"Though the styling remains largely unchanged and quite reserved, much has been modified underneath the sheet metal. By combining advanced technology with smooth, refined performance, Audi has crafted a compelling alternative to other more flashy luxury saloons."
Strengths: Gas Milage which is higher than the EPA rating. This is a 4 wheel drive vehicle that I get 27 MPG on the highway, 21 -22 combined, and 19-20 in the city (Chicago). For a top line vehicle with all the comforts of any vehicle I believe that this is exceptional.
Weaknesses: This is my 6th Audi. I had the largest model Qattro, V8, and A8 models from 1986 to today's 2009 A8. This the first one that I can remember that maintenance for the first 3 years or 50,000 miles was not included. I am not sure about the early Audi's. The reliability has been great as I usually had at least 100,000 or more miles on them before replaceemnt with little trouble. One complaint is that the MMI controls are easily damaged by liquids being spilled fron a cup in the holder next to the controls. The controls should be made more robust and the cup holder moved from next to them as any liquid can easily result in a $1,000 plus need for repair.
Summary: This is a wonderful vehicle with reliability, performance, and style. I would like the maintenance restored and the resale value to be a little better. Overall it is an excellent vehicle with a slightly higher than I would like price.
Strengths: The car lives up to all the positive reviews in regard to performance and looks.
Weaknesses: In this instance, unreliable. Major service problems remain unresolved in brand new car. Audi's dealer support seems inadequate to resolve technical (i.e., computer/electronic) problems.
Summary: The car has been in service for almost five of the nine weeks which I have owned the vehicle. Repeated electronic failures attributed to "the computers" have baffled my local service department. These failures have affected at least six different electrical systems including battery failure. Parts, I am informed. are on back order and need to be shipped from Germany. Audi has (finally) verbally agreed to replace the car. (My promise to picket their booth at the Detroit Auto Show may have influenced their decision.) I am concerned about future problems with this model, however and remain uncertain whether to accept their offer or insist on refund.
Similar Products Used: Audi A-6T, Porche, Infiniti, BMW
Rating Reviewed by: peteri2(Unregistered User)
Review Date June 5, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for Less than 1 month
Visitors rate this review 2.96 of 5,
Review 3 of 33
, from Chicago,IL,USA
from Exchnage -Highland P
Year / Model Reviewed: 2002 A8L
Strengths: Fit and finish
Passenger room (back)
Smooth and consistent performance
Classic style, exclusivity
Weaknesses: Brakes could have a bit more heft
Driver armrest could extend out further
No day-time running lights
Summary: Vault-like smoothness. Handles corners in road-holding fashion that belies its size. Not a jack-rabbit, but smooth, constant acceleration. Everything is in the right place eergonomically. I have no problem with the steering. Light Silver color compliments the lines. 18" "pie-plates" look great.
Similar Products Used: Lexus Gs400, Q45
Rating Reviewed by: James Bufkin(Unregistered User)
Review Date May 19, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for 3 Months to 1 year
Visitors rate this review 2.85 of 5,
Review 4 of 33
, from Austin, Texas USA
Year / Model Reviewed: 2001 A8L 4.2 Quattro
Strengths: The car is very wide so there is plenty of space. The interior design and layout is better than a BMW or Mercedes. The engine is strong. Rear space on a A8L is ample, a bit cramped on a A8(much like a A6). Trunk is large on both models. Quattro. In dash CD and CD changer. The Navigation is more difficult to program cause of the sleak input design, but better in actual use, cause its safer. The Nav display is right on the dash between the tach and speedo. And the instructions are verbal so there is no looking over to see a display. Dual armrests. Great Acoustic parking system. Solar powered sunroof keeps the AC fans going when the car is parked. All aluminum frame makes the car much lighter and faster than it looks. The car is perhaps the safest passenger sedan on the road with dual front 5 star ratings. Dual front, Side impact airbags front and rear and Curtain airbags over the side windows coupled with aluminum space frame arguably make this car the safest on the road. Incognito styling makes this car luxurious without being arrogant.
Weaknesses: Rear seats need recline option like BMW,
Very bad Blindspot at 5 o''clock on A8. Incredibly bad blindspot at 5 o''clock on A8L. The blindspot is caused by the thick C column and Rear headrests. It''s not really a problem with the right mirror set correctly. Steering is over-assisted and makes the car too "tourey", but my wife likes it cause its effortless. The car shifts out of 1st too quickly. On some years, the stock tires are terrible and make the car squeel very easily in corners. (ditch the goodyears)
Audi has a reputation for making great cars and having terrible dealerships in the United States. Well I can say its True. Their dealers are horrible. You have to use them cause the cars have a 4 year warranty that covers maintenance. So be aware.
Summary: I''m an Audi nut, but I''m going to be objective as possible. A stunning car. The interior buttons and controls are intuitive and easy to use. The Bose stereo is excellent and easily outperforms everything but the most expensive aftermarket units and systems. Seats are extremely comfortable for a 6''2" driver (I can straighten my left leg). I used to have a 2000 A8 and traded it in for the 2001 A8L for the extra 5" of rear leg room and the more imposing look. The A8L is a real head turner of a car, amazing considering the older exterior styling. There just aren''t that many on the road. More impressive than a 7 series or S series because of their rarity and size.
The 310 hp engine is extremely fast and the ride is impeccible and quiet. The Quattro is an absolute must if you drive in the rain. I''ve seen BMWs and MB at a complete standstill when launching from a redlight with their tires spinning on the wet asphalt or their engines revving down to re-establish grip, while my Audi screams away.
Similar Products Used: BMW 7 series (A very nice car, needs AWD)
Strengths: Fast, glued to the road handling for a big car, excellent interior finish, good exterior design.
Weaknesses: Let's face it. Not many of these cars are built. There are numerous problems that need to be addressed. Don't buy one if you can't afford the post warrenty repairs.
Summary: I love these cars - but people must be warned they are always in the shop. I should know - I've owned two and the first was a lemon I sued and got all my money back and the second was an audi assured used model (was afraid of buying new) and it too has endless problems. However, they drive like no other sedan, are very fast, super comfortable and look better than the competition