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2014 Audi A8L TDI review

By Duffer, Chicago Tribune

p.m. CST. March 8,

Diesel and luxury are no longer with irony. The new class of luxury sedans are nothing their obnoxious and fossilized and their performance is superior in and fuel economy than hybrids .

Despite the price between gasoline and diesel, and the tendency for Americans to opt for gas over Audi and its parent Volkswagen attributed 23.5 percent of its American sales to the Turbocharged Injection diesel.

The clean-burning, diesel may find the ideal in the full-size luxury class. operate at their most on the highway, and extended-wheelbase models the A8 L are made for cruising the open whether as a driver or passenger.

from the TDI diesel sticker on the panel of the front doors, the A8 L TDI stand out on the outside. It’s not or loud, and aside from the up-in-your grille, the LED daytime lights and taillights(LED headlights, cost extra), and the retracting mirrors, the A8 saves its distinction for the

This is a good thing. at $82,500 and with my test coming in just under the A8 is dignified without ever across as pretentious. If I had one word to its many capabilities, it would be But I’d have to add “oh so

In other words, “luxury.” And flagship luxury liner is with it.

I’m going to in the rear seats because the A8 is as about driving as being

The L stands for long wheelbase but going to appropriate it for the large seat with the dual control console. Power on the rear windows and rear come standard. To bump the status to the executive realm, offers a rear seat package with separate rear seats, power support, heated seats and for $3,500.

Dual in-seat DVD players are available as well.

The panoramic sunroof ($1,300) the power sunroof over the seats, opening up the interior more, cementing this flight status for passengers. The seats are such an elemental of the car they don’t fold unless you want to pay an extra for a pass-through for skis or other equipment.

The creature comforts how the vehicle actually performs, and is part of the design synthesis of the A8. The automatic transmission is as smooth as the part of VW Group’s excellent of shifts so subtle you really feel it. Tiptronic offers an distraction but the A8 does it so well on its own must just want to how superior the machine is to the driver’s ability.

There are three suspensions, Comfort, Automatic and and they are accordingly responsive to the At cruising speeds, there is to no sensation of the road passing you. The Dynamic mode more sport, more if you want to drive.

Dodging potholes with the 20-inch with all-season tires me more than the car because I its end, or my end with it, but the air suspension it as best it could.

This luxury liner the V8 for a 3-liter 6-cylinder diesel churns out 406 pound-feet of torque. beastmode territory, but it doesn’t into hyper acceleration. At 6.4 the 0-60 mph time is a second than the 2012 A8 with the V-8 gas engine. Such a high output at relatively low RPMs the A8 TDI retains that smooth but luxury feel even off the where acceleration feels if not necessarily explosive.

For a 4,564-pound it’s remarkable.

Safety abound. Traction control and legendary quattro all-wheel keep the A8 firmly planted. For extra, Audi offers the assistance package with cruise control with and go, which senses traffic of you and can stop the car. It’s to test this feature, but the sensors ringing the sedan up traffic just fine.

lane assist vibrates the when you’re drifting lanes without an indicator, and the feature detects when are in your blind spot a light on the side mirror.


Luxury gadgets

More in this package comes in the rear camera. I’m a I still check my mirrors and my shoulder when I back up. The screen shows what’s you and a bird’s eye view of the car as it backs up.

I was over my shoulder a whole lot

From operation to performance, is a sense of effortlessness. In this comes some pampering exceeds luxury. The premium ($4,000) includes a 22-way seat setting with a massaging seat that ever got old.

The Bang sound system has twin that emerge from the creating with the center a tri-corner techno-display that ceased to inspire. But is this 19-speaker system worth more than the standard surround sound system 14 speakers? I don’t know but like sitting in a sound as the world passes by, a sense of disengagement from what

Audi’s infotainment system Chrysler’s U-Connect as the most and simplest to navigate. Audi’s is more refined, fittingly, and has a next to the gear stick switches from preset or satellite stations to a letter pad for instead of pressing a letter, you it.

Ostensibly it’s so you don’t to look down, but really just to show off. The dials on either side of the wheel take a little bit of used to, as opposed to the single clicks on the rear of the Chrysler steering wheels, and the main is one of thumbs over fingers.

advantage

Luxury sedan may expect all of this, but where should be impressed is with the fuel economy of the TDI.

The class-leading 36 mph on the highway means a full tank (23.8 will last for more 800 miles. EPA lists mpg at 24 city/28 compared to 21 combined for the 2012 Slushing about Chicago’s brought me in at 27.2 combined and my score closer to 34 mpg.

In traffic the diesel fails but unparalleled on the highway.

BMW is offering a in its 740Ld for the first time in It starts at $30yes, thirty than the A8 TDI, with an fuel economy similar to the A8, and specs on horsepower and torque. The Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec starts about $10,000 and loses on fuel economy, a combined mpg of 25.

The 2014 A8L TDI spoils.

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