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2019 Audi A8

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$83,800 — $83,800 MSRP
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4-5 Seats
22 MPG
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Overview

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(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Hardware for advanced autonomous capability
  • Huge backseat
  • Luxurious interior
  • New (for Audi) two-touchscreen media and control system, no knob controller
  • Optional electronic suspension adapts to driving dynamics, road hazards

The Bad

  • Most advanced autonomous capabilities await U.S. approval
  • Exterior design very conservative
  • Stretched L model is only choice for U.S.
  • Minimalist dashboard design
2019 Audi A8 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Audi A8
  • Redesigned for 2019
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with light-hybrid system
  • V-8 and plug-in hybrid versions to come
  • LED headlights and taillights

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

When it comes to sheer technology, few cars are as anticipated as the Audi A8: A flagship sedan that Audi says is the world’s first production car that can drive itself and monitor your surroundings – in certain situations.


The U.S. version of the redesigned, tech-loaded 2019 Audi A8, which had its world debut in Spain this past summer, hits dealerships in fall 2018. 

Exterior
The new A8 is an evolution, not a revolution, for Audi design. Audi calls it “the start of a new era” that will show up in other Audi models, but the new A8 has a strong resemblance to the 2018 model as well as other current Audi models. The 58 percent-aluminum body does have crisper, flatter lines and a bigger, wider version of Audi’s trademark Singleframe grille.

Lighting is upgraded with high-definition Matrix LED headlights and rear lamps with organic light-emitting diode technology and startup features that Audi calls a “dynamic light show.”

Interior
The new A8’s interior is a bigger design change from the current model. It features a look that is more minimalist industrial chic than the elaborate style and shapes you’ll find in the new Lexus LS 500. The dashboard has a simplified design with ventilation ducts covered by motorized doors and a large gloss-black panel below that stretches the width of the car.

The most striking feature of the new interior, however, particularly for longtime Audi fans, is what’s not there: The traditional knob and button controls for the new-generation multimedia system have disappeared. Instead, the A8 has a pair of stacked central screens for media and control functions.

The upper 10.1-inch screen is the main display...


The U.S. version of the redesigned, tech-loaded 2019 Audi A8, which had its world debut in Spain this past summer, hits dealerships in fall 2018. 

Exterior
The new A8 is an evolution, not a revolution, for Audi design. Audi calls it “the start of a new era” that will show up in other Audi models, but the new A8 has a strong resemblance to the 2018 model as well as other current Audi models. The 58 percent-aluminum body does have crisper, flatter lines and a bigger, wider version of Audi’s trademark Singleframe grille.

Lighting is upgraded with high-definition Matrix LED headlights and rear lamps with organic light-emitting diode technology and startup features that Audi calls a “dynamic light show.”

Interior
The new A8’s interior is a bigger design change from the current model. It features a look that is more minimalist industrial chic than the elaborate style and shapes you’ll find in the new Lexus LS 500. The dashboard has a simplified design with ventilation ducts covered by motorized doors and a large gloss-black panel below that stretches the width of the car.

The most striking feature of the new interior, however, particularly for longtime Audi fans, is what’s not there: The traditional knob and button controls for the new-generation multimedia system have disappeared. Instead, the A8 has a pair of stacked central screens for media and control functions.

The upper 10.1-inch screen is the main display, while the lower screen shows climate and other convenience controls, and it supports text input via keyboard or free-form writing, such as entering a destination. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration should feel more naturally phonelike with the touchscreen interface.

Both screens incorporate haptic feedback that provides audible and tactile response when used. The configurable instrument display is on another 10.1-inch display ahead of the driver. Wi-Fi is included, and the available premium sound is Bang & Olufsen 3-D surround.

Under the Hood
The U.S. version will launch with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and standard all-wheel drive. A light-hybrid system adds regenerative braking and a small battery that turns off the engine when stopped or coasting, then restarts it; the system also powers the available electronic suspension. The V-6 is expected to be followed later by a version with a 460-horsepower, turbo V-8 and an e-tron plug-in hybrid version that can drive up to 31 miles on electric power alone.

Available electronic chassis features include all-wheel steering that independently controls the front and rear axles. An available adaptive suspension uses rapid electric actuators on each wheel to increase or decrease the load in response to driving dynamics, as well as road conditions or hazards, such as potholes. On vehicles with an optional all-around collision sensing system, the suspension also can raise the side of the car if an impending side collision is sensed.

Advanced Driver Aids on the Way?
A central driver assistance controller monitors as many as 24 camera, radar, sonic and laser sensors, depending on the level of equipment, to create a picture of the A8’s surroundings that underpins a suite of available electronic driver aids. With artificial intelligence Traffic Jam Pilot, the A8 can fully drive itself at speeds up to 37 mph on highways with a physical barrier separating opposing lanes of traffic.

The catch is that Traffic Jam Pilot — which qualifies as SAE International Level 3 autonomy in that you can drive hands-free — won’t be available in the U.S. at launch due to safety regulations here. It is expected sooner in Europe. An Audi spokeswoman told Cars.com in an email that the automaker will continue to work with U.S. regulators to bring the technology to market.

Other AI self-driving features that will be available for the 2019 A8 include a new Park Pilot and Garage Pilot, which enable the car to steer itself hands-free into and out of a parallel parking spot or a perpendicular spot in a garage or lot. You don’t even have to be in the car to do it. You can point the car at the spot and then get out to start and monitor the action with your smartphone.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Value For The Money
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WHY ONLY BLACK OR BROWN INTERIOR??

by dsrtglfr from Sioux FAlls, SD on November 19, 2018

Great car...I've been waiting 18 months for it to arrive to replace my 2015 A8. Now that it shows up, however, the Germans are only delivering it with black or brown interiors. This would look ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Audi A8 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 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.
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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.

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