The 2014 Audi A8 Quattro is an all-wheel-drive luxury sedan offered in regular and long-wheelbase versions, the latter being defined by an L badge and bestowed with an additional 5 inches of rear leg room . Trim levels are 3.0T, L 3.0T, L 3.0 TDI, 4.0T, L 4.0T and L w12. Each nomination according to the wheelbase and the engine. The high-performance Audi S8 is reviewed separately. Standard features for the base 3.0T 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights, a sunroof, adaptive air suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, the auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, heated 12 kilograms adjustable front seats with driver memory, power and telescoping steering wheel, aluminum and wood trim interior, a power rear sunshade, a power trunk lid and soft sunmọ-doors. The negative features of the key-less ignition, a navigation system, a rearview camera, Audi’s MMI electronics interface with control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and the Bose surround-sound system with a CD player and an iPod interface. Also included in the Audi Connect.
Although the 2014 Audi A8 3.0T is well equipped, there are a number of options. With the warm weather package you get four-zone climate control with power rear side-window sunshades. An Extended Leather package wrapping the armrests, the center console and steering wheel AirBag green cap. On the long-wheelbase L 3.0T model, warm weather package, Extended Leather package and piano-black interior inlays are available as standard.
To either wheelbase, 3.0T Buyers can choose to add the premium package, which includes 22-way multi-contour comfort front seats with ventilation and pneumatic massage, full LED headlights, the blind-spot warning and plans for a propitiatory accident system. A Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel, a ski bag for the rear seat-by and heated rear seats. A Luxury package a faux-suede headliner, the upgraded leather upholstery and dual-pane glass. The rear seat Comfort Plus package is a five-passenger configuration with the separate rear outboard seats with ventilation and massage, and the front passenger seat adjustment from rear seat.
For a sportier 2014 Audi A8, the Sports Plus package and a sport-tuned air suspension, adaptive steering and the rear limited-slip differential. Finally, the Driver Assistance package a top-view parking camera system; adaptive control field Lane-departure warning system; more World Deluxe Pre-Plus version of Audi’s collision warning and braking system; and automatic high-beam control. Stand-alone options are a panoramic sunroof, a solar sunroof, a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, a night vision camera and a rear seat entertainment system.
The current level 2014 Audi A8 L w12 is essentially a fully loaded, 4-seat version of the long-wheelbase model is powered by a 12-cylinder engine. It’s all of the above-listed features, except for the adaptive control field, the solar sunroof, the premium Bang & Olufsen audio and night vision cameras – all of which are stand-alone options. The 2014 Audi A8 L W12 rolls on 20-inch wheels and comes standard with adaptive steering. Cheating is Executive rear seat comfort package. You rest in a rear seat with a power footrest, a 10-way power front passenger seat, a refrigerated cooler box and 115-Volt power outlet. There is also the 2014 Audi A8 W12 Driver Assistance package, which includes adaptive control field, a Lane-departure warning and a collision warning system and braking system. Other options left for the 2014 Audi A8 w12 sports package and the Audi design option package.
2014 Audi A8 Interior
As Audi’s flagship, the 2014 A8 represents the best the company has to offer. Thanks to the exquisite facilities combined with impeccable craftsmanship, the cabin was one of the best in any flagship luxury sedan. The upgraded seats in the Premium package adjust in so many ways that Audi needed to develop a more advanced method of controlling them, and they will ensure that drivers of any size or shape will see optimal conditions to the motor from countless miles. Rear seat comfort is also noteworthy, particularly in the long-wheelbase versions provide an expansive 43 inches of rear leg room.
For technophiles, Audi’s Multi Media Interface provides a long list of work by a badger-clear display. There is a bit of a learning curve to it, but with little time, control of numerous systems become second nature. The unique remote touchpad also doubles as a radio program panel. It may seem like a superfluous novelty at first, but its turns out to be as useful as it is good. If there is a complaint seems to come up more than others, it will be the A8’s lack of trunk space. In a paltry 13,2 cubic feet, cargo capacity is far below that of its competitors and not nearly adequate to get luggage for four adults.
2014 Audi A8 Engine
Powering the base model 2014 Audi A8 is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generate 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. All this power is channeled by an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In the test, a long-wheelbase L 3.0T with the picks Sports Plus package accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which is quicker than the V6-powered candidates and just off the pace of the packing V8s.
Also standard on the V6 is an automatic stop-start feature that shuts the engine off when the auto is stopped. It helps to improve fuel economy, which is good for this class of car at an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city / 28 mpg and 21 mpg in combined driving for either wheelbase. Newly added this year is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine rated at 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. In our testing, the A8 TDI and 6.3 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. At 24 mpg city / 36 mpg and 28 mpg combined fuel economy with this engine is exceptional, and the engine is available only with the long-wheelbase configuration.
The turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to 420 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque. Stop-start, 8-speed transmission and all-wheel drive is also standard. In the test, the A8 L 4.0T ran to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. EPA estimates the 4.0T should earn 17 mpg city / 28 mpg and 21 mpg combined, or nearly the same as supercharged V6. The L 2014 Audi A8 4.0T is only slightly more thirsty 16/26/19 mpg. The 2014 Audi A8 with the 6.3-liter w12 engine is available only in long-wheelbase configuration. The 12-cylinder engine that makes 500 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. As with all Audi A8s, an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. Weighing about 200 pounds more than Audi A8 L 4.0T, 2014 Audi A8 L w12 will reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, according to Audi. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 13/21/16 mpg.
2014 Audi A8 Safety
Standard safety equipment 2014 Audi A8 has anti-lock brakes, and stability traction control, the full-length side curtain air-bags, front and rear seat side airbags and active front headrests. The rear view camera is standard on most Audi A8s, while the w12 is an enhanced camera array with a top-view. A blind-spot monitor and Lane-departure warning system is offered in a couple of option packages. Also in most Pre-World Plus, which uses adaptive control car’s radar system to monitor traffic and alerts you of a potential driving accident is detected, the brakes are.
The brake test of a V6-powered A8 with most summer tires, the 2014 Audi A8 came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressively short 104 feet. With the same tires, the TDI model requires only 109 feet. A8 3.0T with all season tires have come to a stop in 121 feet, which is the average similarly equipped cars in the class. The 2014 Audi A8 L 4.0T with all season tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 114 feet.