The Audi A8 is the flagship sedan for Audi, and as the company is due to launch the new second generation for the 2003 model year, there was little change made to the 2002 Audi A8 from its predecessor. In fact, the only changes made were to a handful of standard and new optional features in the cabin.
This full-size luxury sedan comes in two versions for the 2002 model year, which are the Quattro and L Quattro. Both are powered by the same engine and fitted with the Quattro all-wheel drive system. The difference between the two is that the L version of the 2002 Audi A8 has a longer wheelbase, which equates to increased room for passengers within the cabin.
Body styles: four-door full-size sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic Tiptronic
Models: Audi A8 Quattro, Audi A8 L Quattro
The launch of the 2002 Audi A8 saw few changes made to this full-size luxury sedan. Additions to the cabin include an in-dash six CD changer and a new Sport mode for the Tiptronic transmission. New options that became available for the 2002 model year included a tire pressure monitoring system and the OnStar system.
No changes were made to the exterior of the Audi A8 for the 2002 model year, so it continues with its executive styling intact. Built using the Audi Space Frame with an aluminum-intensive body, the 2002 Audi A8 is one of the lightest cars amongst its competitors. While the 2002 Audi A8 is a large car, this reduction in weight and increased structural rigidity translates into superior handling and performance, as well as better gas mileage and a more environmentally friendly car due to what can be recycled. The 2002 Audi A8 L is about five inches longer than the other version. Most of this length has been used in the rear compartment of the cabin to increase room for passengers.
The 2002 Audi A8 is the flagship sedan for the Audi model lineup, and this is difficult to forget when climbing into the interior. Leather upholstery and real wood trim provide elegance to the cabin. The rear seat in the A8 provides more than enough room for stretching out and enjoying the ride, while the A8 L takes stretching out to a whole new level. While the 2002 Audi A8 is known for its performance, comfort of the passengers is just as important. Power adjustable front seats with 14 different movements and four memory settings for the driver’s seat, dual-zone climate controls with two sun sensors, window shades, rear lumbar support, and heated seats are just some of the ways that passenger comfort is ensured no matter how long the ride.
Performance & Handling
Both versions of the 2002 Audi A8 are equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that provides 310 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. The sole transmission is a five-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission with manual shift controls on the steering wheel. The Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on both models to provide the maximum grip between the tires and the road based on the road conditions.
Even though the 2002 Audi A8 is a big car, acceleration from a stop is quick. It also has a good thrust when at speed to allow for maneuverability on the highway. Steering and handling are precise, and the inclusion of the Quattro all-wheel drive system makes the 2002 Audi A8 as precise in bad weather. The ride is smooth and comfortable, and the gas mileage is above average for its class due to the build materials of the car.
The 2002 Audi A8 is fully equipped with standard safety equipment including anti-lock brakes with electronic braking-power distribution, dual front airbags, front side airbags, rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and stability control. A new safety feature for the 2002 Audi A8 is an in-trunk emergency release, and a tire-pressure monitoring system is a new option for this model year. An optional parking system warns of rear and front obstacles by sounding alarms.
EPA Fuel Economy
2002 Audi A8: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Build quality
- Quattro all-wheel drive system
- Powerful engine
- Comfort of ride
You Won't Like
- Plain exterior style
- Navigation system
All-wheel drive and high-quality interiors make this full-size luxury sedan a viable choice.
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