2013 Audi A8 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

There's lots of performance in the Audi A8's aluminum-framed body, but passengers don't lose out to cubic inches or g forces. It's the opposite, in fact, particularly with the long-wheelbase car. Both A8 body styles can be counted among some of the best long-distance cruisers available today, thanks to ample space, multi-adjustable seats, and some thoughtful touches that rise above some of the busy lines of the cockpit.

You can have the A8 in either standard- or long-wheelbase form (117.8 and 122.9 inches between the wheels, respectively), with some clarification. The S8 sport sedan is short-wheelbase only; the W12 is long-wheelbase only. Where you have a choice in footprints, we'd recommend you choose the A8 L. That extra five inches goes almost entirely to rear-seat leg room, and though it makes for longer rear doors and slightly less nimble road manners, neither are major enough to cause acid reflux or assorted agita.

Long-wheelbase Audi A8 sedans have excellent leg room and multi-adjustable seats; fit and finish are to be envied.

No matter which model, the A8 provides lovely, supportive, 18-way adjustable front seats that combine soft-touch cushions with firm understructure for excellent support during very long-distance drives--think 600, 700, 800 miles. Mid-back support is excellent, and Audi's headrests don't force the driver's head too far forward. An option for 22-way comfort front seats bring in ventilation and massage functions. Audi's seat-control interface works inventively: a wheel on the side of the seat is orbited by a lever. Flick the lever and it brings up a screen menu that displays which cushions you're inflating or deflating. No bladder mysteries here.

The standard-issue back seat offers swell support for lanky passengers, but there's not enough leg room. The A8 L is the way to go, and not just because it piles on exotica like multi-mode climate control, power rear seats, an extending footrest and a massaging seat function. With either body, we'd buy the panoramic glass roof that opens up the cabin to a flood of light without trimming head room much.

The A8 doesn't do well in other measures. The 13.2-cubic-foot trunk is small. The cabin is quiet and refined, but more sporting models generate a fair amount of tire noise.

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