Audi UK is matching BMW by making a keenly-priced service and maintenance package, claimed to reduce running costs, permanently available for its recently redesigned A8 flagship model.

BMW (GB) recently launched a similar package for its A8 rival, the 7-series.

Availability of the comprehensive support package, which Audi has offered since the A8 launch at a one-time cost of £500, has now been extended indefinitely.

The package covers all new A8 models for five  years or 75,000 miles, whichever is sooner, and is claimed to be the most ‘all-encompassing’ of its kind in the prestige market.

The service element covers all parts and labour required as part of the ‘official Audi service schedule, for the duration of the contract. The maintenance section covers the replacement of any parts or items, subject to fair wear and tear, and virtually any other unexpected repairs arising from proper use of the vehicle (excluding damage caused by abuse, accident, vandalism or neglect).

The A8 service and maintenance package can only be specified at the time of purchase, but can be transferred to subsequent owners over the five-year period.