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2017 Audi A8 Walk Around


Befitting its elegant, sophisticated nature, the A8 relies on subdued styling, with nothing flashy or excessive. Among the group of executive-level luxury full-size sedans, in fact, Audi’s A8 has one of the most restrained, low-keyed exteriors.

Substantially less sleek and dramatic than the Audi A7 sedan, the big Audi A8 isn’t short on detail work. Full-LED front lights and taillights, for example, highlight the expansive elegance of the sedan’s hood, along with its shoulders. For 2017, the A8 body gets a touch of flair, courtesy of the newly standard sport appearance, with its hint of the super-performance S8.

Interior

The Audi A8 cabin is plush and comfortable. Whether trimmed with leather, wood, aluminum, or plastic, the A8 interior seems to omit not a single thoughtful detail, augmented by use of excellent materials.

At startup, for instance, tweeters rise from the dashboard, which is surrounded by splashes of chrome. The gearshift lever is patterned after a yacht’s throttle control.

Standard seats have 18-way power adjustment and are upholstered in lush perforated leather, softly padded atop a firm structure. Four adults benefit from abundant space, especially the pair in back, helped by multi-zone climate control. If power adjustment is included, the right-rear passenger has access to a footrest, whereas the left-hand occupant enjoys massaging functions and a reclining seat. Audi’s standard infotainment system impresses, but some controls are duplicated needlessly.

A dual-panel sunroof keeps the cabin bright, with no loss of head space. Trunk space is ample, at 13.2 cubic feet, with a long lid and wide opening.

Serenely silent much of the time, the A8 keeps most wind and road noise from entering, though tire sounds might seep in while accelerating. Abundant leg space in the back seat helps make it possible for rear passengers to get work done in comfort.

With Audi’s Multi-Media Interface, a console knob permits scrolling and selecting audio, phone, climate, and navigation functions. Voice control doesn’t always respond properly to commands.

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