With a base price of about $75,000 and a top price well over $100,000, the new Audi A8 competes with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and will have the 2011 Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS also in its sights.
Fresh from a 2010 update, the Benz S-Class spans the range of powertrains from S400 Hybrid to twin-turbo S65 AMG.
It's also the foundation for the Maybach sedans.
The BMW 7-Series was new for 2009, and since then has added six-cylinder models, an ActiveHybrid gas-electric version, and a V-12 edition, all working perfectly with its de-Bangled style and its improved iDrive controller.
The 2011 Jaguar XJ / XJL has been dramatically reworked, with a body more like the smaller XF than the dowdy aluminum panels worn by the previous version.
And finally, the Lexus LS range spans short-wheelbase Sport models to long-wheelbase hybrid LS 600h L versions, and it's an impossibly smooth vehicle to operate—though even with sport add-ons, it's still the least engaging of these sedans to drive.
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|2011 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2011 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6|
|Large||Large||Large Car||Midsize cars||Large|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|
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|2011 Audi A8 vs. 2011 BMW 7-Series||2011 Audi A8 vs. 2011 Jaguar XJ||2011 Audi A8 vs. 2011 Lexus LS 460||2011 Audi A8 vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class|