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a full complement of standard equipment
design...stand[s] out even in the high-buck segment
A8 come(s) with virtually every luxury feature as standard
Standard features abound in this year's Audi A8. Cars.com lists keyless entry and engine start-up, a navigation system, four-zone automatic climate control, a front and rear Parktronic parking system, and electric sunshades for the rear and side windows among the gear included on each A8.
Audi has fitted the base model with leather seats, bi-xenon headlights, a six-disc CD player, and "powered everything," according to Automobile.com. Those who want more can choose add-ons that include heated seats, electric sunshades, acoustic parking sensors (great for anyone who struggles with parallel parking), and backseat lumbar adjustment, as well as the massage-and-ventilation mechanisms for the front seat.
For those who must talk on their cell phones while driving (and watch out here, as more and more states are outlawing this practice), the Audi A8 is equipped with Bluetooth wireless capability, allowing for hands-free telephone operation; voice recognition for operation of the stereo as well as the on-board navigation system is also included, Forbes Auto says.
These many features can also be accessed with Audi's proprietary MMI--a series of buttons and controls mounted on the steering wheel with which the driver can operate the vehicle's numerous devices and controls easily and in greater safety, according to Edmunds. While this system looks intimidating to the uninitiated, Forbes Autos tells us that it's actually easier and more intuitive than the BMW iDrive system (albeit "more distracting than traditional knobs and buttons").
Other options include rear dual-zone climate controls, an awe-inspiring Bang & Olufsen sound system, obstacle-detection systems, a rearview camera, a solar-powered ventilation system, and a power rear sunshade. A Sport Package is also available on the 2008 Audi A8.
The 2008 Audi A8 has enough high-tech gadgets and features for the most demanding driver.