2019 A8 New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Audi A8 marks the beginning of a new generation of big Audi sedans. It uses technology to stand out: It sports a predictive active suspension with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a dual-screen infotainment system, and rear-axle steering, which make the 2019 A8 the most advanced and comfortable car Audi has ever built.
The new A8 is also more sporty, with a buttery ride. The sole engine for 2019 is a smooth and powerful turbocharged V-6, but coming soon is a twin-turbo V-8. A plug-in hybrid is in the works.
The styling evolves with a wider grille and slimmer LED headlamps, new character lines on the sides, and thinner taillights. It's chiseled and sober. Inside, some buttons and switches have been replaced by a digital display and two touchscreens. The upper handles navigation and infotainment, while the lower handles climate control. The A8 also has wireless internet access.
The A8's so smart, its available active suspension uses cameras that scan the road for bumps and ruts, then adjusts in anticipation. It smooths out the ride, and can help mitigate accidents by rising 3.1 inches if it senses imminent impact. Its all-wheel-drive system can divide torque on demand, and available rear-axle steering helps it slip into tight parking spaces easily.
No full-size luxury car is frugal at the pump, but the A8 is not bad, EPA-rated at 19 mpg city, 27 highway, 22 combined. .
The Audi A8 3.0T comes fully loaded with automatic high beams, heated 18-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 10.3- and 8.6-inch touchscreens for the infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a panoramic sunroof, a power trunk, 19-inch alloy wheels, and automatic emergency braking.
An Executive Package includes wireless phone charging, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, 22-way adjustable front seats with cooling and a massage function, and an automatic parking system.
An Executive Comfort Rear Seat Package adds heated and cooled rear seats with a massage function and lumbar control, a leather rear center console with fold-out tables, a footrest with foot massage for the right side rear seat.
A Luxury Package includes ambient interior lighting, extended leather, an Alcantara headliner, Valcona leather, aluminum buttons, and an air ionizer with a fragrance dispenser.
A Driver Assistance Package includes an adaptive cruise control system that can control the brakes, steering, and throttle at low speeds and in traffic jams. It requires the driver to keep his/her hands on the wheel. .