2021 Audi A8 vs. Its Competition

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Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Full-size luxury sedans push the automotive envelope and the A8 is no exception.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets the pace for luxury and comfort, and it offers a range of models and body styles that make it more diverse.

The BMW 7-Series delivers sportier dynamics to go with its modern and luxurious cabin.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Lexus LS that boasts a more adventurous design and a softer demeanor.

The Lincoln Continental isn’t as sophisticated as its rivals, but it’s smooth and stylish.

The Genesis G90 stands out as a slick and comfortable choice that costs less.

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Quick Specs
7.2
A worthy flagship, the 2021 Audi A8 is thoroughly modern and eminently comfortable.
7.6
The 2021 BMW 7-Series has brash looks but brims with sophistication from behind the wheel.
7.0
The 2020 Lexus LS is a throwback cruiser with edgy, space-age looks, though the hybrid version is unbeatable as a road-tripper.
7.5
The 2020 Lincoln Continental offers timeless style and plenty of value.
7.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for large luxury sedans.
7.0
The 2020 Genesis G90 drops the silly luxury-car pretenses, and puts its smart money down on features and service.
MSRP From     
$86,500$86,800$75,450$46,305$94,250$72,200
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
L 55 TFSI quattro740i SedanLS 500 RWDStandard FWDS 450 Sedan3.3T Premium RWD
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
quattro LWB SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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