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2013 Audi A8

$19,054 — $35,678 USED
Sedan
4-5 Seats
16-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Well-crafted cabin
  • MMI interface
  • Handling
  • High-tech safety features

The Bad

  • Trunk size
  • Firmer ride with sport package
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Wonky steering
2013 Audi A8 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Audi A8
  • New supercharged V-6 and turbo V-8 engine offerings
  • Available 12-cylinder engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Regular- and long-wheelbase versions
  • Standard Google Earth and Wi-Fi capability

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The A8, Audi's full-size flagship sedan, 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 and improved gas mileage. All-wheel drive is standard and the A8 is offered in standard-wheelbase and extended-length L form.

Audi offers a high-performance S8 that makes 520 horsepower. It's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
The 4.2-liter V-8 has been dropped, and two new engines are available for the A8. There's a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. With the introduction of the new V-6, the A8's starting price drops by about $6,500 compared with last year.
Exterior
The A8's styling is marked by the incorporation of Audi's distinctive white LED daytime running lights in the shape of checkmarks underneath the headlights. Taking it a step further, Audi makes all the lights available as LED, including low beams, high beams, signals, markers and cornering lights. In this arrangement, the low beams themselves comprise multiple LED segments that follow the checkmark curve of the running lights, and the LED high beams remain at the top in a more conventional projector-beam shape.

Overall length on the standard 117.8-inch wheelbase sedan is 202.2 inches. The L models are 122.9 inches in wheelbase and 207.4 overall. Exterior features include:

  • St...
Vehicle Overview

The A8, Audi's full-size flagship sedan, 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 and improved gas mileage. All-wheel drive is standard and the A8 is offered in standard-wheelbase and extended-length L form.

Audi offers a high-performance S8 that makes 520 horsepower. It's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2013
The 4.2-liter V-8 has been dropped, and two new engines are available for the A8. There's a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. With the introduction of the new V-6, the A8's starting price drops by about $6,500 compared with last year.
Exterior
The A8's styling is marked by the incorporation of Audi's distinctive white LED daytime running lights in the shape of checkmarks underneath the headlights. Taking it a step further, Audi makes all the lights available as LED, including low beams, high beams, signals, markers and cornering lights. In this arrangement, the low beams themselves comprise multiple LED segments that follow the checkmark curve of the running lights, and the LED high beams remain at the top in a more conventional projector-beam shape.

Overall length on the standard 117.8-inch wheelbase sedan is 202.2 inches. The L models are 122.9 inches in wheelbase and 207.4 overall. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels; available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers
  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard headlight washers
  • Standard power glass sunroof
  • Available powered trunk lid

Interior
The A8 seats four or five people depending on the rear-seat configuration, and all models have leather upholstery. The interior was modernized, especially in terms of high-tech features, with the redesign. The automatic transmission's gear selector is a shift-by-wire handle on the center console, an approach similar to what BMW uses in its 7 Series. The A8's Multi Media Interface was upgraded with improved menus and a touchpad that recognizes handwriting, giving a new way to input characters for the standard navigation system.

A premium Bang & Olufsen stereo option has 19 channels, 21 speakers and more than 1,400 watts of amplifier power. Interior features include:

  • Standard navigation system with Google Earth
  • Standard dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Available rear air-conditioning controls
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Standard heated front seats; ventilation available
  • Standard CD stereo

Under the Hood
Three engines are offered, and all of them team with an eight-speed automatic transmission and drive all four wheels through Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • Optional 420-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Optional 500-hp, 6.3-liter 12-cylinder
  • Quattro all-wheel drive has a 40/60 torque split (front/rear), giving the car more of a sporty rear-wheel-drive feel
  • Optional rear sport differential

Safety
Available safety features include a blind spot warning system, a lane departure warning system and night vision, which shows the road ahead on the instrument panel and can detect and highlight pedestrians and animals.

The optional adaptive cruise control's radar sensor detects impending collisions. At first, the system sounds a warning and jolts the brakes momentarily if the A8 closes too quickly on an obstacle. If a crash is unavoidable, another available system can initiate full braking to soften the impact. Standard safety features include:

  • Front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Knee airbag
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

A Step up from a BMW 750LI

by run2jazz2 from Charlotte on November 2, 2018

Great car and its styling is impeccable. Can't wait to get it on a road trip on the highway. It will be a different drive for me simply using my Chevy Suburban for family trips but this might be a ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love every minute that I am driving this car!

by MikeintheATL from Atlanta on October 20, 2018

While maintenance is on the high side, the performance, quality and ergonomics more than make up for that. This is a very under-rated car and it is a gas to drive. I have the 4.0 Twin-Turbo and it was ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Audi A8 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Audi A8 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker