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standard "keyless entry and start-up
audiophiles will not want to miss" the Bang & Olufsen audio option
navigation system is "relatively simple to program and use
The 2010 Audi A8 sports the expected, lengthy list of standard luxury and convenience features.
Among them a navigation system is standard, as are heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth, 19-inch wheels, a trunklid spoiler, and adaptive bi-xenon headlamps. Ventilated, massaging sport seats are standard on long-wheelbase A8 sedans and optional on the short-wheelbase car. Cars.com lists keyless entry and engine start-up, four-zone automatic climate control, and front and rear Parktronic parking sensors, among the gear included on each A8.
A Sport Package brings big 20-inch polished alloy wheels, summer performance tires, adaptive air suspension, and steering-wheel shift paddles. Other options include rear dual-zone climate controls, an awe-inspiring Bang & Olufsen sound system, a solar-powered ventilation system, and a power rear sunshade. A carbon-fiber interior trim option is offered, though interior leather options have been cut for this final model year.
Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) uses a roller wheel and buttons to provide control over audio, climate, and entertainment systems while leaving the driver's eyes on the road. Compared to BMW's iDrive or Mercedes-Benz's COMAND, MMI is much easier for newbies to figure out, and TheCarConnection.com's editors feel that it's less distracting overall-particularly in the new software adopted for the 2010 model year.
The 2010 Audi A8 and A8L blends technology features ably with old-school luxury finishes and trims.