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2020 Audi A8 L Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 8, 2020

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Madhav A Nigam Automotive Journalist


With over a century if building automobiles, Audi, the Volkswagen owned German auto manufacturer has a very distinguished name in the industry. Right from the entry-level luxury sedans to top of the line performance vehicles, there is no vehicle segment that Audi has not graced with its presence.

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Pros

Very quiet cabin

High on comfort

User-friendly infotainment system

Remarkably Agile

Engaging to drive

Superior materials in the interior

Cons

V6 Variant underperforms

Very formal interiors

Scanty warranty coverage

What's New?

The Audi A8 L is an all-new model for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$84795

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp

torque

369 lbs.-ft.

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

suspension front

Five link Front suspension

suspension rear

Five link Rear suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.8/13.8

dimensions

wheelbase

123.1 in.

length

208.7 in.

width

83.9 in.

height

58.5 in.

curb weight

4773 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

12.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.


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Styles

 2020 Audi A8 L in Florett Silver Metallic color  2020 Audi A8 L in Glacier White Metallic color  2020 Audi A8 L in Monsoon Gray Metallic color  2020 Audi A8 L in Moonlight Blue Metallic color
Florett Silver Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi A8 L Base

Base

power
453 hp @ 5,500 RPM
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$85,200 - $96,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $85,200 MSRP (19/22/27) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Regular Unleaded
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $96,800 MSRP (19/22/27) 453 hp @ 5,500 RPM, 4 L, V-8, Regular Unleaded
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


In 2020, among other vehicles, the carmaker has proudly announced the A8L in its 4th. Post its unveil at the Geneva Auto Show in 1994, the Audi A8 has changed from a family-size sedan to a full-size luxury saloon, capable of making a lot of people feel weak at the knees. Since its second generation, the sedan has been made as security or armored edition, a hybrid saloon, and as a special exclusive edition sedan. 

Becoming sleeker, smoother and stylish in every generation, the sales figures have not been kind to the A8L, with a constant decline since 2013. With almost a 50% decline in 2018, the brand is stabilizing, with more sales in 2019. Going up against the likes of BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS and Cadillac CT6, let’s see if the A8 has managed to cover its ground in the 2020 model year.

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Rear View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Rear View

2020 Audi A8 L Features

Audi is offering the A8 as the long-wheelbase variant only i.e. the A8L. It is being offered in 2 trims, a 3.0L V6 55 TFSI trim, and a 4.0L V8 60 TFSI trim. The following are the features offered in the trims:

Model

A8L

MSRP

(55 TFSI Quattro)

$85,200

MSRP

(60 TFSI Quattro)

$96,800

Key Features

12.3 Inch Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus

 

Dual Centre (10.1” upper and 8.6” lower) Display Infotainment system

 

Bang and Olufsen 3D Premium Sound system with 17 Speakers

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers and Full LED Headlights

 

Acoustic Parking sensors with lane assist warning

 

19” 15-spoke wheel rims

 

Anti Theft Alarm with Engine Immobilizer and interior motion and tilt sensors

 

Multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifts

 

Ambient interior LED lighting

 

Heated 18-way power comfort front seats, including 4-way power lumbar adjustment and memory

 

Advanced 9-Airbag Protection System

 

Dynamic All Wheel Drive

For some extra cash, the 60TFSI model has more additional packages to make your A8L more personal to you and make it your own status statement piece. Besides these, different types of materials and features can be added to make the A8 as feature-rich as possible and truly turn it into a chariot of the Gods. 

Which trim to buy?

if you want to stick to a budget, you cannot go wrong with the 55 TFSI. But as per the offers available, we would recommend the 60 TFSI trim with a 4.0 L V8 Turbocharged Engine. The car offers an overall better performance and for the extra cash, the 60 TFSI trim offers many more packages to customize from. 

2020 Audi A8 L Engine and Performance

Audi AG is not a name that needs an introduction when it comes to performance. Audi A8L certainly doesn’t leave anything to the imagination either. With the 3.0L Turbocharged V6 engine, the luxury sedan churns out 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 4.0L Turbocharged V8 is in a different league with 453 horses and 487 lb-ft of torque. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Engine Bay
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Has a 3.0L Turbocharged- V6 Engine

Models

Audi A8

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

MRSP

$ 85,200

$ 89,450

$ 78,670

$ 58,995

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged- V6

3.0L Inline 6-cylinder

3.5L- V6 

3.6L- V6

Transmission

8-speed Tiptronic automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower(hp)

335 @ 5000 rpm

335 @ 5500 rpm

416 @ 6000 rpm

335 @ 6800 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

369 @ 1370 rpm

330 @ 1500 rpm

442 @ 1600 rpm

284 @ 5300 rpm

The A8L comes only with AWD in both its trims while the other cars offer an RWD base trim to people who want to enjoy the luxury of a full-size sedan and with an enthusiastic edge to the drive configuration. 

The A8L is also a Mild Hybrid EV with an electric motor in conjunction with the engine. The sedan has a 14kWh battery pack to accompany the motor and contribute to the green revolution that the world is undergoing with more and more EVs on the road. The motor is for Efficiency driving mode and if you find yourself wanting to juice the car out, the engine will turn itself on without you even feeling the vibration of it. 

Let’s try the Quarter Mile

Since the A8L is a full-size sedan, the car obviously is on the higher side of the weight spectrum coming in at 4773 lbs, but that does not mean that it compromises on the performance, which is the Audi promise.

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan 0-60 MPH In just 5.8 sec

Models

Audi A8

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

0-60 MPH

5.8 secs

4.8 secs

4.6 secs

5.8 secs

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged- V6

3.0L Inline 6-cylinder

3.5L- V6 

3.6L- V6

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Considering its competition, the A8L offers a slightly slower acceleration but still is decent enough for the 3.0L engine. The Lexus LS proves to be the quickest followed by the BMW 7-series. Counting the fact that the cars are quite evenly matched, Audi still needs a long way to go to optimize the V6 to perform better. 

What about the Stopping power?

The 2020 Audi A8L comes with 19-inch 15-spoke rims coupled with 255/45R19 all-weather tires as standard. This can be bumped up to 20-inch rims depending upon your preference. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Brakes
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Brake 

Models

Audi A8

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

Brake Front

Disc

Disc

Disc 

Disc

Brake Rear

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

60-0 performance

149 ft

N/A

113 ft

N/A

Curb weight (lbs)

4773

4381

4905

3985

The brake system on the A8L is a 4-channel ABS with EBD that can handle everything you can throw at it. Even with all that weight, the car certainly handles all the speed variations and stop-and-go very dynamically.

How well does it Handle?

The sedan offers the Audi-characteristic Athleticism and rides comfort that makes every drive a pleasurable experience. Take it for a spin around town or hit the highway, you will never be disappointed with the Audi. The carmaker has ensured that with the active suspension, you have the most comfortable drive both as a driver and as a passenger.

For a full-size sedan, the car is quite nimble at the turns and sticks all turns with breathtaking ease. The car has a 5-degree opposite rotation in the steering wheel to tighten the turning radius of the car. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front view

Selecting the driving mode is like a labyrinth and can be changed as per your mood. Put it into the rear-differential mode and power is distributed to the rear wheels that need it most to sustain cornering. The adaptive air suspension does a great job of eliminating bumps. The 60 TFSI trim offers an additional feature that assists the suspension system by scanning the road ahead and adjusting the suspension for what it is going to encounter.

2020 Audi A8 L Fuel Economy

When buying a luxury sedan, the thought for fuel economy seldom arises. These cars are not your run of the mill econoboxes that offer out-of-the-world fuel economy. That being said, it’s not like the A8L has a high fuel consumption. 

Models

Audi A8*

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

MPG (city)

19

20

18

18

MPG (highway)

27

28

27

27

MPG (combined)

22

23

21

21

*based on 2019 model

With a full 21.7-gallon tank of the A8L offers a very decent mileage count of 412 miles in the city and 586 miles on the highway. Compared to its competitors, the A8L has the biggest gas tank and offers the best mileage count on a full tank.

2020 Audi A8 L Interior

The Audi A8L, a car that is specifically designed to portray the sense of style, status, and luxury in the very scent of its being, is lined with the top in class features inside. The interiors of the sedan are a treat for the eyes. Leather upholstery with the tasteful addition of chrome and wood patina is in direct tandem with the Audi design methodology.

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front Seats
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Dashboard

The Audi Virtual Cockpit system lights up the room. Ambient lighting in the cabin steals the show here with subtle lighting in the right places, the cabin gives a very homely yet exhilarating feel. The A8L is a full-size luxury sedan and hence is very roomy and comfortable. There is every piece of comfort that you can think of, and then some. 

Models

Audi A8*

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

38.3/59.1/41.5

39.9/59.2/41.4

37.3/58.8/41

40.2/58.3/46.4

Rear (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

38.5/57.6/44.3

38.9/57.7/44.4

37.3/56.4/38.9

38/56.2/40.4

Even tall drivers along with tall passengers can travel comfortably. The front seats are heated, power-operated and can have an additional cooling and massaging feature for those who must have everything from their car. The rear seat travelers are not left behind. They enjoy their own piece of luxuries with almost the same number of features and luxuries as the front, like immense space, big-door openings among others. 

Audi offers an optional 4 seat setup in which the conventional rear seats are replaced by a pair of power-adjustable rear seats with heating, ventilation, and massage as well as a heated foot-massage function and a pair of individual entertainment tablets. This all is done at the expense of the reduction of adjustment options for the front seat.

There are a plethora of other features that the A8L comes loaded with:

  • Navigation with natural voice control
  • Heated 18-way power comfort front seats, including 4-way power lumbar adjustment 
  • Active Climate control shutters
  • Audi Connect CARE assistance and security service
  • Amazon Alexa Integration
  • Keyless entry, start and stop with handsfree trunk release
  • Rain/Light sensing automatic windshield wipers and Full LED headlamps
  • Cruise control with coast, resume and accelerate features
  • Lane Departure warning 
  • Full LED taillamps with dynamic indicators
  • Auto-Dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass

The driving and traveling experience is quite serene as the cabin does a remarkable job at shutting out all of the noises from the outside.

Infotainment System 

The 2020 Audi A8L comes with a dual touchscreen infotainment system as standard. This is in Tandem with the 12.3inch Virtual Cockpit display. The upper touchscreen is a 10.1-inch display and the lower touchscreen is an 8.3inch touchscreen. These control all the in-vehicular functions that a driver or a passenger can possibly need. The screens are a welcome change from the previous button setup of the previous model years. 

The broad features of the system are:

  • MMI Radio Plus
  • HD Radio technology
  • Sirius XM Subscription
  • Bluetooth with Streaming audio compatibility
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System with 17 speakers, 16-channel amplifier and 730 watts
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Audi connect PRIME and Audi connect PLUS

The infotainment system is fairly easy to operate and getting used to it might take some practice. For a more immersive music experience, you can pick up the 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System, which will turn the car in a virtual discotheque.

What about Cargo Space?

Considering the size of the sedan, the A8L is not high on space with a mere 13 cubic feet of cargo space. Although it is not much, it’s still enough to pack supplies for a picnic to the park with the family and still have some extra space. 

Models

Audi A8*

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

Cargo space (cubic feet)

13.0

18.2

17.0

15.8

Compared to its closest competitor by dimensions, BMW 7-Series, the A8L is high on being spacious but low on the utilization of the space for storage. This segment is where BMW takes the cake with the best in class cargo space. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Interior

2020 Audi A8 L Exterior

The Audi A8L is the manifestation of the Audi Prologue concept which debuted in the 2014 LA Auto Show. If this saloon passes by you, you certainly won’t be able to resist the temptation to turn your head and watch it go out of your sight, such is the design language of Audi. The car has sleek lines with a dignified yet dominating presence.

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Three Quarter view
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Three Quarter view

The front features the brand’s signature Singleframe Grille design and takes up the majority of the look. Drawing inspiration from the grille design, the design of the fog lamps follow suit. 

Models

Audi A8*

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Cadillac CT6

Curb weight (lbs)

4773

4381

4905

3985

Length (in)

208.7

207.4

206.1

205.8

Width (in)

76.6

74.9

74.8

74

Height (in)

58.5

58.2

57.9

58

Ground clearance (in)

4.8

5.3

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

123.1

126.4

123

122.4

You cannot help but compare the Matrix-design headlamps of the A8L with the Marvel Studios’ Iron Man’s eye, which has a sleek yet aggressive look to them. These accentuate the Singleframe grille design and add another dimension to it. There are changes at the lighting system in the rear lamps as well which are now OLED which perform an animation of light when the vehicle is locked or unlocked. The indicators are dynamic and move in the outward direction to emphasize the direction the car will turn. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Exterior

2020 Audi A8 L Safety

The Audi A8L is the luxury offering of the brand coming in second only to the S8. Since these are costly pieces of art, these are not tested by the IIHS or NHTSA. But that does not mean that the car is not safe. The car comes equipped with top-notch safety features and then-some proprietary driver assists technologies. 

The car comes with the following safety features:

  • Front and Rear acoustic sensors
  • Scanning system for the road ahead and adjust suspension system (optional)
  • Advanced dual-stage 9-Airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Anti-Theft engine Immobilizer with interior motion and tilt sensor
  • Rearview Camera
  • 3-point safety belts with two way tensioner
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)

And for people who want more safety, the carmaker offers a special Security edition for the A8L which has ballistic coverage and other military-grade protection methods to keep you safe.

2020 Audi A8 L Competition

Audi A8 L vs BMW 7-Series

From the house of the German Automaker, BMW, the 7-Series is the closest rival to the A8L. If you’re looking for a car that comes close to the A8L in terms of luxury, class, and status, its this car. The car comes equipped with every feature from the carmaker’s stable and truly exemplifies the flagship tag. The car performs better than the A8L and has better fuel economy, better cargo but is slightly higher priced as compared to the A8L with the same AWD. While there is a cheaper RWD option available, the base variant 7-series is slightly more rigid as compared to the A8L. If there was one recommendation in place of the A8L, it is the BMW 7-Series.

2020 BMW 7-Series Sedan
2020 BMW 7-Series Sedan

Audi A8 L vs Lexus LS

Japanese carmaker Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus released the LS sedan to battle it out in the long sedan segment. The LS Sedan has no shortage of spectacular design cues to mesmerize anyone that lays eyes on it. The quiet sedan is stable at all speeds and even charges itself being a hybrid EV. With an option to upgrade the heads-up display to a 24inch size and a mammoth 28-way power-adjustable front seats and 22-way power-adjustable rear seats, the LS sedan has many more options to customize it from and make it stand out even more. Although it is very comfortable and silent, it loses out on agility to the BMW and Audi. Pick this up if you want a tired and tested reliable yet futuristic design. 

2020 Lexus LS Sedan
2020 Lexus LS Sedan

Audi A8 L vs Cadillac CT6

The daughter brand of American Carmaker, General Motors, Cadillac has a proud lineage as being one of the most coveted cars in the past century. Right from the Eldorado and DeVille to the CTS V. This is the car brand that is the personal preference of former POTUS Barrack Obama. The CT6 has the most competitive price for the segment it is in. Starting at almost $20k lesser than the A8L, this car offers a lot. Being dubbed as the last generation of the CT6 with no news of the 2021 model year, the CT6 offers lesser customisability as compared to the Audi and BMW. The space is the great front but the performance is a miss when compared to other cars of its segment. If lineage is the key factor in your decision to buy a car, then CT6 is the car for you. 

2020 Cadillac CT6 Sedan
2020 Cadillac CT6 Sedan

 

2020 Audi A8 L Final Verdict

Style, Status, Luxury coupled with remarkable performance, are the traits that can be said for the 2020 Audi A8L. Considering the hefty price it draws, the A8L justifies it in the technology and infotainment as well as the comfort it offers. It still needs to face heavy competition from the segment leader Mercedes Benz S-Class, but until then, the A8L certainly holds its own and makes a strong case for itself. With spacious interiors and a virtual spa in place alongside entertainment features, all contained within the quiet cabin, the A8L is truly a chariot of the Gods. Buy it and you certainly won’t lament it.