Audi A8L: Closer Than I Thought
June 21, 2012
Shuttled the Wife and Kid to the airport this morning in the A8L, and loading the luggage was a tighter fit than I anticipated. The empty trunk seemed suitably cavernous when I peered in there a few days ago, but it only just swallowed one of the suitcases and two boxes full of gifts. Not unreasonable of course, but behind the wheel of this car you sometimes get the impression it could carry enough kegs for a Homecoming weekend frat bender.
Did appreciate the disappearing gooseneck hinges, though. And no, there wasn't enough clearance to stand the case on its side. Tried.
The long wheelbase came in handy, as a second, slightly smaller suitcase slotted right in the gap between the rear seat and front passenger seatback, leaving room for a couple of carry-on bags next to the Kid in her car seat. Would've been a real puzzle with another traveler/passenger, and a reminder that this big cruiser - despite its size and length isn't the low-slung SUV you might imagine.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor