2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Warning - May Cause Drowsiness

June 11, 2012


This weekend I took our 2012 Audi A8L up to Paso Robles, which is over 200 miles away from Edmunds HQ in Santa Monica. For such road trips, I'm usually the passenger so this was a rare moment when I actually got to experience what the A8L felt like for a driver over that many miles. And, you probably saw this coming, but I am a huuge fan of its plushness, peaceful cabin, seat massagers and smooth and quiet power.

Only thing is these same great elements also conspire to induce the dreaded highway hypnosis, especially on monotonous Highway 46 east. Add in adaptive cruise control and it becomes very difficult to stay focused on the task at hand during hundreds of miles. Because what's to stop you from hitching your wagon to another driver and let them do all the "concentrating"?

In an effort to stay awake, in addition to drinking a latte with an extra shot, I avoided using the cruise control and seat massagers during the boring stretches and blasted on the tunes. Barely worked. Sigh, road trips alone are not fun.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 16,803 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Audi A8 in VA is:

$166 per month*
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