The Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro SE Executive limousine is a wonderful looking car with spectacular features.

The long wheelbase model

The long wheelbase model appears to be more of a more a chauffeur type of vehicle, rather than one you use to pick your kids and do you’re shopping. The sheer size of the car gives off a huge road presence. The standard version is the one that is more suitable for a family. Five people are able to sit in great comfort in both long wheelbase and standard wheelbase options. The vehicle performs best during long journeys rather than the short trips.

Lower emissions and fuel consumption

Given the size of the vehicle you may naturally expect it to consume plenty of petrol and emit tons of C02 emissions. Audi have implemented a great deal of advanced technology in order to ensure that the car stays powerful and economical at the same time. The exterior is made of aluminium with a much improved drivetrain running the car.

What crisis?

We are hearing of debt and economical crises on a daily basis. That hasn’t stopped buyers snapping up the Audi A8, one of the most expensive luxury vehicles in the UK. 8,647 models were sold last year here in the UK that equates to a magnificent rise of 6.2 per cent over 2010 sales. Only the rich would buy this type of vehicle, those who are unaffected by double dip recessions. Worldwide Audi managed to sell 113,797 vehicles which represent an increase of 14 per cent over 2010 sales. You are likely to see celebrities and VIP’s being driven around in one.

The rivals

What are the Audi A8’s rivals? These include the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, the Jaguar XJ as well as Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s. Experts believe that there a total of 14 models competing for this particular segment. The Jaguar XJ has been a great performer in recent times here in the UK. In 2011, the XJ accounted for 23.3 per cent of sales within that car’s particular market. The S-Class hit 19.7 per cent with the BMW 7 Series accounting for 17 per cent.  Diesel engines now account for 70 per cent of that particular market.

Engine variants available

The car will come available in 3.0 litre, 4.2 litre and 6.3 litre petrol engines. The diesel section will include a 3.0 litre and a 4.2 TDI turbodiesel engine.