Which Way Is Up? - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Which Way Is Up?

June 28, 2012

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Remember when you were a kid and your dad taught you if you forget which way was left then to just hold out your hands palms down? The one that formed an "L" with the index finger and thumb indicated your left hand. I find myself having to do something like that when changing the radio station in our 2012 Audi A8L. Except instead of holding out my left hand, I remind myself which direction to scroll by just going against my instinct.

For example, if I want to go from the '80s Sirius station to the '90s, even though many cars I've been in go from left to right (down to up), the A8L requires that I scroll left. "Just do the opposite of what you want to do," I tell myself.

But another editor I asked made sense of this non-intuitive scrolling by saying that, if you're right handed, the direction your thumb scrolls shows whether you're scrolling up or down. Blargh.

Granted, this isn't just in the Audi A8L but in all Audis. Still. Why?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor


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