Audi A8 2.8 Sport Multitronic - Conclusion

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

There's no doubt that the Audi A8 lives up to its luxury saloon moniker. It's big, spacious, comfortable and very easy to drive. And despite being an undeniably large car, it still boasts the same sleek, somewhat minimalist lines as the rest of the Audi range. In fact I had several strangers telling me that it was a nice looking car during the few days that I had it.

Inside though, it's a veritable feast of technology, especially when it comes to entertainment. Never before have I seen such a host of digital source options in a car - if you can't fit enough music in the A8, you must be planning a trip of global proportions. The reception from the integrated TV tuners is also staggeringly good.

Bluetooth phone support is also impressive, with voice dialling from your entire contacts list, without the need to record voice tags. The navigation system also works admirably with one of the best looking map displays that I've come across.

It's not all good news though. The lack of a touch-screen interface is disappointing, especially on a car of this calibre, while I would also have liked to have seen full seven digit postcode support. Also, although the communication features are good, the actual sound quality isn't as clear as it should be.

Cars like this don't come cheap, and this test car would set you back over £56,000 despite sporting the base engine option. That said, it won't cost you a fortune to run in terms of petrol, road tax or insurance. And if you want a car that's stuffed full of technology to keep you entertained while you're driving, the A8 definitely fits the bill.

rav

April 14, 2009, 5:37 am

Of everything I've ready about in TR over the last 5 years this has to come top of my most wanted list. I'd rather have the 4.0 TDI though.

jopey

April 14, 2009, 6:33 am

If anyone reading this is actually going to buy this car... can you just give me the 㿏,000 which you'll lose in 1st year depreciation..? and I'll treat you exactly like an audi driver as you go past in a Mondeo. You won't know the difference, I swear. Tell you what, credit crunch.. I'll do you the same deal for 30K, I can't say fairer than that.

Chocoa

April 14, 2009, 6:42 am

we had to install a high gain antenna on the roof, mounted on a pole just to get Freeview reception. Despite this, the A8 managed to pickup Freeview stations flawlessly while sitting in the car park.





Hmmm, guys, maybe you should look for a better antenna and installer if a car can do it better!

Riyad

April 14, 2009, 7:00 am

@ravmania - I think I'd go for the V10 S8 if had to have an A8. Although in reality it's an RS4 that I'm after.





@Chocoa - As for reception, there is a gargantuan tree directly between the office and the nearest transmitter, so I'm assuming there is better line of sight from the car park. The reception from the Audi's TV tuner was impressive nonetheless.

Robert Elliot

April 14, 2009, 2:16 pm

You don't mention whether it has A2DP? That's my preferred method for playing music in the car - keep it on my phone.

Riyad

April 16, 2009, 7:58 pm

@Robert Elliot - I couldn't find an A2DP option on the A8, but there was so much to wade through that I could have missed it. That said, with so many source options already at your disposal, A2DP may have appeared superfluous.

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