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Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro in the long-term test (intermediate result)

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro in the long-term test (intermediate result)
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D ate yourself A luxury sedan like the Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro should find positive entries in the logbook, should go without saying. With a luxury item that costs 105,230 euros, you can expect satisfaction from the user. The most frequent comment, however, relates to the steering: “Over-sensitive”, “No feedback”, “takes getting used to” - this is just an excerpt from the comments made by colleagues after returning from business trips.

Not a single one praised on the other hand, the handiness that Audi is so proud of. On the contrary: The Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro is trimmed too much for agility, and with the steering that is too smooth you cannot drive a clean line, you can read. It is true that the intensity of the servo support can be set in the menu as part of Audi Drive Select - the same applies to shock absorbers, gearbox settings and the accelerator pedal characteristic. But then only the steering forces increase; There is no additional feedback in the sense of a feeling for the road. Audi has recognized the problem and wants to introduce electromechanical steering with the model change.

Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro bounces awkwardly

In any case, users of the luxury-class car do not have a very strong desire for agility to be; The Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro has so far covered most of the kilometers in the softest damper code. But even then, the following comment is mixed with praise for the long-distance comfort: 'Cushions between 140 and 160 km /h awkwardly'.

The reason for expressed anger is also the modern-looking gear selector lever in the form of a Throttle control in aircraft. To switch from P, the release button has to be pressed relatively firmly, but then the lever must be pulled back with a lot of feeling, otherwise you end up in N or even D. In the Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro, the whole thing can be a happy back and forth.

Three-liter diesel is praised in unison

The drive itself gives cause for joy. The three-liter diesel in the Audi A8 is praised in unison, its sound even compared to a profound cat purr. And: Nobody misses the more powerful diesel that Audi has in its range.

If there were still things like excellent seats, the lovingly designed interior and a top multimedia system including an iPod connection. The Bose sound department in the Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro is even given a special oneAward: “Why spend all that money on the Bang & Olufsen system?” Asks a colleague. He is right - you should be able to expect the good sound from a car in the 100,000 euro class


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