• (4.9) 14 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $20,844–$45,424
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 16-21
  • Engine: 333-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2013 Audi A8

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Audi A8

What We Don't Like

  • Trunk size
  • Firmer ride with sport package
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Wonky steering

Notable Features

  • 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

2013 Audi A8 Reviews

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.
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

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

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


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Most Luxurios Car I've owned

by Audiman from Springfield on October 11, 2017

Exceeded all of my needs and expectations. High quality and full of features. The smooth ride and luxurious interior can make anyone fall in love with the car. All seat recline and massage your back a... Read Full Review

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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.

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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).

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