Used Audi A8 Saloon (2003 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 16 Jan 2009
4
As a luxury machine, the A8 barely puts a foot wrong, offering satisfying performance, spacious and luxurious interiors along with solid build quality. But despite this it's never proved as popular as rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
Audi A8 Saloon (03-11)
Superbly refined, excellent build quality, not as flashy as rivals
Slightly bland image, tame driving experience

New price range:

£46,015 - £83,318

Used price range:

£883 - £13,869

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

As a luxury machine, the A8 barely puts a foot wrong, offering satisfying performance, spacious and luxurious interiors along with solid build quality. But despite this it's never proved as popular as rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. This may be down to the conservative styling and play-it-safe handling dynamics, but it still has plenty of gadgets to keep restless fingers amused.

A long wheelbase version is available and in 2005 the car received a very minor makeover which included Audi's new-style grille and a new 4.2-litre diesel engine to replace the 4.0-litre diesel.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

1.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Ability to provide total comfort and security on the road.  

2 out of 5

David Foster ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Lots of room to convey all passengers in comfort. Large boot and the ability to pull quite a heavy caravan with ease.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   30 Oct 2013    ... read more

 Space. This is the first car I have ever had where I needed to move the seat forward to drive. Large airy cabin and huge boot to cater for all our stuff.  

5 out of 5

Chris Butler ,   22 Apr 2013    ... read more

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