2011 Audi A8 L Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor
June 21, 2011
Audi's flagship luxury sedan, the A8, comes in two different lengths (and wheelbases)—A8 and A8 L. The 'L' in the 2011 Audi A8 L might as well stand for luxury, rather than length, as it's the way to go if you ever plan to have adults ride in back. It's about five inches longer in both wheelbase and length, with nearly all of that added stretch going toward back-seat legroom. Rear doors are also a bit longer, for easier entry and exit, and the length is a positive for ride quality. You might trade off a slight bit of maneuverability and parking ease, but we think nearly all American luxury sedan shoppers will be quite easily convinced it's worth it.

And to match the expectation that adults will ride back there—or in a few cases, those who prefer to have the driving for them—the A8 L includes plush power-adjustable individual seats, with a footrest for the right one and massage and recline functions for the right one.

Price typically doesn't matter much to those considering a car in this class, but if you're curious the A8 L costs about six grand more. In other respects, the A8 L is equipped nearly the same as the A8. It's powered by the same perky 4.2-liter V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic, and Audi Drive Select allows comfort when you want it while allowing this big sedan to feel nimble, almost tossable, in tight corners.

The Google Maps-based navigation system is one of the best on the market, and the much-improved Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system includes the trick new MMI touch (touchpad) system, which lets you scribble out a letter at a time for navigation or phonebook entries. It works surprisingly well. Plus, the available Bang & Olufsen Advanced sound system has 1400 watts and majestic, concert-hall sound. Loaded with these top-tech options, it's the icing on one of the most attractive, tightly detailed and nicely trimmed interiors in the business.

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