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2017 Audi A8: New Car Review

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author photo by Autotrader February 2017

The 2017 Audi A8 officially marks the end for this generation. An all-new version is anticipated for the 2018 model year, which means it will arrive at some point during the 2017 calendar year. Any disadvantages the current A8 has against newer, tech-rich rivals like the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class should be reversed when Audi releases the 2018 version.

In the meantime, the 2017 A8 is still a flagship sedan to be reckoned with. The styling seems untouched by the years, and the cabin remains modern yet welcoming. The A8 has always had a futuristic edge: It was the first of its kind to use an aluminum space frame on which aluminum panels were mounted. This created a lighter car, giving the A8 an advantage not just in fuel consumption but also in the driving experience. The current A8 is available in long-wheelbase form only (just like the German competition).

What's New for 2017?

That remarkable W12 engine has been discontinued. This means there's a new range-topping model, with some equipment being redistributed. Propulsion choices are now a supercharged V6 or a turbocharged V8 — neither unit is exactly a hardship.

What We Like

Sublime interior; punchy V6; authoritative V8; composed handling; all-wheel drive as standard

What We Don't

Ready for replacement; relatively small trunk; rearview camera not standard in the 3.0T; 20-inch wheel/tire combination brings more road noise and a firmer ride

How Much?

$83,450-$92,450

Fuel Economy

Every version has an 8-speed automatic transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system.

The 3.0T uses a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine making 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel consumption at 19 mpg city/29 mpg hwy

The 4.0T model enjoys a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 450 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city/29 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Audi A8 comes in 3.0T and 4.0T Sport versions.

The 3.0T ($83,450) has 19-in alloy wheels, full LED lighting, adaptive air suspension, keyless entry/ignition, quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, dual-pane acoustic glass, heated power-folding side mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, power door-closers, Drive Select (adjustable steering, suspension and throttle settings), leather upholstery, 14-way power adjustable heated front seats with memory settings, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, power sunshades for the rear window and rear side windows. Audi's proprietary MMI infotainment system includes a retractable 8-in thin-film-transistor display, Bluetooth, a touchpad with handwriting recognition, navigation with Google Earth street views, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, voice control and a Bose 630-watt 14-speaker surround-sound system with a CD/DVD player, iPod integration, twin SD-card slots and satellite radio.

The 4.0T Sport ($92,450) brings 20-in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery with diamond-pattern stitching, a faux-suede headliner, 22-way ventilated/massaging front seats with power lumbar adjustment, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, top-view and corner-view cameras, a blind spot monitoring system and a heads-up display.

Many standard features in the 4.0T Sport are available as options in the 3.0T. Other extras include forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, sport seats and heated/ventilated power adjustable rear outboard seats. The 4.0T Sport is eligible for an infrared-based night-vision system with detection of pedestrians and large animals, a 1,400-watt 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system. An electronic rear differential for improved handling and variable-ratio steering are in the optional Dynamic Package.

Trunk space is 14.2 cu ft., which isn't as good as some midsize sedans. At least there's a hands-free power trunk lid.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes stability and taction control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, active front head restraints and 10 airbags (front, front-side, front-knee, rear-side and full-length side-curtain), as well as a range of advanced safety technologies including lane-departure warning with active lane-keep assist and a collision mitigation feature that closes the sunroof and windows and pre-tightens seat belts in the event of hard braking.

The A8 has not been crash-tested in the United States.

Behind the Wheel

This is one of the nicest cabins in the automotive world. Materials are consistently superb, and practically everything has an expensive, precisely engineered feel. The 8-in display is a beauty, especially when calling up Google Earth for a 3-D street view. The front seats are undoubtedly comfortable, but the don't have any wow-factor features like the S-Class sedan's active side bolsters.

Both engines are satisfying in their own ways. The supercharged V6 is remarkably potent for its size, while the twin-turbo V8 is a fabulous choice for those who appreciate both speed and subtlety. It's strong, smooth and fuel-efficient.

The standard all-wheel-drive system is already a performance plus with its 40/60 front/rear power split, but it's enhanced by that optional electronic rear differential.

The A8 has a smoother ride than lesser Audis thanks to its air suspension. Even so, make sure you're satisfied with the ride quality on rough pavement if you want those 20-in wheels. Road noise can also be an issue with this setup.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 BMW 7 Series-- To luxuriate in the back is wonderful; to be in the driver's seat is glorious.

2017 Cadillac CT6 -- There's no V8 option, but the CT6 has everything else required to compete at the highest level. And turbocharged V6 engines are really good these days.

2017 Jaguar XJ -- For the luxury-car buyer who likes being behind the wheel, this is worth a look. A new generation is in the pipeline, though.

2017 Lexus LS -- The LS is the least engaging to drive in this group, but that may not be an issue for some, and they'll still like the quality and dependability.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- A technological masterpiece, the S-Class's driving experience is more pleasant than thrilling. But it's undeniably luxurious, and the attention to detail is mind-blowing.

2017 Porsche Panamera -- All-new for 2017 with arguably more successful styling, and still with breathtaking performance and dynamics for which Porsche is justifiably renowned.

Used Bentley Flying Spur -- Even though it's huge and high-quality, the Flying Spur might surprise a few people with its excellent driving abilities.

Autotrader's Advice

Anyone hoping to score a sweet deal on a new A8 probably won't find a better time than now. Why not get the V8? It uses only a tad more fuel than the V6.

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