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AboutThatCar.com: 2014 Audi A8 L TDI Quattro

By Frank S. Washington | 5/23/2014, 2:35 p.m.
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Audi A8 L TDI Quattro

The side assist not only monitored the car’s blind spots, it monitored fast approaching traffic that was up to 150 feet away. And the alert was not in the mirror but in the mirror housing so it could be seen easier.

What Audi called Driver Assistance package featured a 360 degree view of the car at the corners, the rear, the front and an overview. This proved invaluable in parking lots with tight spaces. It allowed the driver to see exactly how much space the Audi A8 TDI had on either side of the car and how much in front or the rear.

And the long-wheel-based sedan featured Audi’s Bang & Olufsen 19-speaker, 1,400-watt audio system. Audi Connect had real time weather, nearby gasoline prices, news from the area the car was is and for where the car was going.

About the only shortcoming on the A8 L TDI was that it didn’t have a USB jack. It’ had two slots for SD cards and its own SIM card let you conduct Google searches and find destinations and points of interest in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S.A. and the Virgin Islands. Still, no USB jack means you’ve got to buy a charger to plug into the 12- volt socket for long trips. You should not have to do that with a vehicle of this caliber. We expect when Audi’s electrical architecture is changed the lineup will accommodate USB plugs.

That won’t make the next Audi A8 L TDI perfect but it will be close.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.