In recent years the German luxury sedan has tried to be more luxurious and more conspicuous, to amaze the owners with a display of luxury and sophistication. The 2018 Audi A8 is different. It’s more conservative in the luxury segment that boasts and spoils you without much bragging.
Entering the sixth year without a full redesign, the Audi A8 looks out of date at some point. Features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Audi Virtual Cockpit control interface are not available. Even a simple USB port isn’t available. A next generation A8 is expected to arrive in 2019, and undoubtedly will be fully up-to-date.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Audi A8 is a large luxury sedan offered in a single long-wheelbase L body style. There are two trim levels available: 3.0T and 4.0T.
Standard features for the A8 L 3.0T includes keyless ignition and entry, an adaptive air suspension, 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights, heated and power-folding mirrors, parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, power door closers, a power trunklid, a rearview camera, power rear sunshades, four-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, heated 14-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, extended leather interior trim, leather upholstery.
Standard tech features include a navigation system, voice controls, Audi MMI infotainment interface, Bluetooth, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD player, a media player interface, satellite radio and one Audi power/information port for smartphones.
The 2018 Audi A8 L 4.0T adds sport-themed styling tweaks, 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a top-view parking camera, a heated steering wheel, simulated suede headliner, diamond-stitched leather upholstery, ventilated 18-way adjustable multi-contour front seats with massage, heated rear seats and a trunk pass-through.
The optional Executive package for the 3.0T adds 20-inch wheels, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, a top-view parking camera, head-up display, heated steering wheel, multi-contour front seats, heated rear seats, trunk pass-through, adaptive cruise control, Audi Pre Sense Plus, lane departure warning and intervention. All the driving aids are included in the 4.0T Executive Plus package, which also adds power-adjustable outboard rear seats.
Both trims can be added with a Black Optic package, which includes a choice of 20- or 21-inch wheels and a variety of dark exterior pieces.
All the 2018 Audi A8 models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The A8 3.0T is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. In performance testing, this model accelerates from zero to 60 mph in quick 5.3 seconds. EPA fuel economy rated at 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city/29 mpg highway).
The 2018 Audi A8 4.0T gets a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 450 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque. In track testing, an A8 4.0T with sprinted to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. EPA fuel economy returns 22 mpg combined (18 mpg city/29 mpg highway).
Cabin quality and design must be the deciding factor when shopping in this segment. And the 2018 Audi A8 offers this with first-class materials, smart style and full high-tech features. Audi is famous for their simple interior, but the A8 is very luxurious in its execution, with plenty of rich wood trim and soft leather surfaces.
There is no lack of comfort inside the A8, even with a standard front seat. Upgrading to an optional 18-way ventilated seat further enhances your satisfaction, and the massage function is more indulgent. The same comfort can also be enjoyed in the rear seats by upgrading to heated seats. Even without that option, rear passengers enjoy plenty of space and facilities.
The cargo capacity is a weak point for the A8, since the trunk has only 14.2 cubic feet. Some compact economy sedans can match that.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Audi A8 is set to hit showrooms in fall of 2017. It will start out at $82,500 for a base 3.0T. The V8-powered A8 4.0 pushes the price to $93,000.