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2021 Audi A8 Hybrid Review: The Art Of Subtlety

by Aiden Eksteen

For those with a strong self-effacing disposition but with plenty of cash to drop on a luxury car, the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan is the ideal choice for premium everyday commuting. It's the brand's flagship cruiser, boasting a complex powertrain, impressive specs in all aspects, and a high-end interior, all disguised by a humble exterior that many might mistake for a modest Audi A4 at first glance. With a Herculean 443-horsepower rating and 516 lb-ft of torque mustered from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine and its sidekicks, a 14.1 kWh battery pack and electric motor, it's nearly as quick as the standard V8-powered A8, despite its eco-friendly ambitions and a 53 MPGe combined mileage rating. The Audi A8 Plug-in Hybrid is an attractive option in the exclusive full-size luxury hybrid class, despite renowned rivals like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrids providing tough competition.

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New 2021 Audi A8 Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 A8 Hybrid?

Audi has bumped the premium order up by just a notch for the 2021 model year, outfitting the 60 TFSI e's front seats with 22-way power adjustability, heating, ventilation, and massaging functions right off the dealer's floor. Nothing else is new, however, which is not surprising considering how much the vehicle already comes outfitted with as standard.

Pros and Cons

  • Electrified performance nearly matches the V8
  • Extravagant and spacious cabin
  • Understated elegance
  • Extensive list of features
  • Plenty of packages and options
  • Below-average all-electric range
  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Meek, indistinct exterior aesthetic may not appeal to some
  • Only one trim line limits diversity

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2021 Audi A8 Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L 60 TFSI quattro e Plug-in hybrid
3.0L Turbo V6 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

A8 Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 208.7 in
  • Wheelbase 123.2 in
  • Height 58.6 in
  • Max Width 76.6 in
  • Front Width 64.7 in
  • Rear Width 64.3 in
  • Curb Weight 5,335.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Terra Gray Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Vesuvius Gray Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Seville Red Metallic
  • Moonlight Blue Metallic
  • Savannah Beige Metallic

A8 Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

A8 Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 41.5 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 44.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

A8 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Audi A8 Hybrid Rear Passenger Seats Audi
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  • Trunk Volume
    10.4 ft³

A8 Hybrid Safety


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Verdict: Is the 2021 Audi A8 Hybrid A Good Sedan?

Performance from the Audi A8 Plug-in Hybrid is phenomenal. The combined 443 hp and standard all-wheel drive make light of any situation, and the 0 to 60 mph sprint of just 4.9 seconds is within a hair's breadth of the V8-powered A8's performance, despite carrying quite a bit more weight. The sedan can also reach a top speed of 84 mph on electricity alone for up to 18 miles. Unfortunately for Audi, reviews from the competition are equally as impressive: BMW's own rival is more frugal, while the Mercedes-Benz equivalent is more overtly opulent by comparison. But perhaps there's a solid takeaway from our Audi A8 Hybrid review: Others may be more luxurious, others may be more frugal, but the A8 plug-in combines power, luxury, and understated luxury into one sublime package. High levels of safety and impressive reliability ratings simply add to what is already a comprehensive package, making the A8 Hybrid a consummate all-rounder, and one of the best in the class.

What's the Price of the 2021 Audi A8 Hybrid?

As the middle-ground of the Audi A8 range in terms of price, the A8 Hybrid, or A8 L 60 TFSI e Plug-In Hybrid as it is officially denoted, is a pricey thing. It starts with a base MSRP of $95,900 in the US, exclusive of any tax, registration, licensing, or destination fees - the latter a $1,045 addition to the final cost. Rivals in the USA vary in price, but most are around the same mark, with the BMW 7 Series Hybrid priced identically.

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