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2018 Audi A8 Walk Around

The A8 is stylish, nothing flashy, not even excessive. It’s sophisticated, restrained and low key. It’s way less sleek and dramatic than the Audi A7 sedan.

It’s well detailed. Front LED lighting highlights the expansive elegance of the hood and shoulders. What used to be the Sport package of exterior tweaks is now standard, making it officially in our book a sport sedan. Never mind that the gearshift lever is patterned after the throttle of a yacht.

The S8 is the ultimate sleeper, hiding its 605 horsepower under a hood and body that’s no different than the A8 sedan, except four inches shorter, although it looks longer because it’s lower. The subtle spoiler on the deck lid is the only cue.

Interior

If the A8 exterior is well detailed, the cabin is extremely well detailed, with the best materials, whether it’s leather, wood, aluminum, plastic, or splashes of chrome. It’s plush and comfortable. The standard front seats adjust 18 ways, upholstered in perforated leather, and comfortable; it feels like two cushions, soft on top of a firmer one. At startup, tweeters rise from the dashboard, to name one cool detail.

Two adults have plenty of room in the rear, comforted by individual climate control. An option includes a footrest for the right side and recline/massage for the left. The dual panel sunroof doesn’t steal head space. Trunk space is 13.2 cubic feet, slim for a full-size car. The S8, with its shorter wheelbase, has a smaller trunk.

Audi engineering keeps away almost all wind and road noise. The A8 is silent and serene.

The standard infotainment system is impressive, using Audi’s Multi-Media Interface, a knob on the console that spins and clicks, to scroll and select audio, phone, climate, and navigation.

There are a couple flaws to the infotainment system. Some controls are duplicated needlessly, and voice control has a mind and voice of its own. It doesn’t always respond properly to commands. Good luck if you can find one of those in life.

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