Audi A8 L 4.2 TDI : Road Test
Considering that this big boy from Ingolstadt has been around since as long as 1994, the latest A8 is only in its third generation right now which means Audi has been taking it slow to get it right. While the latest version has been around for over a year, Audi has now introduced the A8 with the stonking 4.2 TDI engine. ZigWheels puts it to the test!
Time to move in!
The first few moments that I spent in the cabin, I pretty much had ridiculous thoughts about how the A8’s cabin would make such a cozy place to live in. That’s just how welcoming and not to mention luxurious the Audi’s interiors are.
The A8 presents a well made and well appointed business-like environment and prospective buyers (read well heeled) will feel totally at home. I on the other hand got busy exploring the grand sweep of gadgets and buttons woven into architecture that doesn’t threaten with button frenzy.
There's a Multi Media Interface screen that pops up out of the dash, controlled by a simple scroll-and-click wheel. Gears are accessed via a lovely gear selector that looks a bit like the throttle control from an airplane, which then acts as a kind of lazy wrist-rest when you're playing with functions on the move. The seats adapt and move in ways your body may not even accommodate. For the first few minutes, all you do is sit in the thing, pushing and prodding switches. But it is the ambience of the interior that will play an important role in the long-term success of the A8, and the way it marries technological know-how with traditional materials so comfortably merits special praise.
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