Back when the hybrid Audi A8 60 TFSI e was first announced, we had a feeling it would quickly become the best pick of the A8 lineup. Now that its pricing and performance have been released for the US market, we know we were right. The plug-in hybrid A8 is the middle-man of the lineup in terms of pricing but it’s the best value of the bunch.
It starts at $94,000, which does make calling it a value seem a bit odd. However, when you compare it to the other Audi A8 models in the lineup, as well as some of its competitors, you’ll soon realize how much of a value it actually is and why it’s the best A8 choice in North America. Aside from the S8, of course.
For that $94,000 price tag, you get a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, the same one as the standard Audi A8, but it’s paired with an electric motor and some batteries. When combined, the A8 hybrid makes 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That makes the hybrid A8 almost as powers as the more expensive V8 model (453 hp) but more more torque (487 lb-ft). That actually makes the hybrid Audi A8 a bit quicker to 60 mph than its V8 sibling, doing the sprint in 4.3 seconds versus 4.5.
In addition to having more torque and being a bit quicker, the hybrid Audi A8 is also more efficient and has 17 miles of all-electric range. That’s not a lot but it’s enough to be helpful. For instance, during my time testing plug-in hybrids over the years, I noticed that running to a store near my house was almost always done in pure EV mode, allowing me to save fuel. So the hybrid A8 is torquier, faster, more efficient and comes with an all-electric range while also being cheaper. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
To further prove my value argument, let’s compare the Audi A8 60 TFSI e to its closest rival, the BMW 745e xDrive. That car gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged straight-six, paired to an electric motor and some batteries. Combined, it makes 389 hp and 442 lb-ft, so it’s less powerful than the A8. It gets from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.9 seconds, so it’s also slower. And at over $96,000 to start, the Bimmer is more expensive.
So when it comes to big, luxury hybrids, the Audi A8 60 TFSI e seems to be a great deal, or as great of a deal as a nearly six-figure car can be.