2011 Audi A8 L Review

By on August 16, 2011
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3rd Gen Audi Flagship is full of win.

Good: Impeccable Interior, Perfect blend of Luxury/Sport Driving characteristics, Endless customization options.
Bad: The car’s optional extra’s make it great, skip those & you lose out.
Price: AED 350,000 as reviewed
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Flagshippyness doesn’t end there. We tested out the A8 L – the long-wheelbase variant of the A8, which at 5.27 meters is one of the biggest cars in its class. Our test car came loaded with dual sunroofs, a 19 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that pops out from the dash and a Rear-Seat Entertainment System with two 10.2 inch screens that let you view and control the car’s SatNav. So you can update or view your route from the rear seats. The A8L also features a recliner (no, I’m not kidding). The seat behind the front passenger’s seat has a footrest that folds out, along with a massage function with its own remote. All four seats are adjustable in 22 different ways, have their own independent cooling/heating & massage controls. The car also features selectable ambient LED lighting, you can pick between ivory, polar & ruby red color schemes. There’s also a folding table & a fridge at the back, should you get thirsty or want to work on your laptop.

I really wasn’t kidding about the recliner

On the road, the A8 exceeds expectations, it’s a massive car and yet it has a dialed-in sportiness to it. it’s smooth, silent & powerful. There are no vibrations or wind noise at any speed and road imperfections are rendered mute by the A8′s active damping system. It’s a bit like driving around in a 4-wheeled library. A library with a cruise control system that works up to 250km/h and brakes automatically when required. The A8 also comes with Lane Assist & Side Assist – with an audible/visual warning should the car’s radar see something you haven’t been able to spot. Another optional extra is the Night Vision System. An infra-red camera detects pedestrians & animals, alerting the driver through a display on the dash. Pedestrians are highlighted and if they are crossing the path of the A8, a visual and acoustic warning is provided.

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