2015 Audi A8 | new car review

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by
2015 Audi A8
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AEDAED 325,000 - 550,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

The 2015 A8 is a luxury saloon that, now in its third generation, still hasn't quite been able to capture the world’s imagination. It is a well designed, good looking car, but is sadly outdone by most of its rivals, especially when it comes to looks.

Pros

* Interior design could have some mistaken they were flying First Class on an airplane.

Cons

* Unimaginative exterior styling lets the A8 down majorly.

Looks

The 2015 Audi A8 possesses the standard-issue Audi front arrangement, with the big pronounced grille and mean-looking, LED headlamps. The back is tidy and also arranged in the conventional Audi style, and the sides are free from clutter. But, unless you know your cars, there is little about the A8 that jumps out at you.

2015 Audi S8 front

Feels

Thankfully things are greatly improved on the inside. The A8 is astonishingly comfortable and there is enough space inside to easily duck and cover when stopped next to an S Class at the traffic lights. With black leather embellishing the interior, it all looks superb, and even in beige you could be forgiven for thinking that you were flying First Class with Etihad.

2015 Audi A8 interior

Engineering

It has everything that you would expect from a luxury car of this type, including adaptive cruise control, adaptive air suspension, 360° cameras, and four-zone climate control. On the equipment front, it is not overshadowed by its rivals.

2015 Audi A8 side

What’s on offer?

There are four versions of the 2015 Audi A8 available in the UAE: the 50 TFSI, the 60 TFSI, the sporty S8, and the ferocious W12. The basic 3.0 litre model starts at AED 325,000, while the 520 horsepower generating S8 demands an eye watering AED 478,000. Not lacking on the power front, the A8 has what it takes to keep its rivals honest.

2015 Audi S8 rear

Summing it…

The 2015 Audi A8 is a good car, and you will be hard-pressed to fault the interior make up. But the biggest issue is the styling; it looks little different to a car half its price (the Audi A6), and at the board member’s annual party, when parked amongst the S Classes and XJs, that just won’t do.

2015 Audi A8 front

Specifications

Specifications2015 Audi A8 50 TFSI2015 Audi A8 60 TFSI2015 Audi A8 W12 FSI2015 Audi S8
Engine/ Cylinders3.0 litre / V64.0 litre Turbocharged / V86.3 litre / W124.0 litre Turbocharged / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
310 hp @ 6,500 RPM435 hp @ 6,000 RPM500 hp @ 6,200 RPM520 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
440 Nm @ 4,750 RPM600 Nm @ 5,000 RPM625 Nm @ 4,750 RPM650 Nm @ 5,500 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h5.9 secs4.6 secs4.6 secs4.1 secs
Top speed250 km/h250 km/h250 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 325,000AED 384,000AED 550,000AED 478,000

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