Having owned Mercedes and BMW, I know
the competition. And the LS 430 Ultra
Luxury I have the privilege to own
beats anything under $130K. Uncanny
combination of smooth ride and
controlled handling. Quality of
materials and workmanship second to
none. Excellent outward visibility
(the main downfall of the Audi A8).
Tight turning radius (better than any
of its competitors). Outstanding gas
mileage for its considerable size and
weight (27 mpg on the highway). Large
trunk even with rear air conditioner.
Doors open wide for passengers.
Adaptive self-leveling HID headlights
are amazing. LED taillights fast and
bright. Stereo is like being there.
Superb build quality. Clear
smoothness than makes a 500 mile trip
seem like 100. Technical complexity
delivered with highest reliability.
Exterior styling has been
substantially improved for 2004, but
still has room for improvement.