"Perfect tech car for snow white and seven dwarfs!"2.5 starson by M_Can
Pros: Incredible wide array of options, comfortable if you can manage to fit in
Cons: Cramped, looks like an A4 but just harder to park, almost everything's optional and pricey, why would you spend almost 100k and buy an Audi when you can buy a Mercedes for the same price?
Summary: I don't know about you but when I purchase a full size sedan, I expect a couple things that I can not get from any car below that range; size, expensive and creative design, comfort, tech toys and etc. To be perfectly honest, the A8 does not satisfy any of these conditions...
As a 6'4", 200lbs. guy, I remember the very first time that I sat behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 . Not because it was incredibly fast or mind blowing fun to drive but because it was cramped. As a matter of fact, I've needed a friend of mine and two other guys in the dealer to literally shoehorn me out of the car (they've really used a long metal shoehorn for my back!!!) while my foot hooked the center console out of it's place. As the new owners of Lamborghini, Audi seems like liking this design feature very much and adept it on every car they make. The A8 -which was a short wheel base- is incredibly tight and cramped, especially for a "full size sedan". The front seats are comfortable but in order to have a decent leg room, you need to push the seats way back and for the back seats, there's no headroom what-so-ever (think of Eagle's coupe's back seat headrooms in mid 90's!!!).
Even when you manage to ignore the cramped space inside, the outside is no prize either. If you're looking for striking good looks, look away from A8 to anything else that you can see. This is just an A4 that's harder to park because of the longer wheelbase (but the same cramped volume inside!). The designers of Audi are probably the second laziest designers in the industry (the first ones come from the mother company -Porsche!!!) and all they seem to do for the outside of the cars is to increase the size of the parts for an A4 in steps to make A6 and A8. And I believe there's a reason for this approach, focused marketing!
This A8 is built for people who wear shoes which guarantee additional 3 inches, that does not care for outside looks and/or able to surf the web or other manufacturer's dealers to see that there many other cars that provide more for the same amount.
Yes, the interior craftsmenship is incredible and Audi offers almost every toy -and some more- that you can think of but almost all of these are charged extra. The B&O rig sounds great but not that great to worth it's price tag (as a matter of fact, I don't understand the logic behind purchasing a B&O system either, it's all Phillips bits and pieces inside for 10 times the price!). The seats are comfortable and the quality of the nav screen is as good as BMW's 9" screens. Audi keeps bragging about it's 3D graphics engine for the Nav, but I just find the bird's eye view 2D rendering much easier to peek (after all if you try to enjoy the quality of the 3D while driving at 100mph, it'll be quite fun to watch you from outside while you rear-end the 18 wheeler!). Once again, the gadgets are available but get ready to pay enough money to purchase a smaller Audi on them, if you decide to have 'em all!
So, as I've mentioned on the "one line summary", this is "the" car for the seven dwarfs, perfect interior size, expensive enough for their copyright earnings from the Disney and enough room for snow white in the trunk if they decide to take her for a drive along with them. And when they look from outside and guess the interior space according to it's exterior size, they might even mistake these seven fellas for normal size guy!
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