• (4.5) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $19,129$44,221
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 17-23
  • Engine: 372-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Audi A8

Our Take on the 2012 Audi A8

The A8, Audi's full-size flagship sedan, was redesigned for 2011. It competes with the BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XJ in a segment dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The fourth-generation A8, which seats up to five, brought evolutionary exterior styling, a revamped interior, improved gas m... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Trunk size
  • Modest V-8 performance under full loads
  • Firmer ride with sport package
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Wonky steering

Notable Features

  • New 12-cylinder flagship model
  • 4.2-liter V-8 engine also offered
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Regular- and long-wheelbase versions
  • Standard Google Earth and Wi-Fi capability

2012 Audi A8 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

There is no time in my life that I've needed a car as much as I need the 2012 Audi A8 L. This sedan practically thinks for me and it massages me while I drive the safe, comfortable long-wheelbase A8 L. But there's also no time in my life when I've been as ill-prepared to afford this super luxury car as right now with my three small kids and their Montessori tuition, child-care ... Read full review for the 2012 Audi A 8

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Performance & luxury but...

by Second chance blown... from Chicago,IL on July 13, 2014

This is my second Audi and perhaps the last. For 100K+ you'll get performance and ultimate luxury, but it seems to all stop there. In the first 4,000 miles all warning lights lit up like Xmas lights. ... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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2012 Audi A8 Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


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

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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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