2019 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

2019 Audi A8 image
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Audi A8 lets its tech flag fly in the luxury executive class.

The standard bearer there has long been the Mercedes S-Class, and with an update for 2018, the S-Class now covers a spectrum that includes V-6s to twin-turbo AMGs, even plug-in hybrids, as well as coupes and convertibles.

The BMW 7-Series goes point for point on powertrains, on panache, and even on in-car fragrance dispensers.

Jaguar's XJ has less space, a more glitzy interior, and a lighter touch to the controls, and like the Cadillac CT6, it's a step below the Germans in prestige and in content, though Cadillac has Level 2 self-driving hardware.

The new Lexus LS has an expressive shape and a more advanced hybrid, but aims more for comfort than control.

2019 Audi A8 image2019 Audi A8
Browse Used Listings
2019 BMW 7-Series image2019 BMW 7-Series
Browse Used Listings
2019 Cadillac CT6 image2019 Cadillac CT6
Browse Used Listings
2019 Jaguar XJ image2019 Jaguar XJ
Browse Used Listings
2019 Lexus LS image2019 Lexus LS
Browse Used Listings
2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class image2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
The 2019 Audi A8 plots out the course for next-level self-driving cars, and utilizes other technology to advance its luxury and connectivity.
The 2019 BMW 7-Series is a flagship luxury sedan in the way they used to be: leather everywhere, big power, excellent options.
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is smarter and more powerful, but will that put it on more driver's radars?
The 2019 Jaguar XJ echoes British luxury sedans of yore, with big supercharged engines, a somewhat gaudy interior, and loads of elegant style.
Drivers may not find much to lust after in the 2019 Lexus LS, but it pampers like few other luxury sedans.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers effortless power, sublime handling, scads of safety features, and the incontrovertible impression of wealth, tastefully applied.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas V6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
55 TFSI quattro740i Sedan4-Door Sedan 3.6L Luxury AWDXJ R-Sport RWDLS 500 RWDS 450 Sedan
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
quattro LWB SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 Audi A8 vs. 2019 BMW 7-Series2019 Audi A8 vs. 2019 Cadillac CT62019 Audi A8 vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ2019 Audi A8 vs. 2019 Lexus LS2019 Audi A8 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class