Audi A8 hybrid practicality & boot space
As one of the largest cars in Audi’s range, the A8 TFSI e majors on space, if not ultimate versatility
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The A8 is the largest saloon in Audi’s range and so it follows that it’s one of the most practical, especially in long-wheelbase form. In fact, the A8 is more likely than many cars to spend much of its life ferrying adults around in the rear seats. It’ll carry a lot of luggage to and from airports, too, so it’s good news that there’s plenty of space for suitcases in the back.
Audi A8 hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
You can have your A8 hybrid in one of two wheelbase lengths; which one you pick is likely to be determined by how much space you want rear-seat passengers to have. Our hands-on test was of the longer A8 L, which at just over 5.3 metres is the longest car in the class. Its wheelbase of just over 3.1 metres means there's space for even the tallest people in the rear seats.
Audi is known for its high-quality interiors and the A8’s is no exception, filled with (mostly) high-quality plastic and plush leather. With the £2,195 Rear Comfort Pack, the standard rear bench is upgraded to a ‘2+1’ layout, complete with power-adjustment, footrests, lumbar support and LED reading lights, plus acoustic double-glazing throughout to further improve what are already high levels of refinement.
The plug-in hybrid A8 has to make some room for its batteries but still offers a large 390-litre boot; just five litres down on the Mercedes S 560 e L, but some way behind the BMW 745Le xDrive's 420 litres. You can’t fold the seats down to expand the boot, but a powered tailgate is standard, as are power-closing doors.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe flagship Audi A8 60 TFSI e is a great showcase for how well suited plug-in hybrid power is to luxury limousines
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Audi A8 TFSI e competes strongly with its closest rivals when it comes to fuel-efficiency, range and charging speed
- 3Running costsIt's a relatively efficient plug-in hybrid, but the Audi A8 TFSI e is still an expensive car to buy, service and insure
- 4Engines, drive & performanceIt’s easy to love the Audi A8 TFSI e's effortless performance and sublime refinement, but there are some small niggles
- 5Interior & comfortPlush materials, top-tier technology and acres of space make the Audi A8 TFSI e one of the most luxurious saloons around
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingAs one of the largest cars in Audi’s range, the A8 TFSI e majors on space, if not ultimate versatility
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Audi A8 TFSI e is still too new for us to assess its long-term reliability, but it should be very safe