The new luxury is opting out, and few cars are so willing and able to take their own reins as the 2019 Audi A8. Fourth generation of the German automaker’s flagship luxury sedan, it’s the four-door epitome of everything Audi holds dear. Performance, safety, and technology.
From the outside it’s a bolder, sharper car than the old A8. A more imposing grille, crisper crease-lines, and quattro-emphasizing wheel arch bulges make for a handsome yet timeless design that may very well age more gracefully than some of its competition. Sadly US cars won’t get the clever laser headlamps and all of the OLED taillamp magic.
Inside, luxury jostles with gadgetry for pole position. The US will only get the A8L, Audi’s long wheelbase version, but no matter the size there’s plenty of top-quality leather, open pore wood, and aluminum. Options include massage seats, a choice of air fragrances, and even foot massage in the rear.