2013 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

2013 Audi A8 3.0T
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Large luxury sedans are the envy of the auto universe, and the Audi A8 has been making progress in the space for the past two decades.

The undisputed champion of the class is still the Mercedes S-Class, in its final model year for 2013 before a reworked version arrives in 2014.

There's an S-Class for virtually any taste, from the S350 BlueTEC turbodiesel to the S400 Hybrid to the maniacally powerful S65 AMG--but the future holds S-Class coupes and Rolls Ghost rivals.

The S-Class' closest sales rival is the BMW 7-Series, which comes in almost as many flavors, including the ActiveHybrid 7 and the V-12 edition.

As of late, the Jaguar XJ's joined the fray, with supercharged V-8 powerplants, ultimate interiors, and a glamorous aluminum body of its own giving it renewed hope.

Of all these range-topping four-doors, the least engaging is the Lexus LS; it's offered in short-wheelbase Sport models to long-wheelbase hybrid LS 600h L versions, all of which are incredibly smooth and comfortable, but lacking in verve and visual energy.

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Quick Specs
9.0
Peerless cabins, advanced connectivity, and athletic road feel give the 2013 Audi A8 a few weapons in its battle with the luxosedan titans.
9.4
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
8.8
Swinging style and newfound traction and gas mileage make the 2013 Jaguar XJ a more complete offering than it's ever been.
8.6
The new F Sport turns up the heat just a little bit, but you'll still savor the 2013 Lexus LS more for its interior appointments and luxurious long-distance comfort than for its performance.
9.2
Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
MSRP From    
$72,200$73,600$73,200$71,990$92,350
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V8Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class    
LargeLarge CarsLarge CarMidsize carsLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 3.0L4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid 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    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic