2008 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

2008 Audi A8
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The aluminum-bodied A8 feels substantially lighter than its big-sedan rivals and can be hustled along a tight, curvy road with surprising velocity; and although competing models might have more horsepower, the 2008 Audi A8 has impressive passing ability.

Although its design is quite dated, it still looks dignified on the outside and stands out as elegant and upscale inside.

The interior in the S-Class, however, looks more modern and sophisticated, while the 7-Series and 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 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 XJ has classy, uniquely British styling and surprisingly brisk performance.

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2008 Jaguar XJ XJ82008 Jaguar XJ
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2008 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
Perky, nimble handling and frisky, refined performance is what separates the 2008 Audi A8 from the rest of the super-sedans.
Controversially styled, the 2008 BMW 7-Series still performs like a smaller sedan and carries rear passengers with ease.
The 2008 Jaguar XJ has a rich interior, good fuel economy, and a light touch, but its dowdy exterior is a major letdown.
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.
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Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 750i4-Door Sedan XJ84-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan XJ84 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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