The Audi A8 stands at the pinnacle of the “super luxury car class.” Few cars in this division can outrank the A8 in terms of performance, reliability, safety, and sheer comfort. The A8 is Audi’s “flagship sedan,” which means that it offers the very highest level of technology integration, performance, and overall comfort for its price. The 2012 Audi A8 averages between $76,665 and $128,304 retail price.

Audi A8 2012 Review

Some reviewers claim that the Audi A8 lacks power when compared to other vehicles in this class, but its superb handling tends to make drivers forget that fact. Unless you are simply interested in the Porsche-like performance of high-end luxury sports sedans, the Audi A8 promises to provide enough “get up and go” to satisfy almost any buyer. Another advantage to the Audi A8’s smaller engine is that its gas mileage is slightly better than that of its rivals.

The 2012 Audi A8 comes in three trim levels: the base-model four-door sedan, the upgraded four-door sedan, and the W12 elite trim package. Each model offers automatic eight-speed transmission with all-wheel drive, and the two less expensive models offer 4.2-liter V-8 engines. The W12 trim level offers a V-12 6.3-liter engine. The W12 gets 14 miles per gallon in the city and 21 on the highway, while the other two trims offer 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway.

The base model 2012 Audi A8 offers a number of standard features such as sun or moon roof, tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control, keyless entry and startup, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, power door locks, and mirror memory. The entertainment center is superb with standard auxiliary input, CD changer, HD radio, MP3 player, and hard disk drive. All models offer climate control, navigation system, wireless cellphone hookup, leather seats, and heated driver seat. The upgraded four-door sedan model adds to this impressive lineup standard rear parking aid, second-row bench seat, and optional entertainment system. The entertainment system is standard on the W12 model, along with rear air conditioning and cooled rear seats.

Audi A8 Safety Ratings

This class of vehicle is not normally tested by the federal government or organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, so there is no data available on the 2012 Audi A8 from these organizations. However, the 2012 Audi A8 includes anti-lock brakes, active front head restraints and airbags as standard safety features. The optional Driver’s Assistance Package can be added to any vehicle and includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, infrared night vision system with pedestrian warning. An option rearview camera can also be added to the base model sedan; it is standard on the higher trim levels.

The 2012 Audi A8’s reliability has not yet been tested by firms such as J. D. Power and Associates,so there is no information available on estimated repair costs for the first five years. However, there is information from J. D. Power on the 2011 model, which earns three out of five stars for overall mechanical quality and four out of five stars for overall quality. Audi does offer it standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty on all vehicles, including the 2012 A8, as well as free roadside assistance for the first four years. Audi also offers the first 5,000-mile maintenance checkup free of charge. While repair costs have not yet been estimated for the 2012 Audi A8, it is certain that they will be in the more expensive range as is the case with all large luxury vehicles. Finding a competent mechanic to work on this car may also prove challenging to those with no Audi dealership in the general neighborhood.

How much is car insurance for an Audi A8?

Car insurance costs for the Audi A8 average $2,009 per year. By comparison the Lexus L-S averages between $2,138 and $2,337 per year, and the BMW-7 Series averages $2,603 to $2,766 per year. Audi seems to have beaten the competition in insurance costs, possibly due to its lower-powered V-6 engine; all competitors offer V-8 engines.

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