The 2010 Audi A8 embodies what a flagship luxury sedan should be. The clean lines of the A8 are elegant and stately, while at the same time, modern and stylish. The 2010 A8 is two years removed from a minor 2008 update that included revised fog lights, taillights, and wheel design.
We drove the Audi A8 L model. The "L" denotes the longer wheelbase. This added length significantly benefits rear seat passengers, making the A8 L a comfortable executive coach.
The A8 and A8 L both come equipped with a 4.2-liter dual overhead cam V8 generating 350 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque. Power is sent through a 6-speed automatic transmission with TipTronic paddle shifters to Audi's proven Quattro all-wheel-drive.
Fuel economy for the A8 ranges from 16 miles per gallon city, up to 23 miles per gallon highway.
Audi is world renowned for its interior styling, and the A8 doesn't disappoint. The dash and center stack are mostly clean- the result of the hideaway pop-up navigation screen and of having the majority of controls reside in the center console.
Our test car came equipped with Valcona (Val-CO-na) leather seats, with black piping, maple copper wood trim, multi-function 4-spoke steering wheel and amaretto alcantara (al-CAHN-ta-ra) headliner.
Standard features on the A8 L include 16-way power adjustable front bucket seats, rear passenger climate controls and rear window sunshades.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and a full assortment of front and side impact airbags.
Initial base MSRP for the 2010 Audi A8 is $74,550. A nicely equipped A8 will cost around $85,000, while a fully loaded model will top out at around $97,000. The A8 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With its crisp lines, powerful engines and standard all wheel drive, the 2010 Audi A8 makes for a thrilling automobile in which to drive...or be driven.