2012 Audi A8L: Still The One
August 21, 2012
When the Jaguar XF joined our fleet, I was certain it would be a shoo-in to replace the A8 as my favorite luxury sedan in our lineup (and yes, I know the two models aren't direct competitors).
But it hasn't turned out that way.
While the Jag is more nimble and energetic than the larger A8, it has nothing on the Audi when it comes to sheer opulence. Not the gimmicky opulence that has to do with shiny parts rising up to greet you when you start the engine; I'm talking about the kind of luxury that comes from impeccable materials quality and solid craftsmanship.
Speaking of solid, I also like the tank-like way in which the A8 covers pavement -- so substantial and assured. The XF scores great marks for being eager and engaging, but I love luxury, and on that front, it's still the A8 for me.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor