Audi A8 | Auto Express

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Audi A8

Verdict

The new 2.8-litre FSI offers the quality and comfort you would from the big Audi, plus performance. But it’s the class-leading CO2 that make this model so important – as it opens up the of A8 ownership to a whole new group of users.

What to do about You can’t see, smell or it – but its existence is driving car companies

A raft of new laws is making that emit lots of the gas to own – yet for the time being, the technology to the problem has proven even costly, partic-ularly in the luxury car

However, things are beginning to and a new breed of models is being which is beginning to address the

Audi’s latest 2.8-litre A8 is a perfect example. Developed as of a facelifted range, the big limousine a subtly updated look – and a new engine under the bonnet.

Cosmetic improvements include a grille, along with new mirrors and LED tail-lights. And under the the power-steering and standard adaptive have been reworked to sharper driving responses. more, the sound-deadening is enhanced to the A8’s already famed

Easily the most important for UK buyers, though, is the fresh 2.8-litre FSI petrol engine. CO2 emissions of 199g/km – very low for the – it makes this A8 not only one of the affordable executive company car but also one of the least polluting.

The V6 is impressively smooth at constant although under hard there’s a strangely diesel-like Still, while it’s as tuneful nor as quick to rev as sportier powerplants, it delivers its torque as low as 3,000rpm. And, helped by the aluminium chassis, the unit more than enough performance.

Audi A8

The CVT gearbox provides smooth but drivers who want manual will be pleased to learn the model is fitted with wheel-mounted paddles. Yet whichever of the transmission you choose, the cabin is refined at motorway speeds, as you expect from the uprated insulation.

Meanwhile, new hi-tech include blind spot and departure warning systems – the was first seen on the Q7 SUV. colours and materials provide more choice inside, the layout is largely unchanged the pre-facelift car.

The new 2.8-litre FSI is available in Sport and SE and thanks to its low emissions and impressive returns of 34mpg, it’s as as a diesel luxury saloon. You pay for the with even entry-level costing nearly £50,000. But if you a longer-term view, choosing clean and efficient A8 is certain to pay both at the filling station and resale time.

RIVAL: MERCEDES S280

The S-Class has a 20bhp advantage the A8. But with CO2 emissions of 237g/km, it eight tax brackets higher, and so is costly as a company car.

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