2021 Audi A8 Model Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $85,600 MSRP
  • Standard 55 TFSI® (3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower / 369 lb-ft of torque), optional 60 TFSI® e Plug-In Hybrid (3.0-liter six-cylinder with electric motor and 443 horsepower / 516 lb-ft of torque) or available 60 TFSI® (4.0-liter TFSI® V8 with 453 horsepower / 487 lb-ft of torque) each including standard quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Eight speed tiptronic transmission and standard quattro® all-wheel drive with self-locking center differential
  • Rear Seat Entertainment system comprising of two Audi tablets and a detachable Rear Seat Remote
  • Audi AI traffic jam pilot - developed specially for Level 3 automated driving
  • Onboard Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to eight passenger devices with LTE capability
  • Touchscreen MMI system with haptic feedback for user-friendly operation
  • Available Bang & Olufsen with 3D surround sound
  • Audi AI active suspension - active electromechanical suspension system

About the Audi A8

Now in its fourth generation, the Audi A8 brings in a new area of design and style which places strong emphasis on striking elegance. Sitting atop the Audi sedan lineup, the A8 blends advanced technology with meticulous craftsmanship. Every element of the A8 has been painstakingly engineered to deliver superior refinement and improved efficiency. ASF® multi-material frame technology is used in the body composition of the A8, using 58 percent aluminum parts paired with hot-form steel and ultra-high strength carbon fiber reinforced polymer components. As an end result, these advancements provide stiffer body rigidity, improved handling, and help create a luxurious environment inside for both drivers and passengers. Exhilarating performance, groundbreaking technology, and superb comfort combine to help the Audi A8 maintain its position as a leader in the full size luxury sedan segment.

What the Critics Say

"Impressive passenger space is an A8 hallmark, and its long wheelbase ensures that rear-seat passengers are well accommodated. Fine materials are in abundance, and you can order up extended leather and a small forest's worth of wood inlays." -- Car and Driver

"The Audi A8 L has top-notch cabin finishes everywhere you look and touch. Trim accents are real wood, and you can cover practically all surfaces in soft, supple leather. The A8 isn't as over-the-top flashy and elegant as say, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is, preferring to create a more business-like atmosphere. The interior stays isolated from nearly all outside road, wind, and engine noise, further enhancing the serenity." -- U.S. News & World Report

What's New for 2021

Newly-standard features are among the key highlights of the changes to the Audi A8 lineup for the 2021 model year. This new standard equipment includes 22-way ventilated front seats, the Audi phone box, and top-view camera system with Virtual 360 view. A8 60 TFSI models now include the Sport style exterior kit, HD Matrix-design LED headlights, and Valcona leather interior. Last but not least, the two new option packages available on the Audi A8 are the Executive plus package and Black optic sport package for a bolder exterior appearance. 

Audi A8

Audi A8 Exterior

Audi A8 Features

2021 Audi A8 Exterior Styling

Exterior Design

Helping you make a grand entrance, the A8 sports a wide, upright Singleframe® grille which blends seamlessly into its flowing, muscular body design. Its confident proportions help enhance the front and rear wheel arches, indicating the superior capability offered from the standard quattro® all-wheel drive system. HD Matrix LED headlights along with rear lamps featuring OLED technology for superior clarity and illumination. Translate even the roughest road surfaces into a calm, tranquil ride thanks to the use of specialized lightweight materials in the underlying chassis structure of the A8.

2021 Audi A8 Interior

Interior Comfort

The cabin of the Audi A8 has been intelligently simplified, reimagined, and refined to deliver unparalleled comfort and luxury. Providing a tasteful accent, contour and ambient lighting highlights the fine details scattered throughout the interior. Even rear-seat occupants will find a serene escape from the busy outside world with numerous comfort features including a Rear Seat Entertainment system consists of two Audi tablets and a detachable Rear Seat Remote. Customize your infotainment and seating preferences by using the smartphone-sized OLED touch control remote. Take a seat in the relaxing right rear passenger seat, which features an available heated massaging footrest tucked discreetly on the rear of the front passenger seat to melt away your tension and stress.

2021 Audi A8 Technology


Replacing the previous generation's rotary/push button control and touchpad is the MMI touch response® system featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround. Improved Audi connect services now include a HERE-powered map and navigation system. This sophisticated system has the ability to learn over time through driven routes in order to provide smarter route guidance suggestions. If you begin a route on your smartphone using the myAudi app, it can seamlessly continue on the on-board system by stepping inside your A8. Enjoy your music exactly as it was intended to be heard thanks to the concert-type audio experience from the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system featuring 3D surround sound.

2021 Audi A8 Performance


Engineered to combine efficiency with smooth power delivery, the Audi A8 is powered by your choice of either a standard 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine, advanced e Plug-In Hybrid drivetrain, or an available 4.0-liter turbocharged V8. Designed to support the TFSI engine, both the 10Ah lithium-ion battery and belt-driven alternator starter (BAS) allows for the recuperation of power and is developed to provide a responsive, smooth, and efficient driving experience. You'll have complete command of all types of road conditions with standard quattro® all-wheel drive and a self-locking center differential. Other cutting-edge aspects of the chassis and ride experience of the A8 are made possible by an active electromechanical suspension and dynamic all-wheel steering.

2021 Audi A8 Driver Assistance

Driver Assistance

Raising the benchmark for a full-size luxury sedan, the Audi A8 is available with a wide assortment driver assistance and convenience features. Included on the A8 are stress reducing adaptive cruise assist, advanced collision mitigation and cross traffic assist, and an advanced intersection assist. Providing drivers with an intelligent approach to parking assistance, Audi AI park pilot and the Audi AI garage pilot systems can step in and take control while the driver monitors the action. Making history upon its arrival, the Audi A8 is the first production automobile developed specifically for Level 3 autonomous driving. When equipped with Audi AI traffic jam pilot, this feature can handle driving in slow-moving traffic at speeds up to 37 MPH on freeways and highways where a physical barrier separates directional traffic. Audi continues to evaluate timing and is expected to deliver the system when market readiness allows.

Trims & Specs

A8 55 TFSI® quattro®

A8 55 TFSI® quattro®
  • Starting at $86,500 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 engine and eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Heated 18-way power comfort front seats, including 4-way power lumbar adjustment and memory
  • MMI® Navigation plus and Audi virtual cockpit plus
  • 19-inch 15-spoke turbine wheels with 255/45 all-season tires

A8 60 TFSI® e Plug-In Hybrid

A8 60 TFSI® e Plug-In Hybrid
  • Starting at $95,900 MSRP
  • 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 with electric motor
  • Valetta leather interior
  • LED headlights with e-tron LED DRLs
  • 19-inch 5-spoke design, bi-color wheel
  • Four-zone climate control Plus

A8 60 TFSI® quattro®

A8 60 TFSI® quattro®
  • Starting at $98,900 MSRP
  • 4.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V8 and eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Parking system plus
  • Audi pre sense® basic / Audi pre sense® front