After teasing us quite a bit prior to the A8’s official launch, Audi have finally pulled the wraps off what seems to be the most technologically advanced car in its segment.
Among it’s many party tricks are a 48-volt electrical system, a fully active electromechanical suspension, rear wheel steering, a foot massage function and level 3 autonomous driving, which means you’ll be able to take your hands off the steering wheel.
So then what does Carwow’s Mat Watson think of the car after checking it out during its unveiling in Barcelona? To start with, he takes a look at the exterior design and the thing that impressed him most was the LED bar at the rear, which he says reminds him of the 911 Carrera 4S.
What really stood out, however, was the interior, especially features such as the heated central armrest, touch-sensitive buttons with haptic and audio feedback, hidden airvents (like on a Jaguar, but better) and even the door handle, which you only need to touch gently in order for the door to open.
Something he wasn’t too thrilled about was Audi eliminating the MMI wheel from the center console, which he considered very practical when operating some of the car’s systems while on the move. Nevertheless, buttons are out and touch controls are in, so we’ll have to live with it.
You can check the whole mini-review of the 2018 A8 in Barcelona by watching the video right after the jump.