2016 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

2016 Audi S8 Plus
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi A8 family has grown to be a real contender in the world of highly-desirable full-size luxury sedans, and the S8 is its tenacious hammer.

In terms of all-out luxury, the Mercedes-Benz S-CLass is the overall winner in the category, especially when you consider the new Mercedes-Maybach trim level that turns up the opulence; Mercedes is also adding a plug-in hybrid version next year for those who want fuel economy without any real sacrifices.

The Jaguar XJ is one of the most handsome in the bunch, and its interior is a step above most vehicles in the class.

We're fond of the available supercharged V-8, too, and Jag recently added all-wheel drive to stay somewhat competitive with the Germans.

Within this class, the Lexus LS is the least engaging in standard form.

However, it's exceptionally comfortable, comes with built-in reliability as a consideration, and offers short- and long-wheelbases, as well as a variety of drivetrains and a more dynamic F Sport variant.

BMW's stalwart 7-Series is getting a refresh for 2016, with an all-new, lighter body and another rethink to its iDrive central nervous system; it will also offer trick self-parking with the driver outside the vehicle.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2016 Audi S8 pairs thrilling acceleration with excellent big-car handling and discreet luxury.
9.2
Don’t let the conservative wrapper fool you, the 2016 BMW 7-Series charges boldly into a new generation as a sporty big sedan, with new ride-and-handling tech, space-age construction, and a plug-in hybrid version.
8.6
The 2016 Jaguar XJ balances extravagant looks with dazzling big-car performance.
9.2
Coupe, Cabriolet, and Maybach versions—and even a Plug-In Hybrid—make the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class far more diverse and adventurous than it used to be; it's now not just a flagship sedan, but a family of flagships.
MSRP From   
$81,500$81,300$74,400$95,650
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class   
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.0T4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan R-Sport RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
quattro LWB SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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