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2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro Test Drive Review

For those who demand the best on-road experience, whether behind the wheel or as a passenger, the 2017 Audi A8 L delivers unmatched luxury, performance, and prestige.

And as the brand’s flagship sedan, the A8 L is an absolute icon for a modern motoring lifestyle.

Find out how the A8 continues to set the benchmark for comfort and luxury amenities with a closer look at our 2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro test model.

 

2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro Exterior

The extended chassis of the 2017 A8 L radiates with exclusivity and regalness when it rolls down the street, especially when painted in the Brilliant Black color found on our test model.

For the 2017 model year, the A8 is only available in a long-wheelbase configuration, and exterior sport styling is now standard on the 3.0T model.

Audi’s signature Singleframe grille and dramatic LED headlights & daytime running lights announce the A8 L’s arrival in a dazzling fashion, complemented with 20-inch 10-spoke-Star design wheels as part of the available Executive package.

The rear fascia also sports LED lighting technology accompanied by rear fog lights and twin trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Additional exterior features include a power open/close trunk, auto dimming, power-folding, heated exterior mirrors, and a front filler panel for when you don’t need to display a license plate.

The 2017 A8 L is executive transport at its finest — sleek and subtle enough to avoid unwanted attention, but also simultaneously impressive and commanding.

 

2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro Interior

Inside the finely crafted cabin of our 2017 A8 L test model, every seat is the best seat as the optional Executive package and Rear Seat Comfort package add ventilation and massage functions for all passengers. Each seat also features powered reclining, adjustable lumbar support, and heating.

The elegant Nougat Brown interior receives premium enhancements from the available Luxury package, replacing the standard Valetta leather seats with Valcona sport seats featuring diamond stitching, and also adding a light-colored Alcantara headliner.

Individual occupants and their preferences are the top priority for the 2017 A8 L, which is why four-zone automatic climate control comes standard, along with power rear and side sunshades that can be operated from the driver’s seat or from the back seats. Acoustic and break-resistant dual pane glass on the side windows are offered as standard equipment to give you enhanced privacy, climate control, and security.

For the driver, a 4-spoke leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles provides effortless steering controls while the intuitive Audi MMI Touch system places all of your infotainment needs at your fingertips.

Audi navigation plus, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Audi connect come standard with the A8 L so you’re always plugged in to the best information and entertainment while on the road. The MMI Touch system can also be paired with your smartphone to further enhance connectivity and application options. After just a few minutes with MMI Touch, you’ll be operating everything like a pro thanks to its efficient layout and thoughtful design.

Our test model also features a panoramic sunroof, head-up display for the driver, and 22-way power front seats as part of the optional Executive package.

Whether you like to drive or be driven, the 2017 A8 L will get you there with the best luxury and convenience features found on the road today — you’ll undoubtedly feel like a VIP!

 

2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro Performance

Propelling the 2017 A8 L is a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. With the help of an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, this sedan commands the roadways in a confident and comfortable fashion.

The A8 L’s adaptive air suspension dynamics have been tuned to provide a silky smooth ride, automatically absorbing imperfections in the road and also adjusting ride height for streets and highways. Overall vehicle characteristics can be customized with Audi drive select, changing suspension dampening, throttle response, transmission shift points, and more. The vehicle’s ride height can also be manually raised to easily clear low-lying obstacles or aid in navigating steep driveways.

Standard on all A8 Ls is Audi’s legendary quattro system, providing permanent all-wheel-drive with a 40:60 torque split for agile cornering abilities and maximum traction. The rear-biased torque split also helps deliver impressive acceleration and performance-inspired driving dynamics for those who like to be more spirited on the roads.

Our favorite way to enjoy the A8 L was with soft and smooth driving inputs, as if we were chauffeuring royalty — as a passenger, this is the best way to experience the vehicle because it feels like you’re riding on a luxurious cloud.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro is an EPA estimated 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway**.

 

2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro Safety

With a sedan as robust as the A8 L, you can expect plenty of standard and available safety features, like Audi parking system plus with rearview camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, advanced airbags, and more.

Our test model came equipped with the available Driver Assistance package, which adds high-beam assistant, active lane assist, pre sense plus, and adaptive cruise control for the best in active accident avoidance. Adaptive cruise control can also be used to easily navigate stop-and-go traffic situations, helping to reducing driver fatigue.

The optional Executive package enhances the A8 L’s safety offerings by including side assist, pre sense rear, and a top view camera system. With the ability to see your complete surroundings, parking the A8 L and navigating tight spaces is a breeze.

 

2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro Overall

Simply being around the 2017 A8 L will make you feel like a very important person — this is executive transport at its finest.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro is $82,500, and our test model came well-equipped for $92,500*.

Get a taste for the finer things in life by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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