The interior looks gorgeous and is well-put-together with materials that have a feel-good factor. Audi designers have co-ordinated these interior elements holistically. For example, the touch screen blends into the piano black dash so beautifully that it looks like one seamless unit with the black interface. The upholstery, soft-touch elements, velvety black-top, and decorative trims with diffused chrome accents, all give a classy look to a roomy yet ergonomic cabin with comfortable front seats. The way the AC vents open up and tweeters come up on the dash is amazing, hinting at the attention-to-detail. My small grumble would still be the shiny areas that reflect so much of light and act as finger-print magnets. Otherwise, there's great visibility from the driver's seat to gauge the four corners of this enormous car.
Then, as you proceed to step in the second row, the long doors themselves emphasise the space inside. The large windows and the elongated window-line display great outside visibility. And once you're in, you'll not want to move out of these seats - they are that supportive and comfy! Besides, there's an incredible list of features to create the perfect ambience. Smart appointments like four-zone climate control, electrically adjustable seats with recline to maximise comfort, ambient lighting, massage and ventilation functions, a 23-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system with signature pop out-style tweeters, individual screens for the rear occupants, two sun roofs…the list goes on and on! And if that doesn’t satiate your needs, Audi has gone a step ahead to delight you with another list that includes foot massage, automated blinds, individual wireless removable screens, a wireless tablet for controlling all functions, ionisation, perfume etc. There’s even a refrigerator deep enough to hold two champagne bottles. What’s more, a matrix reading light to exactly adjust where you want it to focus, including the area and intensity. Simply mind-blowing!
Still, the lack of knobs, buttons, and touch without haptic feedback, make things a little tedious while driving. We humans take time to register and get used to tactile signals. And every time, we tend to look at what we are operating. Nonetheless, all the screens are highly customisable and make it easier for a user to select an interface according to his taste. Well, preparing for crucial meetings on the go will most certainly be appreciated for the ease of comfort, convenience, and connectivity it provides. In fact, I can imagine owners calling in 'a very private meeting in my office but outside your office'. Get the gist? If yes, possibly even pulling out a bottle and raising a toast after a successful deal!
What makes the deal sweeter is a horde of safety equipment like eight airbags, ABS, EBD, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, and so on. That said, though this long list of safety tech boosts security, what further amazes is that the A8L can park itself with just the touch of a button or through an app. However, our press car here doesn't have Audi's new AI (artificial intelligence), radar-based guidance, automatic braking, automatic parking or remote assist. Customers can opt for it while buying.