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2012 Audi A8 Overview (See Available Styles)

Audi’s largest and most luxurious car, the full-size 2012 Audi A8 returns after a thorough redesign in 2011 with plenty of luxury and power to go around.

New for 2012 is a W-12 engine that fits into the long-wheelbase versions of the A8. The A8 L W12 features a 500-horsepower, 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine and comes with a long, long list of luxurious standard features like 22-way adjustable seats, ventilation and massage functions for all seats (front and back), a panoramic sunroof, and a rear entertainment system.

The 2012 A8’s standard engine is a 372-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8. Both engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system comes standard as well. It splits torque 40/60 (front/rear) which gives the A8 a bit of a sportier edge, as does an optional rear sport differential. As is becoming standard on cars like this, the A8 also features a driving mode selector that changes the characteristics of the car depending on what kind of mood you’re in or the type of driving you are doing.

Outside, the A8’s styling falls in line with the rest of Audi’s lineup; very clean lines, LED daytime running lamps up front, and subtle curves in the rear. Opting for the long wheelbase version of the A8 stretches out the wheelbase of the car by a little over five-inches. A power glass sunroof, automatic rain-sensing wipers, and HID headlights all come standard, as do 19-inch alloy wheels.

The 2012 A8’s interior changes slightly depending on your trim choices. V-8 models come with seating for five and a rear bench, while the W12 trim has four bucket seats. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a standard navigation system. Audi’s Multi-Media Interface was upgraded with better controls, improved menus, and a touchpad that recognizes handwriting so it’s easier to input characters into the navigation system. Also standard is Audi Connect, which integrates terrain/aerial images from Google Earth into the navigation system and also offers Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

For safety, the A8 offers front, side-impact, side curtain, and knee airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. Other optional safety technology includes a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning system, night vision (displayed in the instrument panel), and adaptive cruise control.

Offering an unbeatable mix of luxury and performance, the 2012 Audi A8 is a worthy car to carry the Audi flag.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 14 - 18 MPG
  • Highway: 21 - 28 MPG

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
4.5/5
Value:
4.5/5
Exterior:
4.8/5
Interior:
4.7/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
4.8/5
Reliability:
4.3/5

5 of 6 (83%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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