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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.

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