Audi A8 hybrid boot space, seating & practicality
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 regular A8, with even the standard-wheelbase version offering plenty of legroom. But, if you do need more, the long-wheelbase A8 L boasts over 3.1 metres of space between each axle, which 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 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 optional pack also adds a pair of 10.1-inch screens mounted on the front seatbacks.
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 costs & insuranceIt's a relatively efficient plug-in hybrid, but the Audi A8 TFSI e is still an expensive car to buy, service and insure
- 4Performance, engine & driveIt’s easy to love the Audi A8 TFSI e's effortless performance and sublime refinement, especially when cruising around on electric power
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortPlush materials, top-tier technology and acres of space make the Audi A8 TFSI e one of the most luxurious saloons around
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingAs one of the largest cars in Audi’s range, the A8 TFSI e majors on space, if not ultimate versatility
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi A8 TFSI e is still too new for us to assess its long-term reliability, but it should be very safe