Rolling Big For 900 Miles - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Rolling Big For 900 Miles

April 02, 2012

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Taking our longterm 2012 Audi A8L up to Sonoma for my LeMons race a couple weekends ago was a big change. I usually take a truck or, lately, something less, well, grand.

You might not be stunned to read that the A8L is supremely well-suited for long-distance driving. Or maybe you are. In any case, it's a genuine mile-eater. It's quiet, and feels totally unflustered by high speeds.

But it's not some smothery cushmobile. Its ride is actually quite well-snubbed, meaning it acknowledges bumps and simply dispatches them. No float here, so the A8L feels sure-footed and stable at high speeds. It makes 100+ seem like 40. The variable-ratio steering that find bizarre at parking lot speeds really comes into its own on the open road, too.

Plus, the billion-way-adjustable seats are amazingly comfortable. Not a hint of road butt even after five hours in the saddle. And that's without using the massage function, which I forgot all about until late in the trip.

Let's see, downsides. I, too, am not a fan of the silly console shifter (mentioned by Ed, Erin and Josh). Too many times I selected R instead of P, or N instead of D. Argh.

Will compile the roadtrip fuel economy in a followup post.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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