The 2019 Audi A8L ready for the future is filled with new technologies. From standalone features to the new infotainment system to impressive active performance technology, I’ve already explored everything new and remarkable. But the A8 is not only more high-tech than before. it’s also more comfortable and luxurious than ever.
Let’s start our 2019 Audi A8L experience where most readers start: the parking garage. Audi has ballyhooed the bejeezus of its street parking system that uses swarm data to exploit the available parking spots on GPS destinations, but they have also developed several features on the side of the equipment intended to make the parking act more carefree. If you prefer to do most maneuvers yourself, but sometimes use a little help, the above-mentioned network of cameras and sensors can create a 3D rendering of your car that makes it easier to visualize edges or objects that are hard to see. . You can also drag your virtual vehicle up or down to get a better view to avoid rim scrapers that you might not be able to spot otherwise. With nearby dummy obstacles and slamming parking sensors, the A8 has been able to recognize paint scrapers, take control of the steering and adroitly avoid them in fractions of an inch. An air vehicle diagram is also available. It highlights the wheels in red when they are near a border.
Leave the car park and you will have a better opportunity to savor the discreet cabin, a serenely neutral space embedded in double glazing. The dominant theme is that of sober modernity: touch screens adapt perfectly to piano black surfaces and essentially linear forms inspire a sense of self-expansion. Passenger comfort is also enhanced by an exceptional menu of seating massage options, which includes a heated foot massage panel for the right rear passengers.
Say goodbye to analog gauges: every instrument here is digital, from Audi’s virtual dashboard (delivered as standard on all A8s) to up to two new MMI Touch Response screens stacking a 10.1-inch screen above another 8.6-inch screen. The screens use a customizable haptic feel and a click sound that works quietly. There is a sense of minimalist opportunity to the configuration, aided by pieces of wood trim that rotate open to present the vents, which bow and come forward. Fortunately, the vents can be handled by hand unlike the Porsche Panamera, not just through the on-board computer menu. Despite the multitude of menu-driven controls, some fixed buttons remain available to safeguard your mental health, including driving mode selection, parking cameras and HVAC ventilation levels managed by a haptic tactile slider. Counterbalance digital overlords are elegantly stacked layers of wood, leather and brushed aluminum. The only delay in the quality of the material is at the interior door handles, an unfortunate point of contact where the painted plastic, not the real metal, meets the hand.
Coming in the third quarter of 2018, the new 2019 Audi A8L will initially be offered with a 340 hp 3-liter V6 turbo engine. Coming soon, a four-hp 460 hp 4-cylinder V8 engine will be available. Both are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that powerfully propels this long stretch of Swabian all-wheel drive opulence. In addition, look for a V-6 rechargeable hybrid of 449 hp in early 2019.