2013 Audi A8 L 3.0T Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. Supercharged AWD 8-speed Automatic)
Driven On 6/5/2012
This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Residing on only the second rung of the five-step A8 ladder, the impressively equipped Audi A8 L 3.0T provides all the performance most buyers will ever require, all the comfort, and nearly all of the luxury and sophistication they expect of a flagship sedan. If you want more, add options or climb the ladder.
PerformanceWith a masterful blend of V8-equivelent acceleration, sports car braking, compact sedan handling, yet easy driveability, the long-wheelbased all-wheel drive A8 L 3.0T is at the top of its class. And there are two more powerful versions.
A supercharged 333 hp V6 supplies impressive acceleration. The 8-speed automatic transmission deserves some credit for the 5-sec dash to 60 mph. Silky smooth acceleration.
A thoroughbred sports car would brag about brakes like these. The A8 L stops in just 104 feet from 60 mph yet the pedal retains an intuitive feel around town. Benchmark performance.
The driver-selectable variable-effort steering is responsive and precise regardless of mode. The electric-assist lacks some tactile feel, but is one of the best in its class.
We tested with all-season and summer tires and both versions supplied astounding grip, poise, and predictable (but very high) limits. The car feels half its size.
Don't assume the A8 L would feel like driving a limousine. Sure, it's composed and quiet, but with a connectedness and capability most competitors lack. There's only one better.
ComfortOnly the Princess and the Pea could find fault in the A8 L's ability to supply limousine-levels of comfort.
Heated 12-way adjustable front seats. Rear seat options include heat, recline and massage.
Standard multi-mode suspension is ably equipped to deal with all manner of road conditions and never feels floaty or harsh.
One of the quietest cars we've ever tested and that's without the optional dual-pane acoustic windows.
InteriorPassenger room and accommodations are nearly peerless, and ambitious ergonomics are handled deftly. The A8 L's limited trunk capacity brings this otherwise-benchmark interior score down slightly.
Like nearly all similarly complex systems, Audi's infotainment controller and button-rich dash require some study. Voice commands and finger-tip 'drawing' pad are very good.
Generously sized doors offer easy access. Long rear doors of this long-wheelbased version of the A8 sometimes affect this in tight side-by-side parking stalls.
As one might suspect, the A8 L's additional 5 inches of wheelbase is noticeable inside. There's more rear legroom than front legroom and truly enough room for 5 adults.
Standard adaptive Xenon headlamps, reverse camera, and parking sensors can be augmented with more cameras, night vision, and blindspot monitoring.
Putting such a premium on passenger room costs the A8 L in terms of luggage capacity. At 13.2 cubic feet the trunk size is below that of its competitors. Interior storage options are numerous.
ValueWidely held as a benchmark in terms of quality materials and craftsmanship, but if Audi provided better warranties and scheduled maintenance terms, its overall value would rise.
Build Quality (vs. $)
As Audi's flagship sedan, the A8 goes beyond satisfying expectations of high quality and sets the benchmark for others to emulate. This is widely known in the industry.
This L 3.0T is only the second step among the five A8 trim levels and it is generously equipped before adding any options. Check the impressive standard equipment ledger.
With an MSRP of just under $80K, the A8 L 3.0T is an outright steal for a flagship sedan. One could easily spend far more and get far less.
Expect to earn about 20 mpg in mixed driving as the EPA estimates are 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. These are good considering the AWD and performance.
Basic and Powertrain warranties stand at 4 years/50,000 miles. These are average terms, but not outstanding.
Roadside assistance is covered for 4 years/unlimited miles and only the first scheduled maintenance visit is free. You may purchase additional maintenance terms.
Fun To DriveThe A8 L 3.0T is a shockingly capable sport sedan, an opulent luxury sedan, and a trend-setting techno feast. All this adds up to a tremendously satisfying experience from any seat in the house.
Whether it's from the driver's seat or one of the opulent passenger seats, traveling in the sophisticated A8 L 3.0T is just about as satisfying as it gets in an automobile.
Aside from its stealthy, somewhat anonymous exterior styling, the A8 L 3.0T's sophistication, functionality, and class-leading competence is undeniable. Very few better.