2009 Audi A8

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2 reviews
Available Price Range $12,035-$29,331 Trims3 Combined MPG 16-19 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2009 Audi A8

Our Take

Audi's flagship A8 full-size luxury sedan is available in regular- and long-wheelbase (A8 L) form. It competes with the BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The standard V-8 ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Excessive downshifting on upgrades
  • Fuel economy
  • Price

Notable Features

  • V-8 or W-12 engine
  • Bang &amp
  • Olufsen stereo option
  • Six-speed Tiptronic automatic
  • 10 airbags, including knee airbags
  • Standard- or extended-length body
  • Quattro all-wheel drive


Our Expert Reviews

Test driving the 2009 A8 W12 is like auditioning at chauffeur school. "Yes, sir. No, sir. Right away, sir."You acquire manners without even realizing it.Drivers may sit behind the steering wheel, but the owner sits in the back. Why else would Audi provide more headroom, legroom and interior volume in the second row?People who buy this car, which starts at $120,000, don't worry about all of... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

5.0 out of 5

Based on 2 reviews

Great car ... So far

by Road tripper from Boston, Ma on July 9, 2011

Bought the car 2 weeks ago. I was looking for a luxury sedan that would be comfortable for long trips. Test drove BMW 750, Mercedes S550, and Audi A8L. The A8L was the best combination of luxury, perf... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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