Mirrors are Too Easy - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Mirrors are Too Easy

January 20, 2012

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I got into our long term A8L the other day and immediately noticed something I hated: The side-view mirror on the passenger side had tilted downward to show me the bottom of the pole I was trying not to hit. 

The mirror presumed I was going to park next to a curb and was protecting its too-big (but not as silly big as they could be-- we didn't get the goofy 20s) wheels.

So, instinctively, I went into the MMI to custom tailor this. Here's what I found instead: I can adjust the passenger seat with the driver seat controls; I can adjust the brightness of the interior accent lighting in either the front top, front footwell, rear top rear footwell or all areas; I can customize the door locks (all open on unlock, do not autolock); I can set the wipers to a service position; I can set easy entry (off) and probably 1,000 other things I've since forgotten, but I could not figure out how to turn the curb mirror off.

Foiled and tired of looking at the ground, I knew it was time to RTFM.

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That's it??  I mean, I'm grateful that this feature is a) available and b) easy to use, but with everything else bundled into the main computer system, I'd assume this would be as well.

Sometimes the most obvious solution is the one you try last.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line

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