The Audi A8’s interior looks like it has come from the 20s – the 2020s. It screams quality and advanced technology, but it’s a shame the pretty infotainment screens aren’t easier to use
The Audi A8’s interior is on another level from alternatives such as the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.
Sitting behind its steering wheel feels a bit like captaining the bridge of the Starship Enterprise thanks to a pair of huge infotainment screens that are stacked on top of each other in the centre of the dashboard.
Everything else looks and feels expensive. The interior features gorgeous wood and metal trims, and when you start the car the A8’s air vents revolve to sit flush with the rest of the dashboard.
The A8’s air vents are controlled via touch-sensitive strips that look like they belong in a Bond car
The first thing you’ll spot about the Audi A8’s interior is the pair of beautifully detailed infotainment screens located in the centre of the dashboard.
Although they’re great to look at, the vast array of buttons can be awkward to navigate when you’re trying to keep your eyes on the road.
To get around this problem the touchscreens have haptic feedback that vibrates when you press a button – you also get a voice control system that’s supposed to understand normal speech – but neither are as easy to use as the iDrive control you get in a BMW 7 Series.
The top, 10.1-inch display is a conventional screen that can flick between functions for things like the car’s driving settings, sat-nav and stereo. You can’t fail to be impressed by its beautifully detailed maps and the sat-nav can do clever things like learn your commute, give search suggestions based on your regular journeys and provide 3D models of European cities.
The 8.6-inch screen that sits below it is only used for the car’s ventilation system. Its lower position in the car means you have to take your eyes off the road longer than feels comfortable, although the fixed display is easier to use than the multifunction system you get in a Range Rover Velar.