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Audi A8 3.0 TDi

Broadcast dates : 19th February 2006
25th February 2006

There’s no doubt that the Audi A8 has reached iconic status amongst journalists. Car Magazine, for instance recently rated it as its top luxury sedan. At Car Torque we’re not convinced.

The problem the A8 has going for it is that it can very well be perceived as just another Audi. It’s not strikingly different in appearance from the A6, for instance.

Will the diesel version bridge the gap?

The first good news is that this one refined oil burner. Minimal combustion clatter, and yes, seen in elegant surroundings the car does have grace. And pace too on the open road.

One of the criticisms we have of the Audi is that it doesn’t offer as refined a ride as its competitors,

In this class of car, handling, lateral G-force grip, and razor-sharp turn-in are secondary to a car that may very well be chauffeur driven.

Comfort is king in this class and to us the Audi is a bit too rigid, hunkered down, so to speak.

As for the engine choice, at the fuel pumps you’ll be very well pleased.

But ultimately, we feel a petrol power plant still adds that indefinable aura of refinement that a diesel lacks.

Audi A8 3.0 Tdi
  • Engine: V6 turbodiesel 2 967 cc
  • Power: 171 kW @ 4 000 rpm 
  • Torque: 450 Nm @ 1 400 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed Automatic All-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 7,9 seconds
  • Top speed: 240 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 10,3 litres/100 k (estimated)
  • Price: R645 000
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