2012 Audi A8L: Rolling Big For 900 Miles, Pt. II
April 03, 2012
I wasn't kidding when I said our longterm 2012 Audi A8L makes high speeds easy. On my trip from Los Angeles to Sonoma and back, I set the cruise between 80-85 with some miles spent at 90-95-ish.
The A8L's adaptive cruise is pretty good as these systems go. It doesn't get freaked out easily by curving freeways and certainly allows a less-conservative following distance than our Equus' cruise. Still, I'd prefer if there was a way to turn the adaptive part off. In certain driving circumstances -- randomly-scattered cars all traveling roughly the same speed with no lane discipline (did I just describe every US highway?) -- adaptive cruise actually requires more intervention on behalf of the driver than does conventional cruise. Doh.
Anyway, the trip fuel economy for this jaunt worked out to 21.6 mpg.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor