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2020 Audi A8 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.6

The 2020 Audi A8 has a high-quality interior with ample seating space and comfort. Infotainment features are high-tech but require a slight learning curve. Trunk space is low for the class.

  • Fine materials are in abundance, and you can order up extended leather and a small forest's worth of wood inlays. But much like the A8's exterior, the interior ambience is sober and not as lavish as that of the Mercedes-Benz S-class." -- Car and Driver
  • "Beyond the dazzling touchscreens, the A8's interior elegantly combines nicely finished surfaces … into a harmoniously appointed space. The cabin feels minimalist but sophisticated and pleasant." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "High-quality materials, pleasing aesthetics, and a quiet interior reinforced the sedan’s theme of serene luxury." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Seating

The Audi A8 seats five people, but an optional rear-seat package eliminates the second-row middle seat and lowers capacity to four. The front seats are extremely comfortable, and the cabin feels spacious. The driving position is also excellent. The second row has ample head- and legroom, as well as a long list of opulent upgrades.

Standard features include Valetta leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, power soft-closing doors, power rear-window sunshades, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Options include premium Valcona leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 22-way power-adjustable front seats, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, and a heated center console.

Optional features for the second row include heated surfaces, remote controls, footrests, a heated foot massage function, folding tray tables, power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, and massaging seats.

For securing child safety seats, the A8 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats and can be hard to find and access.

  • "Impressive passenger space is an A8 hallmark, and its long wheelbase ensures that rear-seat passengers are well accommodated." -- Car and Driver
  • "For starters, the driving position is excellent, and the front buckets are superb." -- Autoweek (2019)
  • "The seats feature plenty of adjustment range, as does the steering wheel. The seat width is excellent, and you never get the feeling of being cramped or even cocooned." -- Edmunds (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 A8 include a dual-screen infotainment system, navigation, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium stereo, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth.

Most of the infotainment system’s functions are controlled via the touch screens, and it takes a bit of time to learn. The system has crisp graphics, and it responds quickly to inputs.

Other standard features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener. A cabin air ionizer, interior ambient lighting, wireless device charging, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, a rear-seat tablet entertainment system, two rear USB ports, a rear household-style power outlet, and a DVD changer are available.

The A8’s standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.

Optional active safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, intersection assistant, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and night vision assistant with pedestrian detection.

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  • "Audi's excellent 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster is standard as are the 10.3-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower haptic center screens with the MMI Touch Response system. There's a lone volume knob for the audio system, since most functions are controlled through the touchscreens. It can be overwhelming initially, but the system is quick to respond and highly configurable." -- Car and Driver
  • "With Audi's Virtual Cockpit and two large touchscreens, the center console is largely devoid of knobs and buttons. Thankfully, Audi also took the time to develop a system that's intuitive to use and responds quickly to inputs, so the lack of buttons shouldn't be an issue." -- Motor Trend (2019)

Cargo

The Audi A8 has 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is one of the smallest volumes among super luxury cars. A hands-free power trunk lid is standard.

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