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Audi A8 DIESEL SALOON L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]

Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
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Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]
Audi A8 L 50 TDI Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic [C+S]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph5.9 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02159 g/km
  • BHP286
  • Torque443 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

This MK4 model Audi A8 faces some tough rivals, but there's an argument that it's as good as any of its competitors, even Mercedes' mighty S-Class. It's smarter, larger and more sophisticated and claims to be the first production car in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving.

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Audi's A8 has long been the big saloon to choose if discretion and understatement work for you. Is that still the case? Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer from the fourth generation version.

Background

Audi is used to winning. It's got extremely good at it, continuing to push technological boundaries wherever it can to stay a step ahead of its rivals. And the best place to see Vorsprung Durch Teknic at work? Well it has to be here doesn't it, with the brand's top A8 large luxury saloon, further improved in this fourth generation form. It's hard to remember now, but prior to this A8's original launch back in 1994, Audi wasn't really considered a fully-fledged prestigious brand. Its cars generally languished in the corner of your local Volkswagen dealer's showroom and appealed to those who couldn't quite stretch to the products of the smarter German makers. The first generation A8 changed all of that, a car the like of which the luxury segment had never seen before. Aluminium spaceframe technology from NASA. 4WD quattro technology from the World Rally Championship. And exquisite standards of build quality that redefined what boardroom buyers could expect from a European luxury car. At a stroke, it put posh rivals on the back foot - and Audi has never looked back since. The second and third generation A8 saloon merely perfected the recipe, but this MK4 model claims to have taken a real step forward once again. Has it? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The array of engines you get in the latest A8 is pretty mouth-watering. While it's true that the oily bits have been tweaked rather than offering anything overwhelmingly novel, they were good to begin with and have just got better. There are two extensively re-engineered V6 turbo engines: a 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI. The diesel develops 286PS, and the petrol version 340PS. There's also an eight-cylinder TDI - a 4.0-litre with 435PS - and as before, the exclusive top engine version is the W12 with a displacement of 6.0 litres. An e-tron quattro variant has also been developed, this derivative mating a 3.0 TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor to achieve a 449PS output and 700Nm of torque. This time round, dynamic all-wheel steering complements the standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and buyers also get Audi AI active suspension, a fully active suspension set-up. Depending on the driver's wishes and the driving situation, it is capable of raising or lowering each wheel separately with electric actuators. This newfound latitude enables it to deliver the polished ride comfort of a classic luxury saloon and the taut, composed agility of a more driver-oriented performance car in equal measure. It's clever. It's an Audi. What else did you expect?

Design and Build

Audi says that this fourth generation A8 signals the beginning of a new design era for the entire brand. The front end with its wide, upright Singleframe grille and the fluid, muscular body both aim to convey power, elegance, sophistication and modernity. As before, two bodystyles are available, the 5.17-metre 'standard' version and the A8 L, which has a 13cm-longer wheelbase. Space is often considered to be the ultimate luxury, and compared to its predecessor this MK4 A8 has grown substantially in length in both body styles. Occupants can also now relax in even more sublime surroundings, with every detail radiating superlative bespoke quality - from the perforation in the seat upholstery to the electrically opening and closing shutters on the air vents. The most sought-after seat in the new Audi flagship model could quite possibly be the rear left - the optional relaxation seat in the A8 L that comes with four different adjustment options and a footrest. In this seat, the passenger can warm and massage the soles of their feet on a unit with multiple settings incorporated into the back of the front-passenger seat. Up-front, the instrument panel is largely free of buttons and switches. At its centre is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £70,000 and range up to just over £100,000. A major draw this time round is the automated driving technology that Audi has built in. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 37mph on major roads where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. The system is activated using the AI button on the centre console. The traffic jam pilot manages starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The driver no longer needs to monitor the car permanently and can even switch to watching the on-board TV. As soon as the system reaches its limits, it calls on the driver to take back control of the task of driving. Whether this wil be permitted by UK legislation is yet to be determined but from a technical perspective, the traffic jam pilot is revolutionary. And there's more. The Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the manoeuvre is monitored by the driver. The driver does not need to be sitting in the car - he or she can start the appropriate system from their smartphone using the new myAudi app. It broadcasts a live feed of the parking manoeuvre taken from the car's 360-degree cameras onto the owner's handheld device for easy monitoring.

Cost of Ownership

All the conventional A8 engines operate in conjunction with a belt alternator starter, which is the nerve centre of the 48-volt electrical system. This mild hybrid technology enables the car to coast with the engine switched off, and to restart smoothly. It also has an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output of up to 12kW. The combined effect of these measures is to improve efficiency substantially. For ultimate performance in that regard though, you'll want to talk to your Audi Centre about the A8 L e-tron quattro version, which uses a powerful plug-in petrol/electric hybrid drivetrain. Its 3.0 TFSI engine and powerful electric motor achieve 449PS of system power and 700 Nm and there's a lithium-ion battery that stores enough power for about 31 miles of electric driving. Audi Wireless Charging will be offered at a later date as an option. Here, a pad in the garage floor transfers the power inductively to a receiver coil in the car. Depreciation in this sector is traditionally severe, especially where the more expensive models are concerned, but Audi residuals are usually strong.

Summary

This fourth generation A8 is an impressive achievement. Every car in this segment is. As it should be, this is a showcase for Audi's best and most advanced engineering, aluminium construction and quattro all-wheel-drive now joined by astonishingly clever industry-leading automated driving technologies. Add in classier design and a range of engines that are pokier yet cleaner and more frugal and you've a formidable luxury saloon. But is it one that you can bond with, a luxury conveyance you'll love as well as admire? The answer depends upon the owner of course. Some may still see this A8 as being a little remote compared to a wood-panelled Jaguar, a status-conscious Mercedes or a proudly opulent BMW. I'm guessing though, that a significant number of boardroom buyers might now find this Audi a surprisingly complete all-round choice. Hugely capable, innovative and beautifully built, this is the car that rivals always feared Audi would build. And if you're in this market, it's one you need to try.

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Entertainment
Audi music interface at rear
Audi music interface
DAB digital radio module
DVD System
Premium MMI radio plus
USB connection
Exterior Features
Acoustic double glazing
Black exterior door mirrors
Metallic paint
Audi space frame
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlight control system
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour side protection with aluminium trim strips
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows with isolation switch
Electrically adjustable heated folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory function and integrated LED indicators
HD matrix healights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
Heated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jets
High beam assist
LED brake lights
LED daytime running lights
Privacy glass
Reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
Side skirts
Sports bumpers
Interior Features
4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
Black cloth headlining
Front/rear floor mats
Heated rear seats
Reading lights
Rear seat remote control
12V socket
3 seat rear bench with centre armrest
3 seater rear seat system
4 zone control automatic air conditioning
Centre console with cupholders
Climate controlled seats
Comfort centre armrest
Comfort rear headrests
Door armrest with storage
Door pockets with bottle holder
Driver and front passenger side sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Dust/pollen filters
Electric adj front seatbelt height + memory
Electric auxiliary air heater
Electric front seats with memory function
Electric sunblinds for rear window and rear door windows
Glove compartment cooling
Heated front seats
Height/reach electric steering column with easy exit function
Illuminated centre console
Illuminated door sills
Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
Leather gearknob
Passenger footwell storage net
Roof mounted sunglasses holder
Twin spoke leather multifunction steering wheel with gearshift paddles
Valcona leather upholstery with front sports seats in diamond quilted with S logo
Technical
72 litre fuel tank
24 litre AdBlue tank
48V Mild hybrid technology
8 speed transmission with hill hold assist
Adaptive air suspension
Diesel particulate filter
Quattro all wheel drive with self locking centre differential
Wheels
20" 5 V spoke star design audi sport cast aluminium alloy wheels in gloss anthracite black with gloss turned finish
Driver Convenience
'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
360 surround camera
Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi virtual cockpit
Audi wireless smartphone interface
Camera based traffic sign recognition
Colour driver's information system display
Electro - mechanical power assisted steering
Head up Display
Lane departure warning including emergency assist
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch + Twin touch screens with haptic feedback
Operating buttons in black, glass look with haptic feedback including extended aluminium look
Power door closure
Power operated tailgate
Remote fuel filler release
Service interval indicator
Packs
Black exterior styling pack - A8
Comfort and Sound pack - A8
Connect package plus - A8
High gloss styling pack - A8
LED ambient interior lighting pack - A8
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
ABS/EBD
Active front headrest system
ASR traction control
Audi pre sense basic
Audi pre sense front
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
EDL traction control
Electromechanical parking brake
ESP
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Front and rear side airbags with head airbag system
Front brake discs, callipers painted black
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Rear brake discs, callipers painted black
Rear child proof door locks
Seatbelt reminder + electric contact in buckle + advanced safety equipment
Tyre pressure warning light
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Advanced key
Anti theft alarm tow away protection
Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Trim
Dark matt brushed aluminium lower inlays
Piano black finish upper inlays
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 159
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 189
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 193
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 188
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2967
Cylinder Layout V6
Cylinders 6
Engine Code 4N803A
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 47.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 39.2
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 286
Coin Description TDI Quattro L
Coin Series Black Edition [C+S]
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 49E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 5.9
Engine Power - BHP 286
Engine Power - KW 210
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 443
Engine Torque - MKG 61.2
Engine Torque - NM 600
Engine Torque - RPM 2250
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Tyre Size Front 265/40 R20
Tyre Size Rear 265/40 R20
Wheel Style 5 V SPOKE STAR
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1488
Length 5302
Wheelbase 3128
Width (including mirrors) 2130
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 72
Gross Vehicle Weight 2700
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 505
Max. Loading Weight 700
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2000
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.9

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £3,400.00
Body colour exterior mirror housings FOC
Panoramic sunroof £1,795.00
Pearlescent paint FOC
Solid paint FOC
Towbar with electric swivel function £1,325.00
Interior Features
Jack and tool kit FOC
Packs
Alcantara black headlining pack - A8 £1,225.00
Alcantara pastel silver headlining pack - A8 £1,225.00
Alcantara pearl beige headlining pack - A8 £1,225.00
Chauffeur pack - A8 £2,100.00
City assist pack - A8 £1,375.00
Extended leather pack - A8 £2,450.00
Leather Pack - A8 £1,025.00
Rear comfort pack - A8 £1,600.00
Rear seat package - A8 £9,100.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £3,400.00
Metallic - Floret silver FOC
Metallic - Glacier white FOC
Metallic - Monsoon grey FOC
Metallic - Moonlight Blue FOC
Metallic - Mythos black FOC
Metallic - Navarra blue FOC
Metallic - Seville red FOC
Metallic - Terra grey FOC
Metallic - Vesuvius grey FOC
Pearl - Daytona grey FOC
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Technical
82 litre fuel tank £110.00
Trim
Valcona leather - Black + front sports seats FOC
Valcona leather - Merlot red + front sports seats FOC
Valcona leather - Nutmeg brown + front sports seats FOC
Valcona leather - Pearl beige + front sports seats FOC
Valcona leather - Saiga beige + front sports seats FOC
Valcona leather - Sard brown black + front sports seats FOC
Wheels
20" 10 parallel spoke design forged contrasting grey alloy wheels £800.00
Space saver spare wheel £210.00
* option prices shown are estimated