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Comfort and prestige defined last-gen Audi A8

One of the best ways to cut through upcoming winter driving conditionsis in the lap of German engineered AWD luxury from the driver’s seat ofan Audi A8.

One of the best ways to cut through upcoming winter driving conditions is in the lap of German engineered AWD luxury from the driver’s seat of an Audi A8.

The last-generation of Audi’s flagship sedan model was available from 2004 to 2010.

It packed plenty of space, 8- or 12-cylinder power and Quattro All Wheel Drive (AWD) on all models. Translation? The A8 can comfortably eat any of Mother Nature’s nastiest winter conditions for lunch.

Engine

A8 came with a proven 4.2-litre V-8 developing between 330 and 350 horsepower.

A six-litre W-12 engine was also available with 450 horsepower.

What owners like

Owners rave about a sense of style, status and exclusivity, as well as a long list of safety features and the confidence of Quattro AWD.

Comfort, space and performance were all highly rated, too.

What owners dislike

Some owners wish their A8’s were easier to park, and others wish for better fuel mileage. Finally, many A8 owners report a learning curve required to use the more advanced controls.

Common issues

Numerous Audi owner forums recommend avoiding the first year (2004) of this A8 generation, as it seems less reliable. The A8 should also be scrutinized for electrical problems, with shoppers advised to ensure all power accessories, readouts and lights work as expected. Avoid A8 models with the adaptive air suspension, which will be expensive to fix if it fails.

As a bare minimum, visit an Audi garage and have your used A8 candidate checked for coolant, oil and transmission fluid leaks.

Verdict

If you’re comfortable with the potential maintenance pricetag, a well-maintained A8 will deliver confident, year-round motoring enjoyment in one of the market’s most highly envied large sedans.

 
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