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Audi A8 saloon (2010-2017) - Practicality & boot space

Some rivals boast bigger boots but the Audi A8 is very spacious inside

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The Audi A8's generous dimensions are all about space and comfort, which is no surprise given it's a luxury car. Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system makes it very capable in wet or slippery conditions, too.

Audi A8 interior space & storage

The standard A8 will easily accommodate the tallest of adults in the back seats, offering plenty of knee, leg, shoulder and headroom. In the long-wheelbase model, rear-seat passengers will actually struggle to touch the seat in front of them, no matter how much they stretch. There are plenty of storage spaces around the cabin and you can even add extras like a cool box should you wish.

Boot space

There are cars with larger boots in this class, but the 520 litres of luggage space on offer in the A8 should be enough for most people’s suitcases. The back seats don’t fold down at all, so you can’t expand the space, but a car like this simply isn’t intended for taking rubbish to the tip or helping your kids move house for university.

Towing

A power-folding towing bracket is available as an £825 option on all A8 models. The 3.0-litre TDI diesels can pull a braked trailer or caravan weighing up to 2,200kg, while going for the more powerful 4.2-litre TDI diesel, the S8 petrol or the W12 petrol ups that limit slightly to 2,300kg.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    50 TDI Quattro Sport 4dr Tiptronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £81,475

Most Economical

  • Name
    60 TFSI e Quattro Sport 4dr Tiptronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £92,970

Fastest

  • Name
    S8 Quattro Black Edition 4dr Tiptronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £112,400

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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