Audi A8 Saloon 2003-2007

Audi A8 Saloon 2003-2007

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • It is a fast car with the latest technology
  • Cheaper than rivals BMW and Mercedes
  • Excellent build quality
  • Lightweight aluminium body

Cons:

  • Loses its resale value quickly
  • Repairs are expensive
  • Thick centre and rear pillars reduce side visibility

Overview

The Audi A8 comes with new generation technology and a state of the art interior. It comes in the form of a long and short wheel base with the long wheel base adding 5 inches to the rear legroom and increasing the height by 0.43 inches. The A8 comes with numerous features as standard that are optional choices for their rivals BMW and Mercedes. The new look of the A8 is extra ordinarily designed and is all about magnificence with the interior being given exquisite German interior decoration. The car runs remarkably smooth on Broadway with a good speed.

Exterior and Interior

The A8 is designed with pure luxury in mind and with starter button with fingerprint recognition, automatic defogging, parking sensors, cruise control, and leather seat trim as standard it definitely succeeds. The ride is extremely comfortable with enough room in the front for the driver and passenger. There is also plenty of room for three people to sit comfortably in the back. Audi have implemented the Multimedia Interface (MMI) display based infotainment into the A8 from where you can control pretty much everything and has proves far more intuitive to use than the BMW's iDrive. The A8 comes with a multitude of safety features including front and side airbags for all occupants, ABS, padded driver's footwell, traction control and an extremely strong body which all help to keep the occupants safe.

Performance and Economy

For the A8 there is a range of 7 petrol engines and 3 diesels to choose from. However the most sensible options to go for would be the 3.0-litre diesel which manages 32mpg, the best in the range, and the 3.2-litre petrol achieving 28mpg. Four-wheel-drive comes fitted to most models of the car but the handling is beautiful with remarkably good body control in the corners. Air suspension comes fitted as standard throughout the whole range which has four different settings to choose from and can be lowered to a height of 5.7 inches above the road for those larger road obstacles as well as being lowered as low as 3.7 inches for when driving on the motorway.

Like to Drive

The ride is almost completely silent with no road noise coming into the car whatsoever. Thanks to the aluminium body and components used in the A8, including the four-wheel-drive system, make the car feel like you're driving a smaller more nimble vehicle. The rear seats are unable to fold down to increase the boot space but with a 1.2 meter long space it's unlikely you would ever need to fold them down.

Faults and Repairs

The repair costs for Audi A8's are extremely expensive as are the regular services that should be carried out on the car. It is strongly advised that you take the Audi A8 to a franchised dealership as these are the only mechanics likely to have the tools and knowledge to fix and maintain this excellent, but complex car. There are not many faults that have been reported to date but when buying a second hand car carry out a proper inspection on the air suspension to make sure it's all in working order. Bear in mind that any major repairs, such as a new gearbox, will cost a fortune to fix so it is vital to make sure the car has been well maintained. Also the leather seats need to be cleaned periodically to be kept in a good condition.