2023 Audi A8 overview | CarExpert

The Audi A8 is the flagship sedan within the model’s vary, however this one is the entry-level tackle the theme – the 2023 Audi A8 50 TDI.

Yep, a diesel engine continues to be the entry-point to this luxurious limousine vary, whereas most different manufacturers are shifting to high-tech hybridised petrol powertrains, or full electrification, because the instances dictate.

That’ll in all probability occur for the next-gen A8, if there may be one… however the present automotive has been up to date, with this facelifted model utilising a 48-volt mild-hybrid system alongside its 3.0-litre turbo-diesel – it has quattro all-wheel drive commonplace, too. 

It now kicks off at greater than $200,000 earlier than on-roads, too… so, is it nonetheless plush sufficient? Let’s discover out.

How a lot does the Audi A8 50 TDI price?

The 2023 Audi A8 line-up consists of three totally different variations – right here now we have the ‘entry-level’ standard-wheelbase A8 50 TDI which is priced from a cool $202,700 earlier than on-road prices.

The longer-wheelbase A8 L mannequin might sound expensive for its additional rear-seat legroom, nevertheless it’s the one to purchase for the final word in chauffeur pushed consolation for occupants.

The A8 line-up is comparatively small in comparison with its fundamental rivals. The brand new BMW 7 Collection has three grades, however two are electrical – the petrol 740i begins at $272,900, whereas the i7 xDrive 60 is $306,900, and the i7 M70 xDrive is $344,900.

As does the Mercedes S-Class line-up, which begins from $242,361 (all MSRP pricing), earlier than stepping as much as the S450 L ($266,961), the S580 L ($332,760), and the petrol-model vary is topped by the V12-powered S680 Maybach ($571,662). There’s additionally the EQS 53 4Matic+ electrical limousine, which is $327,075.

By comparability the Audi appears like a cut price. Much more so when you think about that every one the color/paint choices are at no additional price.

So, whether or not you select Good Black, Mythos Black Metallic, Firmament Blue Metallic, Extremely Blue Metallic, District Inexperienced Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl, Manhattan Gray Metallic, Terra Gray Metallic, Vesuvius Gray Metallic, Florett Silver Metallic or Glacier White Metallic, there isn’t a added price. However there are some Audi Unique colors that price $7050 extra!

There are some wonderful elective extras, together with the S line bundle that makes this automotive look much less like one which deserves Rent Automobile plates, and some different alternative objects I’ll cowl down under.

2023 Audi A8 pricing:

  • Audi A8 50TDI: $202,700
  • Audi A8 L 50TDI: $222,700
  • Audi S8: $273,400

Costs exclude on-road prices

What’s the Audi A8 50 TDI like on the within?

There isn’t practically as a lot wow issue as in a brand new BMW or Mercedes limo – and you already know what? I’m completely okay with that. 

That’s as a result of the standard of the supplies and the usability of the expertise is exceptionally good.

This take a look at car featured an attractive wooden end on the dashboard and doorways, Dinamica faux suede materials on the door playing cards, and luxurious Valcona leather-based on the seats and sprint and different components of the cabin space – and mixed, it makes for a severely high-end feel and look within the cabin.

There’s additionally a touch of theatrics to it. If you change the automotive on, the wooden panelling opens as much as reveal the air vents. There are haptic management pads under these vents that help you modify the velocity/move of the air, and the vents will shut and the wooden will reappear in the event you flip the move off.

Sure, it might solely have a ten.1-inch touchscreen media system, nevertheless it additionally has a secondary display screen under that with haptic suggestions, and it does work very well. I don’t even thoughts that you need to contact the display screen to regulate the fan velocity and temperature – as a result of it’s logical, and learnable.

As is the driving force info display screen (or Digital Cockpit, in Audi communicate), which has an array of readouts and information on it, and could be very simple to become familiar with.

The consolation is phenomenal for front-seat occupants as nicely, with very comfortable and properly adjustable seats, with a bunch of various features out there as nicely, together with heating, cooling, a therapeutic massage perform, electrical adjustment, and reminiscence settings on either side. 

Relating to storage, there’s a pair of moderately first rate door pockets with bottle holsters, though the entrance doorways have an asymmetrical design – that means the driving force’s door has totally different components than the passengers door.

So the passenger door will get a much bigger bottle holder and a unique form to the seize deal with, whereas the driving force’s door will get much less storage, but in addition has extra controls.

Between the entrance seats is a coated centre console bin with a twin-opening lid. Inside that could be a wi-fi cellphone charger with one of many cleverest holsters to maintain your cellphone in place and out of sight that I’ve seen in any automotive.

There’s a pair of USB-C ports in there as nicely, whereas in entrance of that storage space is a pair of cupholders and a 12-volt port.

Within the second row, there may be ample house for an grownup of my dimension – as you’d count on. At 182cm or 6’0” tall, I’ve sufficient knee-room and headroom to be comfy, however it’ll be a greater two-person rear-seat expertise than a three-person job.

The outer seats are fantastically sculpted and comfy, whereas the center seat is flatter and there’s a enormous transmission tunnel intrusion that does get in the best way of issues.

In fact that middle-rear seat is designed to be folded down to separate up the house within the second row, creating an armrest for the backseat occupants – in addition to a management centre for media, lighting (together with Matrix LED studying lights!), shades and rather more – because of the 5.7-inch display screen between the seats.

There’s additionally a pop-out cupholder part, and a coated centre bin with a pair of USB-C ports. It additionally has a pleasant closing movement and damping while you fold that armrest part away.

Rear occupants additionally rating a pair of pockets on the seat backs, and bottle holders within the doorways. Additionally there are pop-up screens for the home windows.

These within the rear are additionally handled to the wooden end on the seat backs of the entrance seats, and alongside the doorways. 

Relating to air flow, there are directional air-vents within the B-pillars, and likewise behind the entrance centre console space. And there are vibrant overhead LED lights for studying, or for getting a baby in or out of the again seats. 

On that subject, there are ISOFIX factors out there in every of the rear window seats, and three top-tether factors as nicely.

Maybe the strangest factor within the again is the pair of 12-volt ports – clearly designed as cigarette lighters! How bizarre. 

As you’d count on, the boot house is ample, with sufficient house for baggage switch from the airport.

There’s 505 litres of cargo capability within the boot, however there’s a hump in direction of the entrance of the cargo space, which does eat into the house somewhat bit. However there may be additionally a gap between the boot space and the cabin for storage of longer objects like skis. 

There’s a netted part to the left of the again of the car with a 12-volt port as nicely, and beneath the boot flooring is a space-saver spare tyre.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

This model of the A8 comes with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which provides this ultra-large sedan a wholesome 210kW of energy (3500-4000rpm) and 600Nm of torque (1750-3250rpm).

It has an eight-speed computerized transmission, and quattro all-wheel drive as commonplace. 

The efficiency claims are strong, too: 0-100km/h is 5.9 seconds, and the highest velocity is 250km/h – best for these autobahn sprints… not a lot for the M5 tunnel in Sydney.

How does the Audi A8 50 TDI drive?

Let’s not child ourselves. This automotive is as a lot about what it’s wish to be within the again seat as it’s for these up entrance.

I can attest, although, that regardless of the place you sit, the luxurious of this expertise is phenomenal. It’s correctly posh.

Probably the most excellent component for all occupants is the automotive’s elegant experience consolation. 

The adaptive air suspension is, for my part, unparalleled when it comes to the quantity of composure and management on supply when the automotive encounters bumpy sections of street, and even velocity humps – it does an amazing job of cosseting these within the cabin, and making for comfy and really easy progress.

But it surely additionally handles itself nicely in corners, with a tied-down and assertive dynamism that you simply may not count on of a automotive of this dimension, and with this a lot weight. 

It isn’t sports activities car-like, however it’s much more pleasurable to drive than you would possibly count on it is going to be – in the event you do discover the kind of street the place you may give it a little bit of a push, or perhaps you must ferry some VIPs alongside a twisty street to their secret hideout.

The steering additionally presents an honest quantity of directness and responsiveness to it. It isn’t the final phrase in really feel, nevertheless it’s nonetheless predictable and manageable in all conditions.

The three.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine can be terrific, with a powerful surge of torque from low within the rev vary, and linear energy supply as you construct velocity.

There’s a sensible eight-speed auto transmission that enables the engine to do its greatest work, both simply through the use of its pulling energy, or by dropping a gear and serving to issues out. 

Irrespective of which scenario the drivetrain finds itself in, although, it’s quiet and really refined. The one points with that refinement may be when the 48-volt stop-start system kicks in on the low speeds, and there may be some slight jerking or hesitation – however it’s not on a regular basis, and it’s actually not a dealbreaker.

If you’re utilizing adaptive cruise management and coasting the automotive can reduce the engine utterly, too, and it’ll reduce the engine in the event you’re coasting to a cease. 

There are a number of drive modes out there, together with auto, consolation, dynamic, and particular person. Whereas the dynamic mode does tighten issues up when it comes to suspension, steering, engine and transmission responsiveness, consolation mode is the place it’s at while you’re driving a automotive like this, or in the event you’re a passenger in a automotive like this, as a result of it makes issues that rather more relaxed and comfortable.

I can’t overstate simply how spectacular the noise, vibration and harshness suppression is on this automotive – it feels correctly luxurious, and so it ought to.

There’s an amazing degree of consolation on supply, and that’s precisely what there must be. And you may barely hear the street floor, even on coarse-chip roads, and there’s however a whisper of wind noise at velocity – bear in mind, that is designed to chop by the air cleanly at autobahn speeds, so it’s quiet. 

As for the security expertise and the techniques on supply, the adaptive cruise management presents a alternative of lane-keeping help or not, and I discovered it labored extraordinarily nicely in each conditions. 

Nevertheless, throughout my time on this take a look at automotive, I had an occasion the place one of many automotive’s parking sensor techniques failed, that means the auto-parking system was unavailable, and so have been security techniques just like the intelligent manoeuvre braking system that can hit the brakes if it thinks you would possibly hit an impediment at decrease speeds.

What do you get?

A8 50 TDI highlights:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Area-saver spare wheel
  • Digital Matrix LED headlights
    • HD Matrix perform
    • LED daytime working lights
  • OLED tail lights
  • Prolonged mild sequencing
    • 5 dynamic picture/animation projections
  • Entrance, rear dynamic indicators
  • Adaptive air suspension
    • Repeatedly variable adaptive damping on all 4 wheels
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • Electrical boot lid with gesture management
  • Exterior mirrors
    • Heated, folding and auto dimming with reminiscence; kerb-side perform on the passenger facet
  • Energy assisted door closure (aka gentle shut)
  • Panoramic sunroof with electrical shade
  • Double glazed glass
  • Electrical entrance seat adjustment
  • Valcona leather-based upholstery with perforated leather-based on entrance and outer rear seats
  • Prolonged leather-based bundle
    • Centre console, door armrests, airbag cowl on steering wheel, higher dashboard and door rails in Nappa leather-based
  • Heated entrance seats 
  • Heated entrance armrests
  • Heated entrance centre console lid
  • Heated steering wheel with paddle-shifters
  • Electrical steering wheel adjustment
  • Ventilated (cooled) entrance seats
  • Therapeutic massage entrance seats
  • Ambient lighting with 30 selectable colors, 6 color profiles
  • 12.3-inch driver data show (digital cockpit)
  • Head-up show
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen media system 
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • DAB digital radio
  • Wired and wi-fi Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system with subwoofer
  • 4x USB ports (2 x entrance, 2 x rear)
  • Wi-fi cellphone charging
  • Audi join on-line providers
    • On-line site visitors info, hazard alerts, Google Maps connectivity, parking info, climate data, gas costs, Google providers, and Safety & Help bundle with distant locking/unlocking, automotive finder, emergency calling and on-line roadside help
  • Rear-seat management system with 5.7-inch OLED display screen
    • Local weather management, seat, lighting and comfort features out there

If that’s not sufficient, a number of the elective packages embody:

  • Sensory Package deal ($17,000): Rear outer heated seats (commonplace tools for lengthy wheel base mannequin); full leather-based bundle; 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen superior sound system; adaptive windscreen wipers; headlining and parcel shelf in black Dinamica; extendable solar visors; privateness glass – darkish tinted rear and rear facet home windows; air high quality bundle – contains 2 fragrances and air ionisation to enhance the air high quality within the cabin
  • Rear Seat Consolation Package deal ($7000): Seat air flow with therapeutic massage perform at rear;  3-seater rear seat system contains rear outer seats with energy adjustment; consolation head restraints; outer heated seats within the again row
  • S line exterior bundle ($NCO): Modifications entrance and rear bumpers for aero-focused S line variations, black exterior highlights and results (not proven on this take a look at car, which has the no-cost Chrome Exterior Package deal.

Is the Audi A8 50 TDI secure?

There is no such thing as a ANCAP or Euro NCAP crash take a look at security score for the Audi A8. By no means has been, in truth.

However being the flagship mannequin within the line-up, you possibly can relaxation assured that whereas it doesn’t have an unbiased security score, it does have an unlimited array of energetic security expertise and options to maintain you secure.

These objects embody:

  • Adaptive cruise management with cease & go, together with site visitors jam help 
  • Lively lane help
    • When activated helps the driving force keep within the lane by mild corrective steering intervention and thru steering vibration
  • Blind-spot monitoring 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree cameras together with kerb view perform
  • Entrance, rear parking sensors
  • Driver consideration alert
  • Ahead autonomous emergency braking
    • Pedestrian and bike owner detection, and intersection help
  • Collision avoidance help
    • Helps steering torque in crucial conditions the place the driving force initiates evasive motion
  • Flip help (junction help)
    • Screens oncoming site visitors when turning proper at low speeds
  • Emergency help
    • Inside system limits, detects when the driving force fails to reply. In such occasion, the system offers the driving force with a visible, acoustic and haptic warning
  • Exit warning system
    • Detects vehicles and cyclists when opening doorways

There’s additionally an elective Evening Imaginative and prescient Assistant, which may determine and illustrate folks and bigger wild animals. The airbag depend is beneficiant (9), with twin entrance airbags, entrance facet airbags, rear facet airbags, a entrance centre airbag, and curtain airbags.

How a lot does the Audi A8 50 TDI price to run?

The A8 is roofed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee, and you should purchase a five-year service plan for $4290. That may cowl your first 5 providers, due at both 12 months or each 15,000km. 

There’s service-initiated roadside help as nicely, so in the event you preserve the car with Audi, you’ll have the ability to take benefit.

As for the working prices, the official mixed cycle gas consumption for the A8 50 TDI is 6.6 litres per 100km – fairly spectacular for a 2095kg luxurious sedan.

In my testing, which included a number of hundred kilometres of blended driving, I noticed a return of seven.7L/100km.

CarExpert’s Tackle the Audi A8 50 TDI

The opponents would possibly make the A8 really feel a bit behind the instances when it comes to the expertise, however this stays a splendid uber luxurious sedan with a simple powertrain and a tremendously good experience.

It looks as if a terrific purchase for the cash, contemplating how a lot the opponents price, too.

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