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A useful over the V8, but we prefer four-wheel drive in our A8s

Our Verdict

Audi A8

The Audi A8 is a highly capable and desirable luxury saloon that's very easy to live with, despite its flaws

6 August 2005

What’s new?

All A8s now receive the love-it-or-loathe-it grille that used to be on the W12 only. This is the updated entry level model, fitted with the new, more efficient, 3.2-litre FSI V6 engine. It’s still front-wheel drive, but now gets a unique-to-the-class constantly variable transmission (CVT).

What’s it like?

The new V6 murmurs purposefully and feels more than up to the task of propelling the A8 with executive ease. The performance figures are highly respectable for such a big car, due in part to VW’s FSI technology. And even if you’re not a fan of CVT gearboxes you’d have to admit it does a good job in this application.

Should I buy one?

If you’re just padding around town or spend most of your time on the motorway it’s worth buying and saving £5k over a 3.7-litre V8 quattro — the V6 is more than up to the job. And on the smaller, 17-inch wheels it rides nicely. However, factor in some spirited B-road driving — especially in the wet — and you might want more than just the front wheels driven.

Adam Towler

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