The 2014 Audi A8 Quattro is a luxury sedan all-wheel -drive is offered in regular and long wheelbase versions, the latter identified by an L plate and awarded an additional 5 inches of rear legroom. The Trim levels include 3.0T, 3.0TL, 3.0 L TDI, 4.0T and L W12 4.0TL. Each designation corresponds to the type of wheelbase and engine. The high-performance Audi S8 is reviewed separately.
Standard features for the 3.0T base include 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights, sunroof, adaptive air suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming, power folding mirrors, heated 12- way adjustable front seats with driver memory, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, aluminum and wood interior trim, power rear visor, trunk lid and doors electrically operated soft close. Electronic properties in the cabin include keyless ignition, navigation system, rearview camera, electronic interface for Audi MMI with Voice Control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a Bose surround sound system with CD player and iPod interface. Also included Audi Connect.
Although the A8 3.0T is well equipped, there are a number of options available. With the package you get the warm climate control of four climate zones, along with power rear side window sunshades. An Extended Leather package wrapped armrests, center console and steering wheel airbag cover in leather. In model L 3.0T long battle, the warm weather package, extended leather package interior and piano black inlays are included as standard.
For any of wheelbase, the 3.0T buyers can choose to add the Premium Package, which includes 22 -way comfort -contour front seats with ventilation and pneumatic massage, full LED headlights, a warning system and blind spot system rear collision mitigation. A Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel, ski bag for the rear seat rear seat pass-through and heated. A deluxe package includes a faux suede lining, leather upholstery and upgraded dual pane glass. The rear seat Comfort Plus package includes a five-passenger configuration with separate rear with ventilation and massage side power seats and front passenger seat adjustment from rear seat.
A8 For a sportier, the Sport Plus package an air suspension sport adapted, adaptable direction and limited-slip rear differential is applied. Finally, the package includes a driver assistance system first view parking camera, adaptive cruise control, a system lane departure warning, the deluxe version Pre -Sense Plus Collision Warning Audi and the braking system and automatic high beam control. The options include a panoramic sunroof, a solar sliding roof, a Bang & Olufsen sound system of care, a night vision camera and a system entertainment for rear seat.
The 4.0T model has the same standard equipment as the 3.0T model, except for the addition of technology of Active Noise Cancellation (included to compensate for cylinder deactivation system of its V8 engine), while the L and L 4.0 TDI T is equipped like the L 3.0T. These models also feature similar to the 3.0T models optional equipment, but also provide a design package that adds Selection Audi full leather, dual pane windows, unique stitching and piping an Alcantara headliner and unique wood and aluminum interior trim.
The L W12 prestige level is essentially a four-seat version fully loaded long wheelbase model that is driven by a 12-cylinder engine. Includes all the features listed above, except adaptive cruise control (prevention system and most advanced collision that comes with it), solar sunroof, premium Bang & Olufsen audio and night vision camera-all of which options still stand-alone. Also note that the 2014 Audi A8 L W12 rolls on 20-inch wheels and comes with standard adaptive direction. Optional Rear Seat Comfort is the Executive package. Includes a rear seat with a footrest relaxation engine, a seat 10-way power passenger a refrigerated cooler and an outlet of 115 volts.
Also the driver assistance package W12, which includes adaptive cruise control, a warning system and lane departure warning and collision braking system. Other packages include options for the W12 Sport Package (sport suspension plus limited slip differential) and the Audi design package Selection.
2014 Audi A8 Interior
As the flagship Audi A8 2014 represents the best the company has to offer. With exquisite materials combined with impeccable craftsmanship, cabin is one of best in any luxury flagship sedan. As expected, comfort is a priority and in A8 offers heaping portions. Improved seats are in the premium adjusted in many ways that Audi needed to invent a more advanced control them half package, and ultimately ensure that drivers of any size or shape find an optimal position for engines out countless miles. the rear seat comfort is also noteworthy, especially in versions of long wheelbase that provide an expansive 43 inches of rear legroom.
For technophiles, multiple interface media Audi offers a long list of features through a crystal clear display. There is a bit of a learning curve to it, but with a little time, numerous systems control becomes second nature. The unique remote touchpad also functions as a radio preset panel. It may seem superfluous novelty at first, but turns out to be as useful as it is cool. If there is a complaint that seems to get more than others, would be the lack of space in the trunk of the A8. In a paltry 13.2 cubic feet capacity is much lower than its competitors and not nearly enough to accommodate luggage for four adults.
2014 Audi A8 Engine
On base model 2014 Audi A8 is a supercharged 3.0-liter, V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque. All this power is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. In the tests, a 3.0T L long wheelbase with optional Sport Plus package accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which is faster than all V6- powered competitors and just below the engine V8 packing.
Also standard on the V6 is a function of stop-start that shuts off the engine when the car stops. Helps increase fuel economy, which is pretty good for this class of car at an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 21 mpg in combined driving for either wheelbase. 2014 Audi A8 new feature this year is a V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel rated at 240 horsepower and 406 lb- ft of torque. In our tests, a TDI A8 took 6.3 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. At 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined, fuel economy with this engine is outstanding, and the engine comes only with long wheelbase configuration.
The turbo 4.0-liter V8 produces 420 horsepower and 444 lb- ft of torque. Stop -Start, a gearbox eight-speed and all-wheel drive are also standard. In testing, a 4.0T A8 L ran to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The EPA estimates 4.0T should earn 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined, or nearly same as supercharged V6. The 4.0TL is only slightly thirstier at 16/26/19 mpg.
2014 Audi A8 comes with the 6.3-liter W12 engine only comes in long-wheelbase configuration. The 12-cylinder engine that makes 500 horsepower and 463 pound- feet of torque. As with all A8s, eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. Weighing about 200 pounds more than the 4.0TL, the A8 L W12 will reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, the according to Audi. The 2014 Audi A8, EPA estimates fuel economy at 13/21/16 mpg.
2014 Audi A8 Security
Standard safety equipment for each 2014 Audi A8 includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, the full-length side curtain airbags, the front side airbags and rear seat airbags and active front headrests duration. A rearview camera is standard on most A8s, while the W12 gets a set of cameras enhanced with a screen top view. A blind spot monitor system and lane departure warning are offered in a couple of option packages available. Also optional Pre -Sense Plus, which uses radar system adaptive cruise control to control traffic and alerts the driver if a collision is detected, even applying the brakes. A night vision camera is a separate option.
In brake testing a V6- powered A8 with optional summer tires, the car stopped from 60 mph in an impressive 104 feet short. With the same tires, the TDI model needed only 109 meters. A 3.0T A8 with all-season tires took us to a stop in 121 feet, which is the average for similarly equipped cars in class. The 4.0T A8 L with all-season tires stopped from 60 mph in 114 feet.