2019 Audi A8: Should You Cancel That BMW 7-Series And Mercedes S-Class?

Consumer Reports drove the eighth-gen Audi A8, admitting that it was one of the most impressive cars they ever tested.

The flagship sedan’s strong nature is defined by lots of characteristics, that masterfully blend in together to create one of the most comfortable cars on sale that doesn’t shout (that much) opulence through its large grille with horizontal slats.

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As the reviewer admitted, the 2019 A8 is immensely satisfying to drive. The ride feels like a magic carpet, thanks to the standard air suspension that does a great job at absorbing most bumps in the road. Should you want to see what it’s made of, all you have to do is choose the Dynamic driving mode, which makes everything firmer and more responsive. Also, the soundproofing of the cabin is truly great, as occupants feel isolated from the exterior environment.

Unsurprisingly, it feels like a large car in crowded cities, but the reasonably good visibility all around, combined with the 360-degree camera system and front and rear parking sensors, do make it easier to maneuver in tight spots. Ingress and egress is not a problem either, regardless if it’s the front or rear passenger compartment, and neither is legroom or headroom. However, for a car this big, the boot is actually small, CR noted in their video review. Elsewhere, the two-screen setup is easy to master and very intuitive.

Getting the A8 experience on a daily basis requires spending a minimum of $83,800. The BMW 7-Series starts at $86,450 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes from $91,250 on this side of the pond.


  • PK

    I would buy the S Class no questions asked!

  • TheBelltower

    I used to lust after the D3 A8 way before I could ever afford one. Those are still good looking cars. Now I wouldn’t’ even consider an A8. It’s so boring.

  • Bash

    I would not choose the A8 over the s class or the 7 series.. I would choose it over the XJ though.

  • benT

    Should You Cancel That 7-Series/S-Class?
    YES !!
    Get a Tesla S 100D Ludicrous

    • Matteo Tommasi

      If you want to feel like you’re driving a 30 years old S-class, buy a Tesla S: the plastics are the same.

      • benT

        Ludicrous proposition

    • Mr. EP9

      No. Just as the other guy said, no one wants to feel like they are driving a 30 year old S-Class.

  • kenny sauray

    S-class has always been and I suspect will always be in a league of its own. These are nice, but they are always a year or 2 behind the S-class.

  • Merc1

    This car couldn’t be a bigger dud design wise. Just awful.


    • OS

      what car do you drive?

      • Kagan

        Irrelevant qustion.


    Mercedes almost killed Maybach, so they can show their best on S slass. BMW and Audi have RR and Bentley, so they can’t create real S class competitor on it’s own brand

  • Daniela Wolf

    How on earth is it a VW ? Tell us…

  • J. P.

    S-Class is much better in my opinion because I think Mercedes-Benz puts even more work when designing it than BMW or Audi

  • Gargamel

    Audi car designs need to come out of the 80s. BMW car designs need to go back to the 80s.

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