The Good Audi's first-ever volt mild hybrid system powers accessory systems without taxing the powertrain. The new MMI Touch Response system is easier to use thanks to haptic feedback and a smartphone-esque interface. The Audi A8 L is packed to the gills with tech and luxurious amenities. The Bad Estimated fuel economy isn't any better than the previous, non-hybrid generation. The glossy black interior and touchscreen are fingerprint magnets. The dual-screen interface can take some getting used to.
2019 Audi A8 L Review: High-Tech Luxury
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If the unregulated realm of the automated car is the Wild West, Audi could be the next Billy the Kid. Its all-new A8 luxury sedan is positioned to be the first vehicle to offer Level 3 self-driving capability. Like the actual Wild West, the highly autonomous version is filled with the unknown and uncontrollable, but here the threats are regulation and liability, not gunslingers. It is taller, longer, more isolated from the road, yet better controlled than the A8 it replaces.
2019 Audi A8
The redesigned Audi A8 is all-new and rides on a new platform that features a volt electrical system that supplies power to the optional active suspension and infotainment system, and also improves the car's fuel economy. Slotting above the A6, the Audi A8 is the automaker's flagship full-size luxury sedan and comes exclusively in all-wheel drive configuration. With all cars receiving a volt electrical system with a lithium-ion battery in a compartment in the trunk, the A8 is essentially a mild hybrid. Two engines will be available in the Audi A8 including a base 3.
Nobody needs a luxury flagship. Even if you ignore the fact that by definition, luxuries are things people don't need, midsize luxury sedans have become so large, it's hard to imagine anyone who drives themselves needing more space than an Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series provides. And for the same money, you typically have the choice between a midsizer that's loaded to the gills and a base-model flagship. Instead, you buy or more likely lease a car such as the A8 because you want it.