2003 Audi A8

  • 2003 Audi A8 Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

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      4.2L V8
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  • 2003 Audi A8 L Sedan

    L Sedan

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      4.2L V8
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2003 Audi A8 Review

Not too great on the fuel economy but has top-notch style and impression.

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The 2003 Audi A8 is a stable sedan with a capacity for speed coming from its 4.2-liter V-8 engine. Audi promotes the five-speed automatic as a luxury sedan in competition with other luxury sedans in the market. However, its performance in the market leaves it far behind, a factor that could have its roots in consumer opinions as a whole with many seeing it as a regular sedan more than a luxury sedan. The parts and suspension framework is crafted from aluminum, a material that makes the vehicle lighter and sturdier than its competition. However, it does come off very well as a family sedan and is an appealing alternative for young professionals and the career executive.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Audi A8 4.2, Audi A8 L

What's New

The 2003 Audi A8 has the appearance of a close twin to all its cousins on the Audi range, and few alterations on the basic engineering set its apart. It does set itself apart slightly with its luxury offerings and now comes with heated seats both in the front and in the rear, and a heated leather-covered steering wheel. The driver gets a more informative panel with important alerts such as low-tire pressure monitor.


The 2003 Audi A8 is fitted with a rear sunshade, while the standard headlamps are high-intensity xenon. It rides proudly on a 118.5-inch wheelbase with 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/60R H all-season tires. It comes with variable intermittent wipers, and the rear window is fitted with a defogger. A power glass sunroof is also available on some trims. The outer dimensions are 79 inches width, 56.6 inches height, 203.3 inches length, 5.7 inches ground clearance, and it can handle a sizable amount of cargo in its 17.6 cubic feet cargo trunk.


The 2003 Audi A8 comes with wood trim on the center console and on the doors, while leather tops the steering wheel, the shift knob, and the bucket front seats. The driver and front passenger seats come with power and adjustable lumbar-support, while the rear seat has a folding pass-thru center armrest with storage. The 14-way front passenger and driver seats come with height-adjustable headrests that are important for neck protection against whiplash in the event of an impact.

The 2003 Audi A8 include memorized settings for the driver’s seat as well as mirror and steering wheel settings. Convenience fittings include cruise control, while the power fittings include power door locks and mirrors. It has heated mirrors and steering wheel, while power steering operates off the tilt and telescopic steering wheel where transmission, cruise, and audio controls are mounted as well. To support its place as a family vehicle, it comes with a first aid kit, and the trunk has ample cargo space. There is a remote trunk release lever on the interior of the trunk for additional safety, while the remote transmitter makes it possible for the driver to open a garage door or trigger a security alert remotely. The dashboard has an AM/FM radio coupled with a six CD-player emitting stereo output off eight speakers and one sub-woofer spewing 200 watts stereo sound.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Audi A8 is all-wheel drive with mechanical center differential coupled with a center limited slip differential. It's driven by a five-speed automatic transmission. It comes with a performance 4.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 310 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 302 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. The suspension system includes multi-link front and rear suspension and four-wheel independent suspension. A four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) is standard braking technology on all trims. The additional and standard safety features include ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear, an electronic brake-force distribution system, and stability and traction control systems.


The 2003 Audi A8 has adequate passenger and driver safety with the offering of seats with height-adjustable headrests that protect the neck of the occupant against whiplash in the event of an impact. The seatbelts in all the seats have pre-tension settings and head airbags for all the occupants. It has front and rear side-mounted airbags, while the rear seats have child seat anchors. The rear doors also have child safety locks and a remote anti-theft alarm system. An engine immobilizer comes standard, while it also has an interior emergency trunk release lever.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi A8 4.2: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Maneuverability
  • Performance
  • Audi technology
  • Interior upholstery

You Won't Like

  • Lacks entertainment for a luxury vehicle

Sum Up

Not too great on the fuel economy but has top-notch style and impression.

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