2021 Audi A8

MSRP range: $86,500 - $98,900
MSRP$87,545
Edmunds suggests you pay$78,067

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2021 Audi A8 Review

  • Impeccably crafted cabin
  • Impressive interior technology
  • Responsive steering and cornering for a big sedan
  • Exceptionally comfortable seats all around
  • Relatively small trunk
  • Infotainment interface can be tough to learn
  • Powertrain is a little unrefined
  • Ride is too floaty at high speeds and bumpy around town
  • Some optional features such as 22-way power-adjustable front seats now standard
  • Packages consolidated to include more equipment
  • All-wheel steering added to optional appearance packages
  • Part of the fourth A8 generation introduced for 2019

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    NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Audi A8, but since the 2021 Audi A8 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    Senior Writer Mark Takahashi takes you on a tour of Audi's flagship luxury sedan, from all the new technology packed into it to its redesigned, angular exterior styling. The new Audi A8, which is slated to arrive in mid- to late 2018, is going to be a Level 3 semiautonomous vehicle, driving itself with little interaction needed from the driver. Fortune favors the bold and Audi is certainly being bold with this new A8.

    [MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Hey, everybody. We're in Barcelona where we just checked out the unveiling of Audi's 2019 A8, their flagship luxury sedan. And there's a lot riding on it, obviously. The big news, though, is how much technology they packed into it. It's going to be a class three, semi-autonomous vehicle that means it will literally drive itself with little interaction needed from the driver. It's also completely redesigned, nose to tail. All new style that kind of adopts Audi's latest design language, which I'm actually a fan of. It's got these sharp creases from nose to tail. Even though the grill is a little too big, maybe a little too angular for my taste, that's up to you to decide. The interior is also very much Audi, minimalist, sophisticated, but still packed with a ton of features. It's going to have these two large touch screens, and we've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with some of those large touchscreens, but these actually show some promise. There's going to be some haptic feedback and the buttons are actually pretty large and easy to use. Elsewhere in the interior, it's got that lovely simplistic, yet sophisticated look. It's a really wide horizontal look for the dash with impeccable materials. These wonderful matte [? open pore ?] wood trim. As we would expect from any luxury flagship sedan, comfort is paramount. And much like Mercedes magic ride suspension, the Audi will react before it gets to an imperfection in the road, and adapt and counteract whatever action it's going to cause. So if it senses a pothole coming up, it will just glide right over it like it didn't exist. Initially when these come out in 2018, as a 2019 model, they're going to be a mild hybrid, probably with a V-6 that's turbocharged, but there will be other versions to follow. From a plug-in hybrid, all the way to the W12, which probably is going to be my choice, if you ask me. Also available will be a four wheel steering to help this big car maneuver in tight spaces. In addition to four wheel steering, it will also have self-parking capability where you won't even have to be in the car to have it parallel park or perpendicular park itself. So it's been said that [? Fortune ?] favors the bold and Audi is certainly being bold with this new A8. There's a lot riding on it, and I have to say, I'm hopeful that they can fulfill all of these promises. Keep checking back with Edmunds as we get closer to the 2018 launch of the all new 2019 Audi A8. Let us know what you think. Leave us a comment, and hit subscribe to see other videos just like this.

    Features & Specs

    L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI features & specs
    L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI
    4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$98,900
    MPG 15 city / 23 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower453 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI features & specs
    L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$86,500
    MPG 17 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower335 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI e features & specs
    L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI e
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$95,900
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower443 hp @ N/A rpm
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    FAQ

    Is the Audi A8 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 A8 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Audi A8 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the A8 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the A8 ranges from 10.4 to 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi A8. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Audi A8?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi A8:

    • Some optional features such as 22-way power-adjustable front seats now standard
    • Packages consolidated to include more equipment
    • All-wheel steering added to optional appearance packages
    • Part of the fourth A8 generation introduced for 2019
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    Is the Audi A8 reliable?

    To determine whether the Audi A8 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the A8. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the A8's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Audi A8 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi A8 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 A8 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi A8?

    The least-expensive 2021 Audi A8 is the 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $86,500.

    Other versions include:

    • L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $98,900
    • L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $86,500
    • L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI e (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $95,900
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    What are the different models of Audi A8?

    If you're interested in the Audi A8, the next question is, which A8 model is right for you? A8 variants include L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI e (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of A8 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Audi A8

    2021 Audi A8 Overview

    The 2021 Audi A8 is offered in the following submodels: A8 Sedan. Available styles include L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI e (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Audi A8?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi A8 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 A8.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi A8 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 A8 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi A8?

    2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $108,405. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $10,061 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $10,061 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $98,344.

    The average savings for the 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 9.3% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 4 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/60 TFSI (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $87,545. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $9,328 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $9,328 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $78,217.

    The average savings for the 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 10.7% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 5 2021 Audi A8 L 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2021 Audi A8s are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Audi A8 for sale near. There are currently 12 new 2021 A8s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $87,545 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Audi A8. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $5,932 on a used or CPO 2021 A8 available from a dealership near you.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi A8?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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