. The body composition of the A8 is constructed using ASF® multi-material frame technology, which uses 58 percent aluminum parts paired with hot-form steel and ultra-high strength carbon fiber reinforced polymer components. The end result of these advancements are more precise handling, increased body rigidity, and a serene interior environment for both drivers and passengers. Potent performance, innovative technology, and sophisticated comfort combine to help ensure that the Audi A8 maintains its position as a leader in the full size luxury segment.

What the Critics Say

"Impressive passenger space is an A8 hallmark, and its long wheelbase ensures that rear-seat passengers are well accommodated. Fine materials are in abundance, and you can order up extended leather and a small forest's worth of wood inlays." -- Car and Driver

"The Audi A8 L has top-notch cabin finishes everywhere you look and touch. Trim accents are real wood, and you can cover practically all surfaces in soft, supple leather. The A8 isn't as over-the-top flashy and elegant as say, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is, preferring to create a more business-like atmosphere. The interior stays isolated from nearly all outside road, wind, and engine noise, further enhancing the serenity." -- U.S. News & World Report

What's New for 2021

Newly-standard features are among the most impressive enhancements to the Audi A8 lineup for the 2021 model year. These new standard features include 22-way ventilated front seats, the Audi phone box, and top-view camera system with Virtual 360 view. A8 60 TFSI models now include the Sport style exterior kit, HD Matrix-design LED headlights, and Valcona leather interior. Lastly, the two new option packages available on the Audi A8 are the Executive plus package and Black optic sport package for a more aggressive exterior appearance.

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Audi A8 Exterior

Audi A8 Features

2020 Audi A8 Exterior Styling

Exterior Design

At the front, the A8 announces your arrival with a wide, upright Singleframe® grille which seamlessly integrates with a flowing, muscular body design. Its bold proportions help emphasize the front and rear wheel arches, hinging at the superior capability found in the standard quattro® all-wheel drive system. Experience state-of-the-art lighting with HD Matrix LED headlights along with rear lamps featuring OLED technology for exceptional clarity and illumination. Even the roughest road surfaces are translated into a calm, tranquil ride thanks to the use of specialized lightweight materials in the underlying chassis architecture of the A8.

2020 Audi A8 Interior

Luxurious Interior

Intelligently reimagined, refined, and simplified -- the interior of the Audi A8 adds unrivaled comfort and luxury. Contour and ambient lighting provides a tasteful accent to the premium materials and fine details found scattered across the cabin. Rear-seat passengers have an escape from the hectic outside world thanks to numerous comfort features found inside the A8. A Rear Seat Entertainment system consists of two Audi tablets and a detachable Rear Seat Remote. Seamlessly customize your seating and infotainment preferences using the smartphone-sized OLED touch control remote. Melt away tension and stress by relaxing in the right rear passenger seat, which features an available heated massaging footrest discreetly hidden on the rear of the front passenger seat.

2020 Audi A8 Technology

Advanced Technology

A MMI touch response® system replaces the prior generation's rotary/push button control and touchpad into a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround. Also improved are Audi connect services which now include the HERE-powered map and navigation system. Another technology making its debut in the A8 is the system's ability to learn over time through driven routes to provide smarter route guidance suggestions. When a route is started on a smartphone using the myAudi app, it can seamlessly continue on the on-board system as soon as you step inside the A8. Hear your music exactly as it was intended to be heard with a concert-like audio experience from the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system featuring 3D surround sound.

2020 Audi A8 Performance

Performance

Designed to combine superior efficiency with smooth power delivery, the Audi A8 features your choice of either a standard 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, sophisticated e Plug-In Hybrid drivetrain, or a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8. Designed to support the TFSI engine, the 10Ah lithium-ion battery and belt-driven alternator starter (BAS) allows for the recuperation of power and is designed to provide a smooth, responsive, and efficient ride. You'll have complete control across all weather conditions thanks to standard quattro® all-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential. With a powerful electronic chassis platform, dynamic all-wheel steering, and active electromechanical suspension -- each aspect of the A8 chassis and driving experience are exceptional.

2020 Audi A8 Driver Assistance

Driver Assistance

Setting a new standard in luxury, the Audi A8 is available with a tremendous variety of driver-assistive safety innovations. Every A8 comes standard with advanced collision mitigation and cross traffic assist, stress-relieving adaptive cruise assist, and an advanced intersection assist. Take the guesswork out of parking with the standard Park system plus which includes acoustic sensors found at both the front and rear of the vehicle. The Audi A8 is also poised to make history with another upcoming feature set to release soon. When equipped with Audi AI traffic jam pilot, the feature can take charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at speeds up to 37 MPH on freeways and highways where a physical barrier separates directional traffic. Audi continues to measure timing and will deliver the system when market readiness allows.

Trims & Specs

A8 55 TFSI® quattro®

A8 55 TFSI® quattro®
  • Starting at $86,500 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 engine and eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Heated 18-way power comfort front seats, including 4-way power lumbar adjustment and memory
  • MMI® Navigation plus and Audi virtual cockpit plus
  • 19-inch 15-spoke turbine wheels with 255/45 all-season tires

A8 60 TFSI® e Plug-In Hybrid

A8 60 TFSI® e Plug-In Hybrid
  • Starting at $95,900 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 with electric motor
  • Valetta leather interior
  • LED headlights with e-tron LED DRLs
  • 19-inch 5-spoke design, bi-color wheel
  • Four-zone climate control Plus

A8 60 TFSI® quattro®

A8 60 TFSI® quattro®
  • Starting at $98,900 MSRP
  • 4.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V8 and eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Parking system plus
  • Audi pre sense® basic / Audi pre sense® front