Audi’s largest and most luxurious sedan–the 2021 A8–hides its high-dollar cabin behind a handsome-yet-understated facade. It’s even included on our Editors choice list. From the distance it’s easy for one to think the car’s price tag of nearly six figures for the humble A4 However, this kind of anonymity could be attractive to more reserved millionaires. On the inside, you’ll discover an interior that’s as luxurious and spacious as the more luxurious Mercedes-Benz S-class and BMW 7-series, with the option of massaging seats both for the rear and front passenger. Audi has released its entire range of driver-assistance tech and infotainment on display, and the A8 is a continuous showcase of high-tech features.
What’s New for 2021?
Audi is increasing the luxury of the A8 by offering 22-way, power-adjustable front seats that have heat and air-conditioning all-inclusive across the range. In addition, the standard features are an wireless smartphone charging pad and a 360-degree outside camera system. The top-of-the-line model 60 TFSI is now available complete with an Sport Style package (20-inch wheels as well as a front-lip spoiler as well as chrome upper body the cladding) along with Matrix-style LED headlights as well as luxurious Valcona leather upholstery.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
If you choose the 60 TFSI model gives the A8 its top feature underneath the hood: A 453-hp twin-turbocharged V-8. Alongside the engine that is more powerful We’d recommend you also purchase an optional Rear Seat Comfort package, which includes power rear seats with heat and massage to make our passengers feel pampered. The Executive package is on our list as well. It comes with a massage for the front seats and a head-up-display, heated steering wheel blind spot monitoring, and ambient lighting in the interior.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The basic 55 TFSI has an engine that’s turbocharged and that is rated at 335 horsepower while the 60 TFSI features a 453 horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine. Both models use the hybrid system of 48 volts. An automatic transmission with eight speeds and all-wheel drive are included in the. The plug-in hybrid 60TFSI e blends the V-6 with an electric motor as well as an front-mounted 14.1-kWh batteries. In 2021, the Audi A8 TFSI e is classified as having 443 horsepower. We’ve so far tried it in the V-6 55-TFSI model which went from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds on the track we tested. For a six-cylinder executive car it’s comparable to the Mercedes-Benz S450, but only a few tenths of the speed that the BMW 740i. This Audi’s engine runs quiet however there’s not much ado for its power-train, and the noise-reducing features are so extensive that they’re almost inaudible when the windows are raised. The A8 provides an Audi-like mix of performance and ease. A movable air suspension as well as adjustable adaptive dampers that can be adjusted by the driver are the standard features. Available with the V-8 is an upgraded active suspension that monitors on the roads in front for bumps, and takes measures to adjust. With the standard suspension it is you’ll find that the Audi A8 isolates you from road bumps, but you can hit the back road in the event of a mood.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the 2021 A8 sedan equipped with the standard six-cylinder engine will get 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg over the highway. The V-8 model comes with ratings of 15 mpg in the city and 23 highway. The plug-in hybrid comes with a combined estimate of 23 mpg , and an electrically-only distance of just 18 miles. But, we aren’t able to determine the actual mpg of the A8 models until we test the models on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy road as part of our exhaustive testing program.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The spaciousness of the passenger compartment is a signature feature of the A8, and the long wheelbase of the A8 ensures that passengers in the rear seats are accommodated. Five passengers are available, however an optional four-passenger seating option eliminates the center rear seat and includes two power-adjustable rear seats that have heating, ventilation and massage and the ability to heat your feet and massage two entertainment tablets (while cutting the power adjustments to seats in front of the seat to allow for the entire set of devices). High-end materials are plentiful and you can pick an extended leather seat and an entire forest of inlays made from wood. Like the exterior of the A8 interior, the interior design is more sombre and not as extravagant like its predecessor, the Mercedes S-class. The trunk capacity is small for a luxury car at 13 cubic feet.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Audi’s fantastic 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster is standard, as are the 10.3-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower screens that feature MMI Touch Response. MMI touchscreen system. There’s only one volume knob on the audio system since the majority of functions are controlled by the touchscreens. It’s not easy to navigate at first however the system is responsive and extremely customizable with the ability to select their own buttons for the lower screen and also offering an array of buttons that can be used for weather and navigation as well as phone functions and radio buttons on the left of the screen’s upper side. Be aware that you’ll be wearing the microfiber cloth included in the process of removing fingerprints. In the front, there’s two USB ports that combine charging and data capabilities as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone integration is standard, along and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Wi-Fi through Audi Connect Plus is available with an additional cost for a subscription.