2012 Audi A8L: Finally a Big Audi
January 30, 2012
I spent the weekend in our Long Term Audi A8 and the whole time I couldn't help but love it. I couldn't put my finger on what it was for the first night, but by day two I had it figured out. Day three I snapped this picture and then earlier today, Erin posted the exact opposite conclusion I'd come to.
The 2012 Audi A8L is a big car and, for the first time, feels like a proper big car. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
This may force me to hand in my car-guy card, but I'm going to say it: I don't like small, light cars.
They're great for that section of Mulholland from the Rock Store to Kanan and then from Latigo down to PCH, but whether you take the 101 or PCH to get to those roads, the drive is better in a big car. Light cars get better fuel economy. Big cars don't care. Plus, in a big car you don't even need to bother with those twisty roads, just keep the windows down and keep on keepin' on up PCH.
It was that feeling of open-road cruising that made (non British) cars so cool in the 50s and 60s. And that is where the 2012 Audi A8L truly excels. It doesn't shrink around you like some sort of prom dress, it owns the road from the second you fire up that big V8 until you do a 67-point turn to get it back into your parking space.
It doesn't turn on a dime and it doesn't carve corners -- though it does grip pretty well -- it's a proper full-size luxo-barge that finally competes with the S-Class and 7-Series.
Some would say that it's not a driver's car, but that would depend on a very narrow definition of the word 'driver.'
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line @ 9,000 miles