Anyone who has driven a standard A8 should feel pretty much at home in this one. The handling is very similar. The battery pack has been located above the rear axle, and it is not immensely heavy: it adds about 37 kg to the car’s overall weight. This is a car with a total weight of close to two tons - at 1,870 kg - so a small additional weight does not affect the feel of the car.
Ride quality is generally good, serene and smooth on a fast road, and only a little more reactive to surface changes on a less even rural route. There is just a touch of lean into corners on a twisty lane, but this is a car with tremendous equilibrium and not much fazes it.
Don’t expect the Hybrid to be more fun that a conventional A8, though. It’s the opposite. It feels less engaging and a bit more bland. Also, powertrain transition between petrol and electric modes is sometimes a bit jerky. A diesel A8 is more agreeable to drive and this one is a bit disappointing in comparison.Ease of Use
The size of this car, with its long body and big doors, means that access is easy all round. It is over five metres long at 5,137 mm, and more than two metres wide at 2,111 mm between the mirror edges.
The hybrid system occupies some of the boot space, though, so you lose a chunk of luggage room. As a result, the car’s carrying capacity is not that generous, for a car of this size, at only 335 litres. That’s quite a bit less than a Kia cee’d, with 380 litres.
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