2014 Audi A8

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2014 Audi A8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 17, 2021

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Audi has never really led the sales chart in any of the segments it competes in, but that should not be construed as a reflection of the quality and value of the products that it offers. The Audi A8 is one such product that offers immense value in the form of powerful drivetrains, the latest cutting edge technology, solid driving feel, and plush cabin, all at a premium price, but the standardization of Quattro AWD makes the package worth every penny.

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Pros

Premium and luxurious cabin

Powerful V6 engine

State-of-the-art technology

Excellent driving dynamics

Standard AWD drivetrain

Cons

Styling isn’t distinctive

Small trunk capacity 

What's New?

Standard keyless ignition and a power-operated trunk lid

Reshuffled and renamed options packages


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

186 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

333 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft. @ 2900 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Multi-link front suspension

suspension rear

Multi-link rear suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

117.8 in.

length

202 in.

width

77 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

4365 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

115.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

1213 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

4.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/28 mpg

highway range

673.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Videos
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Trims

Base $75,100 onwards

333 hp @ 5500 rpm | 3 L | V-6 | Premium unleaded

  • Adaptive Air Suspension
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Heated Seat
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Xenon Headlights

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Colors and Styles

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Emerald Black Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.4

Exterior

9.6

Safety

9.9

9.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.2

Overall Rating


Audi too believes in its products and hence does not fiddle much with the lineup this year aside from the reshuffling and standardization of certain features for the 2014 model year. Priced at $75,995 for the base V6 engine trim, the A8 may be marginally more expensive than its peers, the BMW 7 Series and the Jaguar XJ, but it largely undercuts the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as it is in its own category altogether.


9.0/10
Pricing and Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.4/10
Interior

9.6/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2014 Audi A8 Pricing and Features

9.0/10

At this end of the car spectrum, it doesn’t make much sense to segregate the car features into various trims and hence Audi has decided to pack in all of the goodies in a single package and just give the buyers an option to choose between a V6 and a V8 engine. Audi also offers cylinder deactivation for the V8 engine to save some fuel, but other than that, the feature list stays the same as that of the base trim. 

Trims

3.0 T

4.0 T

MSRP

$75,995

$84,795

Key Features

3.0-liter, 333 hp Supercharged V6 engine

3.0T trim plus;

 

Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Adaptive Dusk Sensing Headlamp

4.0-liter 420 hp Twin-Turbo V8 engine

 

14-speaker 630W Bose audio system

Cylinder Deactivation

 

Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic

 
 

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

 
 

Alloy, Leather, And Wood Interior Trim

 
 

12 -Way Power Multi-Level Heating Front Seats 

 
 

19-inch Alloy Wheels

 

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Audi has not differentiated the two trims in terms of features list and the performance from the base V6 engine is quick enough for most buyers and hence should be the preferred choice, as the V8 would guzzle more gas as well. Although, one needs to be aware of the rising prices with the options packages.

2014 Audi A8 Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The 2014 Audi A8 is offered with 2 engine options, starting from the base 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine producing 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and a 4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8, generating 420 hp and 444 lb-ft. The power is sent to all four wheels as Quattro AWD is standard and the engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The performance from the base engine is brisk too, bringing up 60 mph on the speedo in just 5.5 seconds

Model

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7 Series 740i

Jaguar XJ

MSRP

$75,995

$74,950

$75,125

Engine

3.0L, Supercharged V6

3.0L, Turbocharged Inline-6

3.0L, Supercharged V6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

333 hp @ 5,500 rpm

315 hp @ 5,800 rpm

340 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

325 lb-ft @ 2,900 rpm

332 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm

332 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.5

5.2

5.1

Quarter-mile (sec)

13.9

13.8

13.6

Top Speed (mph)

130

142

142

The Jaguar XJ has the highest power output in this comparison and hence is the quickest off the line, while the BMW 7 Series has the least power output and yet is only marginally behind the XJ. The Audi A8 is the slowest of the lot, but the difference between the three is minuscule. The A8 also costs the most, but it is also the only one to feature an AWD system as standard.

2014 Audi A8 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The supercharged V6 engine is quite frugal returning 21 mpg of combined city and highway driving while the larger twin-turbocharged V8 engine also manages to return almost identical fuel economy figures. The fuel tank capacity at 23.8 gallons is one of the best and it translates to a healthy driving range of over 600 miles of highway cruising. Both the fuel economy figures and the driving ranges pretty well, considering it is an AWD car.

Model

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7 Series 740i

Jaguar XJ

MPG (City)

18

19

18

MPG (Highway)

28

29

27

MPG (Combined)

21

22

21

Fuel Capacity (gal)

23.8

21.1

21.7

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

428 / 666 / 500

401 / 612 / 464

391 / 586 / 456

The BMW 740i is marginally more frugal than the other two cars but the small gas tank translates to a shorter driving range than the A8. The XJ on the other hand has identical fuel economy like that of the A8 but the smaller gas tank results in the shortest driving range in this comparison.

2014 Audi A8 Interior

9.4/10

Being the flagship sedan from the Audi stable, the A8 portrays the best Audi can in a sedan for factor. The exquisite materials combined with impeccable craftsmanship are one of the best you would ever see, while all the latest standard and optional gizmos are also second to none. Comfort is of utmost importance here and the countless ways one can adjust both the front and rear row of seats makes for a very plush and relaxing experience, no matter how long the journey.

Model

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7 Series 740i

Jaguar XJ

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.2 / 59.1 / 41.4

40.6 / 59.2 / 41.2

NA

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.1 / 57.8 / 38.7

38.5 / 57.4 / 38.4

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.2

17.7

15.2

There is very little to differentiate between the cabin space of the three cars in this comparison as all offer abundant space both at the front and the back seat. The BMW has a marginally better headroom which makes it comfortable for taller passengers. It also has the largest trunk capacity which is a bit bigger than the Jaguar, while the A8 has a substantially smaller boot. 

  • 18-Way Power Heated Front Seats w/Memory
  • Valetta Leather Seat Upholstery
  • Alcantara Simulated Suede Door Trim Insert
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Memory Settings for Driver And Passenger Seats, Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel, Head Restraints, HVAC, and Seatbelts
  • Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins

How is the 2014 Audi A8’s infotainment system?

Audi’s MMI system is a treat for all the technophiles as there are plenty of functions and the display is bright and crisp, unlike any other in the segment. The unique remote touchpad can also be used to write numbers and letters when needed and although it might look just like a novelty item at first, turns out really useful in the long run. Although there is a bit of a learning curve to the system, once you get used to it, it is very intuitive to use.

  • 8.0-inch Audi MMI Navigation Plus System
  • Audi connect w/six-month trial subscription
  • 14-speaker 630W Bose premium surround sound system w/AudioPilot
  • SiriusXM satellite radio w/90-day trial subscription and SiriusXM Real-Time Traffic w/4-year subscription
  • Bluetooth connectivity mobile phone and streaming audio
  • Voice commands

2014 Audi A8 Exterior

9.6/10

The exterior styling is in fact the only aspect that does not wow the buyers as the design is nothing out of the box or even something new. The quintessentially Audi design, with a long hood, large front grille flanked by sleek headlamps that flaunt the LED daytime running lights, all of which are similar to other Audi sedans. Although it does look good and stylish and there is no doubt about that, a little novelty in the design would have been a welcome change. 

Model

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7 Series 740i

Jaguar XJ

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,365

4,344

3,854

Length (in)

202.2

199.8

201.9

Width (in)

76.7

74.9

74.6

Height (in)

57.5

58.3

57.3

Ground Clearance (in)

5.7

5.6

4.1

Wheelbase (in)

117.8

120.9

119.4

The BMW 7 Series is the shortest car here and yet offers the longest wheelbase while the marginally higher height translates to that additional headroom for the passengers. The Jaguar XJ is considerably lighter than the other two cars, thanks to its aluminum construction, but it compromises the ground clearance front. 

  • Programmable Projector Beam High-Intensity Daytime Running, Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
  • LED Brakelights
  • Power Open And Close Trunk
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Chrome Grille, Door Handles, and Bodyside Insert
  • 19-inch 15-Spoke-Design Wheels w/Silver Accents

2014 Audi A8 Safety

9.9/10

The chances of crash testing a premium luxury sedan costing almost a hundred grand is next to zero and make sense too. But considering the fact that so many of the world’s most important and influential people bestow their lives in the hands of the cars like the new Audi A8, safety should not be an aspect to be worried about. That being said, there are plenty of safety features and driver aids on offer, and a highlight of it is listed below. 

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Driveline Traction Control
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors w/Back-Up Camera
  • Audi pre sense basic
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front and Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • SIDE GUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

2014 Audi A8 Final Verdict

The Audi A8 offers one of the best experiences one can have in a sedan in almost every aspect, luxury, comfort, and even driving to a certain extent. It drives better than most other large luxury sedans and also offers a frugal range of engine options that are pretty brisk and powerful as well. Add to that the long list of technology, and we can only wonder why the A8 lags behind in the sales numbers.

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