2014 Audi A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic Automatic V6 Sedan Diesel AWD 

  • $83k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 36 hwy
6.8 Out of 10
$82,500
 
A well-calibrated eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard equipment on every A8, and the combination accent its surefooted feel.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
Instead, the lineup of V-6, V-8, and W-12 engines is joined by a V-6 turbodiesel with outstanding economy and very good performance.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Audi A8

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
6.5
Jaguar XJ
6.6
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
6.8
Jaguar XJ
6.4
EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
7.4
Jaguar XJ
8.7
NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
6.5
Jaguar XJ
6.3
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

6.8

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
6.8
Jaguar XJ
7.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Audi A8

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
6
BMW M3
3

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
6
BMW M3
5

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
$18,573
Model S Base
$14,637
BMW M3
$15,384

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

A8 3.0 TDI L quattro Tiptronic
$2,073
BMW M3
$3,364

Reviews Word on the street for the Audi A8


9.0
A large sedan with a more athletic feel than its rivals, the Audi A8 has an amazing range of performance as well, from TDI to S8.

10.0
It's the huge torque — helped by an eight-speed automatic transmission — that moves this 4,500-pound, extended-wheelbase land yacht effortlessly.

8.2
TDI CLEAN DIESEL ENGINEThe A8 L TDI's turbodiesel powerplant packs hybrid-like fuel economy in a powerful yet user-friendly package.

Overall

9.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

Base A8s sport a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with stop/start that's rated at 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined, while both the short- and long-wheelbase models also can be fitted with a twin-turbo V-8.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
gov says it's possible to make up the $3,700 premium you'll pay for the diesel (versus the base engine) within seven years; as of November 2013, the site put annual fuel costs at $2,050 for the TDI and $2,600 for the supercharged V-6.
by cars.com (Dec, 2013)
It's available in either wheelbase, both powered by Audi's supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)

Interior

See more photos The Audi A8 may have a leaner frame than some of its rivals, but it doesn't trade off much interior space or refinement in the name of performance.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
Audi's A8 is in a tough position, battling crowd-favorite luxury flagships like the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS, which you can compare here.
by cars.com (Dec, 2013)
See more photos Sedately styled, save for some fabulous LED details, the Audi A8 stores up its glamour for a knockout cabin.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)

Engine

It's not as free of vibration as the V-8 was, and when it gets vocal it's unmistakably a V-6, but it's fast and responsive to inputs, the net of the low-end torque of the supercharger and the very well spaced gears of the paddle-shifted ZF eight-speed.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
Short-wheelbase V-8s settle in at 17/28 mpg, or 21 mpg combined, while long-wheelbase sedans are pegged at 16/26 mpg, or 19 mpg combined.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
Here, it's necessary to fit the A8's relatively compact 12-cylinder engine, but it's leveraged to give the A8 a drawn-out elegance that works well with its broader shoulders and especially, with the long-wheelbase model's longer rear doors.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)

Handling

Our tester had the base air suspension, though a Sport air suspension is optional.
by cars.com (Dec, 2013)
Where there's a choice, we say go long: there's virtually no penalty in handling or performance and only a small cut in fuel economy.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
That said, I'd gladly skip those wheels and tires for a suppler-riding wheel and tire combo that hopefully wouldn't thwack as much over rough roads.
by cars.com (Dec, 2013)

Performance

Zero to 60 mph times of 5.5 seconds and a top end of 130 mph are respectable numbers at a respectable price point.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
The brakes clamp down when the car senses an impact is imminent, and the seatbelts tighten.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)
This ain't Audi's dainty (comparatively speaking) 3,858-pound S4, and the A8 L TDI's 4,564 pounds become obvious once you start throwing around its weight, so I preferred to keep the car in its least aggressive Comfort setting.
by cars.com (Dec, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Audi
Body style Sedan
Model year 2014
City range 571 miles
Highway range 856 miles
MSRP $83k
Annual cost $18,573

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Diesel
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Bose
Speakers 14 speakers
Wattage 630 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input No
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $3,000

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $800
Navigation system N/A, 20 GB
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 6
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.33 g
Combined CO2/mile 360 g
Methane/mile 0.03 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 0
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 3
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 54 tons

power & handling

Max torque 406 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 3,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 19.02 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.7 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link
Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 14.02 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 255 mm
Front wheel diameter 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Rear side
  4. Driver
  5. Passenger
  6. Side
  7. Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor Standard
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 76.7 in
Front track width 64.7 in
Height 57.9 in
Length 207.4 in
Wheelbase 122.9 in
Curb weight 4,564 lb
GVWR 5,831 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 53 ft³
Rear seat room 56 ft³
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