What the critics say
The 2019 Audi A8
Car and Driver
“If comfort, ease, convenience, and technological features are the measures of a modern luxury sedan, it’s hard to call the 2019 A8 anything but a win.” Soberly styled inside and out, it’s “a cruise missile for the wealthy” that “straightens freeways with ease.” Granted, “it’s hard not to shake your head at some of the rich-folk gimmickry”—including an optional foot massager for one rear passenger. But other innovations mark the Audi flagship as among the most technologically advanced cars in the world.
One of its big selling points—that the prototype can drive itself at speeds up to 37 mph—is moot for now. Until U.S. regulations change, the system won’t be installed. But there are two other optional features due next year that you may want to wait for. A predictive active suspension will be able to detect and adjust to road imperfections on the fly, while a four-wheel steering system dramatically tightens the turning radius, making this limo-size car “noticeably more agile.”
Even so, the A8 focuses less on performance than on offering all passengers “a minimalist, spa-like environment.” Not everyone will love that most of the control buttons have been replaced by two touchscreens, but the cabin design is impeccably tasteful and the ride deeply soothing. “Think sensory deprivation tank, not guided missile.”