2014 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

2014 Audi A8 TDI
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.

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.

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.

The undisputed champion of the class is still the Mercedes S-Class, new for 2014 and much more lavish than before; it now has its own...perfume, believe it or not.

There's been an S-Class for virtually any taste in the past, but the 2014 model year brings only the S550, with rear- or all-wheel drive, though 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.

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Quick Specs
With TDI range and captivating connectivity, the 2014 Audi A8 adds very long-distance touring to its considerable portfolio of talents.
The 2014 BMW 7-Series is not just luxurious and comfortable, but exceptionally quick and technologically advanced.
Had enough with the stoicism and tech overload of German flagships? The 2014 Jaguar XJ is a completely different kind of luxury car, with swinging style, a light, lean driving character, and a wide range of engines--including a new high-performance 550-hp XJR
The Lexus LS is all about build quality and comfort for the long-haul, though its F Sport trim dials up the fun factor slightly.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes an emotional appeal for its claim as the best sedan in the world, and we're feeling it.
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17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
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4-Door Sedan 3.0T4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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quattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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