2009 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

2009 Audi A8

The A8 feels substantially lighter than its big-sedan rivals—likely because of its aluminum construction—and can be hustled along a tight, curvy road at higher speeds than you might think; although competing models might have more horsepower, the 2009 Audi A8 has impressive passing ability.

The interior in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class looks more modern and sophisticated than that of the Audi A8, while the BMW 7-Series and Lexus LS 460 also stand out for offering high-tech features.

Both the 7-Series and S-Class have available night-vision systems and seats, and seating comfort in both of those vehicles is about as good as in the A8.

The Lexus LS 460 has an especially conservative look and feel, along with one of the most refined and isolated interiors, for those so inclined, while the Jaguar XJ has classy, uniquely British styling and surprisingly brisk performance.

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Quick Specs
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The 2009 Audi A8 and A8 L are nimble, refined luxury sedans that still stand out from the crowd.
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Controversially styled, the 2008 BMW 7-Series still performs like a smaller sedan and carries rear passengers with ease.
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The 2008 Jaguar XJ has a rich interior, good fuel economy, and a light touch, but its dowdy exterior is a major letdown.
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The 2008 Lexus LS 460 is a little lacking in personality and presence, so it’s a good choice for those who want top technology and comforts without attracting undue attention.
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Hark! The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded with top safety and comfort-oriented technologies and is one of the best luxury sedans in the world.
MSRP From    
$74,050$76,800$63,835$62,900$86,700
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class    
LargeLargeLargeMid-SizeLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 750i4-Door Sedan XJ84-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD
Drivetrain    
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan XJ84-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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