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Audi A8 L review: A gentleman’s luxury flagship ride


The Audi A8 L 2022 promises a level of driving comfort and a stylish exterior. But does it deserve a spot in your exclusive garage?

The latest Audi A8 L comes in two spacious variants - Technology and Celebration Edition.
The latest Audi A8 L comes in two spacious variants – Technology and Celebration Edition.

The battle for supremacy in the luxury car space often goes from top to bottom, and the top three sedans of three famous German brands often engage in a very stiff competition with each other. While the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series have a significant following following, the Audi A8 has also been a favorite over the years. And to expand the fan base, the German recently updated the Audi A8 L. 2022 model.

Launching with a starting price 1.29 crore for the Tech variant and will increase Rs 1.69 lakh for the Celebration variant, the 2022 version of the Audi flagship is an updated model that continues to return to its strengths – comfort, technology and drivability. It may not be as flashy as some of its rivals but can its subtle highlights really impress niche buyers looking for a ride that extends their success?

Here is the first driving review of the Audi A8L 2022:

The latest Audi A8L wants to strike the perfect balance between youthful energy and mature confidence. Consider it a super-luxury trip of a dynamic young businessman. He or she may not want his or her trip to get eyeballs but would rather have jealous glances. Those looks are mainly due to the large proportions of the A8L and the sensible use of chrome. The steering wheel is highlighted by a large chrome plate treated with generous chromium. The extended border below the grille and enveloping the air intakes is also made of chrome. The reworked adaptive LED headlight units also look super stylish but come with 10 thousand compared to the price of the car. For the price, these smart Matrix headlights boast a mind of their own – offering the ability to automatically adjust based on surroundings and ambient conditions.

Look at the rear and sides of the Audi A8 L.

Look at the rear and sides of the Audi A8 L.

Move aside and the A8L stands on 19-inch wheels featuring a dedicated alloy design. There is a chrome strip on the lower half of the door while the sedan continues to have a strong and elongated shoulder line. The overall length of 5,300 mm and wheelbase of 3,100 mm represents an impressive and exemplifies the letter ‘L’ on the Audi A8 L. And while it may have a dramatic look, let’s get too close. and the proximity sensor on the OLED taillight bounces off a visual warning.

How luxurious is the cabin of the Audi A8 L?

Audi is offering almost an infinite number of customization options on the A8 L, which means that if you and your business partner both decide to buy this boss’s car, each of you can still have one. something unique to brag about. The sedan also comes with the option of a four- or five-seat layout which is great.

Despite being generously loaded, the cabin doesn’t feel a bit too plain when compared to the model’s direct rivals and for the price one has to pay to get inside one. Dual screens set up on the dashboard, virtual cockpit, gearshift lever are becoming increasingly common on Audi models and there is not much that the A8 L can stand out as its own. But it offers almost everything rear-seat passengers expect from a top-of-the-line sedan – plenty of leg room, an optional relaxation package with lots of massage functions including a foot massager. , entertainment screen and even the chiller are located behind the center armrest. Please note that the relaxation package is an optional extra and while the sedan comes with a 17-speaker Bang and Olufsen music system, you will have to pay extra to get a 23-speaker system.

How is the Audi A8 L to drive?

It’s quite unfortunate that for top-of-the-line sedans, almost none of the owners drive their cars. The Audi A8 L begs to be driven and with good reason.

Under the bonnet of the new Audi A8 L is a 3.0L TFSI petrol engine with 48V mild hybrid combination.  The combined output figure is 340 hp while 500 Nm of torque is offered.

Under the bonnet of the new Audi A8 L is a 3.0L TFSI petrol engine with 48V mild hybrid combination. The combined output figure is 340 hp while 500 Nm of torque is offered.

Equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged petrol engine, with a maximum capacity of 340 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and gearshifts are generally smooth and precise. Switch to Dynamic mode and this luxury car assumes an aggressive personality that helps it go from standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. I would happily trade the foot massage in the back seat for this any day, hands and feet down. And while there may not be much feedback on the joy of the steering wheel, the A8 L is an extremely comfortable car with adaptive air suspension that works overtime, all the time. Want more comfort on the go? Predicted system outages starting at Add 150,000 and help the sedan sweep the road ahead to automatically adjust the suspension

Identify

The latest Audi A8 L may be a facelift but it offers a lot for the mature audience it is targeting. Comfort is often at the top of the priority list, and the sedan dominates the game here. It’s a pretty drivable car, which means that if you decide to get behind the wheel once in a while, there’s plenty to appreciate.

Advantages

  • Comfortable back seat
  • Stylish look

Defect

  • The cabin isn’t flashy enough

And the A8 L also looks like a flagship, so there’s the added advantage of making a real statement when you arrive. The cabin, on the other hand, doesn’t completely overwhelm you with its glitz and glamor, and the optional packages add significantly to the car’s final price.

First published date: October 17, 2022, 11:02 AM IST

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