2020 Audi A8 L

2020 MODEL
$85,200 - $96,800
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2020 Audi A8 L Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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There are basically two kinds of luxury car buyers in the market. The first being, who want their car right this instant and care for nothing else, even if they know they'd regret it buying later on. The second set are the more predominant ones and are those people for whom we write for. These are the ones who know what they exactly want, even if it means waiting for a long period of time to acquire something that is rather special. The Audi A8L is the pioneer in the list of cars for the second set of people.

With over a century of 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. The Audi A8L is a masterpiece with its silent powertrain coupled with a soothing and sumptuous interior. It really can't get any better than this! We kid you not.

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Pros

Very quiet cabin

High on comfort

User-friendly infotainment system

Remarkably Agile

Engaging to drive

Cons

V6 Variant underperforms

Scanty warranty coverage

What's New?

Changes in Standard and optional feature lists


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8 Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.8/14.8

dimensions

wheelbase

123.1 in.

length

208.7 in.

width

76.6 in.

height

58.6 in.

curb weight

4773 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

106.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

970 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

13.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/27/22 mpg

highway range

585.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Florett Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.5

Competition

8.6

Final Verdict

8.5

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi A8 L Base

Base

power
453 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric
mpg
22 combined

$85,200 - $96,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
55 TFSI quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $85,200 MSRP (19/22/27) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
60 TFSI quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $96,800 MSRP (19/22/27) 453 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4 L, V-8, Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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In 2020, among other vehicles, the carmaker has proudly announced the A8L in its 4th iteration. Post its unveil at the Geneva Auto Show in 1994, the Audi A8L 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 comes with a security or armored edition package, a hybrid saloon, and a special exclusive edition sedan. 

Although 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 Mercedes S-Class, let’s see if the A8L has managed to cover its ground in the 2020 model year.

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

9.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 

8.6/10
Competition

 

8.5/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Audi A8 L Features

9.0/10

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(55TFSI)

A8L(60 TFSI)

MSRP  (AWD)

$85,200

$96,800

Key Features

12.3 Inch Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus

Adds/Upgrades to A8L(55TFSI)
 

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

265/40 R20 summer performance tires
 

Black Alcantara headliner

Full leather package
 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers and Full LED Headlights

Ambient interior LED lighting
 

Acoustic Parking sensors with lane assist warning

Dynamic All-Wheel steering
 

19” 15-spoke wheel rims

Night vision assistant with large animal and pedestrian detection
 

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

Bang and Olufsen 3D Premium Sound system with 17 Speakers
 

Multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifts

 
 

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

 
 

Advanced 9-Airbag Protection System

 

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 A8L 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

8.0/10

Audi 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 altogether with 453 horses and 487 lb-ft of torque. 

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

Models

Audi A8

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

MRSP

$ 85,200

$ 89,450

$ 78,670

$ 94,250

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged- V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6-cylinder

3.5L-Twin-turbo V6 

3.0L- Bi-Turbo V6

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-speed Tiptronic automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed 9G-Tronic

Power 

335hp@5,000rpm

335hp@5,500rpm

416hp@6,000rpm

362hp@5,500rpm

Torque 

369lb-ft@1,370rpm

330lb-ft@1,500rpm

442lb-ft@1,600rpm

369lb-ft@1,800rpm

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 heavier 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 0-60 MPH In just 5.8 sec

Models

Audi A8

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

0-60 MPH

5.6 sec

4.8 sec

4.6 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile 

N/A

12.5 sec

N/A

N/A

Top Speed 130 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH 130 MPH

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged- V6

3.0L Inline 6-cylinder

3.5L- V6 

3.0L- Bi-Turbo V6

Considering its competition, the A8L offers a slightly slower acceleration but still is decent enough for a 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 in optimizing 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 

Models

Audi A8

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

Brake Rotors Front 

14.8"

14.7"

14"

15.4"

Brake Rotors Rear 

13.8"

14.5"

13.1"

14.2"

Curb Weight 

4773 lbs

4381 lbs

4905 lbs

4542 lbs

60-0 MPH

118 ft

112 ft

113 ft

N/A

The brake system on the A8L is a 4-channel ABS with EBD that can handle everything you throw at it. Even with all that weight, the car certainly handles all the speed variations and stop-and-go very dynamically. The rather large 14.8-inch rotor discs in the front and 13.8-inch rotors in the back inspires the spirited driver in you to attack corners with ease

How well does it Handle?

The sedan offers the Audi-characteristic Athleticism and riding 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 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

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.

Also read

How does the A8L fare in the safety tests conducted by the IIHS?

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2020 Audi A8 L Fuel Economy

6.0/10

When dipping your foot into the luxury sedan market, 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 A8L

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

MPG (City)

17

20

18

19

MPG (Highway)

26

28

27

28

MPG (Combined)

21

23

21

22

Fuel Capacity  21.7 gallons 20.6 gallons 21.7 gallons 21.1 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined)  369/564/477 miles 350/515/460 miles 412/651/455 miles 358/569/379.8 miles

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

With a full 21.7-gallon tank of the A8L offers a very decent mileage count of 17 miles in the city and 26 miles on the highway. Compared to its competitors, the A8L has the biggest gas tank and offers the best-combined range count on a full tank. In this regard, the Bimmer impresses us a lot with its class-leading economy, mainly because its the lightest of the lot.

2020 Audi A8 L Interior

7.5/10

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 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 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 A8L

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.3/59.1/41.5

39.9/59.2/41.4

37.3/58.8/41

37.7/57/41.4

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

38.5/57.6/44.3

38.9/57.7/44.4

37.3/56.4/38.9

37.4/59.1/34.1

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 in their car. The rear seat travelers are not left behind. They enjoy their own piece of luxuries with almost the same number of features 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. All this is done at the expense of the reduction of adjustment options for the front seat.

The ride, handling and travelling 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 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display. The upper touchscreen is a 10.1-inch display and the lower touchscreen is an 8.3-inch display. 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 iteration of the Audi A8L. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Infotainment System

The broad features of the system are:

  • MMI Radio Plus
  • HD Radio technology
  • Lane Departure warning 
  • Sirius XM Subscription
  • Amazon Alexa Integration
  • 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 not take much 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. 

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Cargo Capacity is 13.0 cu ft 

Models

Audi A8L

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

Cargo Capacity 

13.0 cu.ft.

18.2 cu.ft.

17.0 cu.ft.

18.7 cu.ft.

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

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
  • Rain/Light sensing automatic windshield wipers and Full LED headlamps
  • Cruise control with coast, resume and accelerate features
  • Auto-Dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front Seats
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front Seats
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Dashboard
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Dashboard
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Rear Door
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Rear Door
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Gear Shifter
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Gear Shifter

2020 Audi A8 L Exterior

8.5/10

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. Hands-down, this is the best looking sedan Audi has produced in a while now, that's for sure.

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 front-end. The chrome-finish all over the front-grill brings out the premium appeal that Audi was trying to achieve. Drawing inspiration from the grille design, the design of the fog lamps follow suit. 

Models

Audi A8L

BMW 7-Series

Lexus LS

Mercedes S-Class

Curb Weight 

4773 lbs

4381 lbs

4905 lbs

4542 lbs

Length 

208.7"

207.4"

206.1"

206.9"

Width 

76.6"

74.9"

74.8"

83.9"

Height 

58.6"

58.2"

57.9"

58.9"

Ground Clearance

4.8"

5.3"

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase

123.1"

126.4"

123"

124.6"

You cannot help but compare the Matrix-designed headlamps of the A8L with the Marvel Studios’ Iron Man’s eye, which has a sleek yet aggressive look to them. Yes, we have some big-time nerds over here. 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 lights 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. 

Exterior features on offer-

  • Full LED taillamps with dynamic indicators
  • Keyless entry, start and stop with handsfree trunk release
  • Singleframe grille
  • Power soft-closing doors
  • Aluminium-optic trim around exterior side windows
  • 19" 15-spoke design wheels

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By what margin in prices do the trims vary by?

How does the A8L handle around corners despite its hefty weight?

2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
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 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front Grill
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Front Grill
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Braking
2020 Audi A8 L Sedan Braking

2020 Audi A8 L Safety

The Audi A8L is the luxury offering of the brand coming in second only to the Audi 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 package for the A8L which has ballistic coverage and other military-grade protection methods to keep you safe. There you have it, a tank for your protection. It doesn't get any better than this.

2020 Audi A8 L Competition

8.6/10

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 we were to recommend one car in place of the Audi A8L, it is the BMW 7-Series.

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 luxury 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 24-inch 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 tried and tested reliable yet futuristic car. 

2020 Lexus LS Sedan

Audi A8 L vs Mercedes S-Class

Being a long term competitor of the Audi, Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class to take on the other cars in the full-size luxury sedans department. High on performance and torque with the classic silver-arrows feel, the S-Class stands for luxury, lavishness, and performance. A plethora of creature comfort and powertrain options are available through a wide number of trims. The S-Class gives the best of what Mercedes Benz has to offer. Whether you want a classic luxurious sedan or a drophead coupe or if you want a steroid high AMG variant, the S-Class has it all. But all of this comes at a price jump of almost 10 grand. So if you want something that is a no-brainer, then the 2020 Audi A8L is a better option. 

2020 Mercedes S-Class

2020 Audi A8 L Final Verdict

8.5/10

Style, Status, Luxury coupled with remarkable performance, are the traits that can be associated with 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 faces steep competition from the segment leader Mercedes Benz S-Class that has set the benchmark quite high with its top of the line luxury and performance quotient. Nevertheless, the A8L certainly holds its own and makes a strong case for itself. With spacious interiors and literally 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 regret it.

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