2012 Audi A8 Reviews & Lease Deals

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2012 Audi A8 Quick Facts

Good fuel economy with V8

Top-notch interior quality

Standard all-wheel drive

Quirky gearshift lever

Poor rearward visibility

Small trunk

The 2012 Audi A8 ranks 4 out of 12 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on U.S. News analysis of 35 published reviews and test drives of the Audi A8, and U.S.

News analysis of reliability and safety data.

For 2012, the Audi A8 continues to offer excellent handling, standard all-wheel drive and an opulent, tech-heavy interior.

As Audi’s flagship sedan, the 2012 A8 offers all the technology, comfort and performance that reviewers expect from a super luxury car. From a performance standpoint, the A8 is a super-luxury Jack-of-all-trades. It’s sportier than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS, but more comfort-tuned than the Porsche Panamera and BMW 7-Series.

Combine that composed, just-right handling with the A8’s standard all-wheel drive and good fuel economy, and the A8 sounds like a sedan that even Goldilocks could love. But compared with many V8 super luxury cars, the base A8 is short on horsepower. Most reviewers say that the lack of power isn’t an issue, since the engine is well-paired to the eight-speed transmission, but others want performance that rivals cars like the BMW 750i and Porsche Panamera S.

Test drivers say the A8’s cabin is exceptionally crafted, and the standard MMI infotainment system now features Google Earth views on its navigation screen and available Wi-Fi connectivity, thanks to a SIM card in the A8’s dash. Reviewers like the design and features inside the A8, but note that it packs less cargo space than many competing luxury sedans. Passenger space, on the other hand is ample.

One reviewer notes that perhaps the A8’s biggest shortcoming is likely that it lacks the panache and brand recognition of its European rivals. Combined with understated exterior styling, the 2012 Audi A8 lacks the commanding presence of cars like the S-Class and Panamera.

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If you’re looking for a car with an equally luxurious interior, and are willing to trade some of the A8’s sporty performance characteristics for a lower base price, consider the Lexus LS. Reviewers rave about the LS’ luxurious interior and comfortable ride, but note that the LS can get pricey when you start adding options.

The BMW 7-Series is also a worthy competitor if you want a more engaging driving experience. Reviewers say the 7-Series is nimbler than the A8, and it’s available with multiple drivetrain configurations. However, most agree that the A8 has a nicer interior, and if you’re drawn to Audi’s standard all-wheel drive, you’ll have to add it as an option on both the BMW and the Lexus.

The 2012 Audi A8 comes in two trims: the A8 and the extended-wheelbase A8 L. A V8 engine and all-wheel drive come standard on both models, while an optional W12 engine is now available on the A8 L. See the full 2012 Audi A8 specs.

Reviewers say the base 2012 Audi A8 offers good handling, all-wheel drive traction and excellent fuel economy, right out of the box, but rivals from Jaguar, Mercedes and BMW all offer more power.

The 2012 Audi A8 gets mixed reviews for its exterior styling. While some critics say the A8 is attractive, others comment that it looks too similar to Audi’s upscale midsize car, the smaller Audi A4.

The 2012 Audi A8 offers all the comfort, tech and luxury that reviewers have come to expect, but offers less cargo space than rivals like the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The 2012 Audi A8 has not been crash tested by the federal government or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2012 Audi A8 reliability score shown is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. The 2012 Audi A8 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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