2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8 L: Like The Interior Design

March 01, 2012

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It's too bad I can't just sit in our A8 L all day and work. It's certainly a lot more pleasant than my office chair.

Not surprisingly, the A8 has a lovely interior. But perhaps you'd like some details as to why. So I've taken some pictures of the details I like most.

First of all, I like the look of the overall dashboard and center stack design. There's a definite "cockpit" feel to it, particularly if you're resting your right hand/wrist on the gear selector. You don't experience this is many other cars.

I also really like the interior color selection of our car. The dark brown for the leather and wood trim is really attractive and certainly more interesting than if we just had the typical black.

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The faux-suede door inserts are a nice addition. This isn't something you normally see in a car. The solid-feeling door release handle and the metallic speaker grilles are also nice.

audi_A8_intr4.JPG I also like the extra padding used for the center stack where you knees might come in contact.

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LED strip accent lighting. It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but there's a strip around the sunglass holder/map light area and then strips above the B-pillars. Classy.

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OK, there is one thing I don't like. Overall, the MMI controls/switchgear aren't quite as nice as I'd like. Many of the buttons have a lightweight feel to them. That alone isn't really bad, as the quality is still there. But the silver plastic buttons on the dash and for the memory seating do feel a little cheap. They too have an overly light feel to them and wiggle around a bit when you put your finger on them. Seems out of place given the rest of the car.

Still, I really like the overall ambiance of our A8's interior.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,252 miles

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