How It Handles Low Fuel - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: How It Handles Low Fuel

January 25, 2012


This weekend I was on my way to Seal Beach with our 2012 Audi A8L when suddenly the car dinged a warning. It was telling me that it was really, really low on fuel and needed to find a gas station asap. 

It even pulled up a list of the nearest gas stations on the nav. So nice! Only problem with that list is that I couldn't tell if any of them were on my route. And I wasn't familiar enough with my surroundings to know where anything was. That Chevron is 3.8 miles that way and there's a Shell 1.7 miles this other way. Um.

Not wanting to go off course I opted to just take the next exit to pull over and look for a gas station on my iPhone. OK, found one that was just a quick hop back on and off the freeway. Problem solved. 

Now it should be noted that I usually try to gas up cars before they ever get to the point where they have to tell me they're low. But looking at the fuel gauge, it was difficult to tell right away that was the case as the only indication that it needed gas was one red dash. That white dash in the photo that extends from the E to the next red dash turned red. That was it. Really easy to miss that, right?

Not a big deal as I'm sure it's something the owner of an A8 could get used to but figured it was worth noting.

Another thing worth noting? How much it cost to gas up the luxury sedan. If you were curious, hit the jump.

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That's for premium gas. Again, this is most likely something the owner of an A8 would get used to.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 8,802 miles

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