When you're deep into six-figure territory, you expect the car you're buying to have a great interior. When that car is an Audi, you already know that it's going to look great and be built to the highest standards. A sumptuous mix of exotic and high-quality materials cover nearly every inch of the cabin. Once you look at the finer details, the interior becomes even more impressive. A fully digital driver info display is stunningly complemented by another pair of screens for climate control and the standard four-zone climate control system. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is also included, but it's the small details like a perfect leather-covered dash that really make this cabin feel special.
The Audi S8 seats five in its standard configuration, offering plenty of headroom and legroom for all occupants. Those in the front benefit from more than just a spacious cabin, though. There's also a heated steering wheel, heated armrests, and sport seats that feature heating, ventilation, and massage functions. Comfort is the name of the game, yet you still feel supported in the corners. If those in the back want some of that lavish lifestyle, a four-seat configuration is available. This deletes the middle seat in favor of two luxurious chairs with heated and ventilated massaging seats, 22-way power adjustment, plusher headrests, and even a heated foot massage function for the seat behind the front passenger. However, if you spec this package, the person riding shotgun loses their massage function and only gets ten-way seat adjustment in place of the standard 22.
|Audi S8 Trims||L 4.0 TFSI quattro|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.5 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||44.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||59.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||57.6 in.|
As we've alluded to already, the cabin is dressed in swanky materials. The standard upholstery is luscious Valcona leather with a diamond-stitched pattern. This is available in Nutmeg Brown with a Pastel Silver headliner, Merlot Red, Black, Saiga Beige, or Sarder Brown. Plenty of brushed aluminum breaks up the mix of leather and the occasional soft plastic while the decorative inlays are Carbon Vector as standard with Piano Black available as a no-cost option.
Despite its immense size, the S8 doesn't offer a huge trunk as most space is reserved to increase rear legroom. Still, with 12.5 cubic feet of volume and a large trunk opening (which is power-operated), it offers enough space for you to bring carry-on luggage for each passenger with space left over. The BMW M760i offers more on paper with 18.2 cubic feet, but its shape means that it's less practical in the real world. On the other end of the spectrum, the S7, with its coupe-like Sportback styling, offers double what the S8 does.
In the cabin, each door offers storage and each row gets a pair of cupholders while front occupants also get a spot for smartphones in the center console, a glove box, and center armrest storage. With the Executive package, rear passengers also get a full-length center console with additional storage solutions.
|Audi S8 Trims||L 4.0 TFSI quattro|
|Trunk Volume||12.5 cu. ft.|
If you want a long list of standard features, the S8 offers them in abundance. HD Matrix-design LED headlights with auto high beams are complemented by available OLED taillights with animation, while other standard features include soft-close doors, a 12.3-inch driver info display, and an 8.6-inch touch display for the quad-zone automatic climate control system. A heated steering wheel, heated armrests, and 22-way power front seats with heating, ventilation, and massaging are also standard. You also get power-folding heated mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, power rear sunshades, active noise cancellation, multicolor ambient LED interior lighting, cruise control, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and a power trunk lid, along with park assist, parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert with autonomous emergency braking. Although rain-sensing wipers are standard, adaptive wipers are available. Also available are heating, ventilating, and massaging functions for the rear seats, laser headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and vehicle exit warning, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and predictive efficiency, front cross-traffic alert, a night vision camera, and lane keep assist.
As standard, the 2021 Audi S8's infotainment system features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display and a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system fed with media by Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Bluetooth and USB connections are also enabled along with wireless charging and navigation. Still, that's not enough for some, which is why a B&O 3D Advanced sound system with 23 speakers is available. The Rear Seat Connectivity package also adds dual rear-seat entertainment tablets, a DVD changer, and additional USB port specs.