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features aim to increase safety
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winter weather capability is one of the A8's strengths
lane-departure warning system “more annoying than helpful”
Are the Audi A8's 10 airbags enough? The federal government hasn’t tested the sedan, but that number indicates how extensive the Audi’s safety package is.
The list of safety features on the 2008 Audi A8 is vast, including separate front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, front active head restraints, and electronic stability control—all standard, according to Cars.com.
Forbes Autos reports that the new Audi A8 features adaptive headlights as well. The headlights actually turn with the wheels, providing better illumination around curved roads at night. In addition, the windshield wipers are rain-sensing, the standard quattro all-wheel-drive system provides excellent control in a variety of road conditions, and the brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution insure maximum stopping power.
Two of the more innovative pieces of standard (yes, standard) safety equipment to be found on this year's A8: Audi’s side assists and the lane assist. According to Motor Trend, the side assist, which warns the driver of the presence of vehicles in the "blind spot," is "subtle and useful." The lane assist causes the steering wheel to vibrate when the vehicle begins to wander; however, Motor Trend recommends that this feature be turned off "except when going cross-country on too little sleep…it’s amusing at first, then more annoying than helpful.”
The 2008 Audi A8 has cutting-edge safety equipment, but hasn’t been crash-tested.