The 2019 Audi A8 is a behemoth, the luxury sedan of an adult man who is stuffed, powerful, and primed for six-digit self-donation. It is also a huge step towards full autonomous mobility. Well, maybe. Or not. We are not sure yet.
Audi A8 Outside 2019
This is the flagship model of the German automaker, a luxury four-wheel drive sled rivaling the BMW 7 Series and others. Available as a four or five seater, this is the car you would buy after making a partnership, or perhaps becoming the dean of a reputed university. In this segment, the trick is to balance technology, design and luxury. The A8 does it with aplomb. The front is equally impressive. The latest version of Audi’s ultra-bright Matrix LED and super-cool laser headlights are on offer. Audi spokespersons now seem confident that the A8 will bring both technologies to our shores. Crossed fingers.
New Audi A8 Inside
This is where the A8 shines. Literally. The soft ambient lighting and contour add to the ultra-soft leather seats, black piano trim and open pore ash inserts. The space is filled with first-class amenities.The cabin ionizer and the perfume dispenser have settings for summer and winter driving. The rear legrests provide a heating and massage feature. There are so many customizable features, the engineers really lost the account. (The best estimate is about 400 in total.)
Above all, you are struck by the lack of physical pimples. The A8 has more touch screens than a Cupertino dump. Even the air vents use vitreous and haptic sliders. They control everything from heating seats to the Bang & Olufsen 3D Surround stereo system. And, in a beautiful break from the convention, the Intelligent Handwriting Recognition Touchpad is both smart and able to recognize handwriting.
Engine of 2019 Audi A8
It delivered on straight lines, too. The base car, dubbed A8 55 TFSI, has a 3.0-liter turbo V6, good for 340 hp. The premium model, the A8 65 TFSI, has a 4.0-liter V-8 turbo rated at 460 hp. Both are smooth and quiet but, as expected, the extra momentum of the V-8 has won us over. Regardless of the number of cylinders, you get a “light hybrid” system that recovers energy during deceleration and uses a starter-alternator to stop the engine coasting.