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2001 Audi A8 Review
Luxurious and technically advanced.
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The 2001 Audi A8 has been available for quite some time. Not known for outperforming the competition, the A8 makes up for minimal losses in performance with a higher quality interior and all-wheel drive that most of the competition lacks. The power of the engine combined with the light weight of the body increases the performance of the vehicle and makes the Audi A8 fun to drive. Luxury marks the key feature in the A8 sedan, and the all-wheel drive attracts many buyers looking for a luxury sedan. The biggest downside concerns the exterior’s boring design. This should be compensated for with the added luxury of the interior.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Audi A8 Quattro, Audi A8 L Quattro
The Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) that comes on most Audi models for 2001 also joins the 2001 Audi A8 as a standard feature. The functions of the steering wheel multiply in the 2001 model year with telephone, audio, and Triptronic controls added. An oil level sensor warns the driver if oil level falls below normal. A new luxury office package, which includes a folding desk and cold storage in the rear seat, provides a new addition to the list of options.
Both the 2001 Audi A8 Quattro and the Audi A8 L Quattro come with 16-inch alloy wheels, an alloy spare wheel, and a full-size matching spare tire. Power features include remote power door locks, interior power controls for the heated exterior mirrors, and four one-touch power windows.
Variable intermittent wipers clear the rain from the windshield while a rear defogger removes fog and frost from the rear window helping keep the rear view clear in bad weather. A power glass sunroof comes on both submodels as well, adding light to the interior and allowing for extra airflow that provides a benefit during hot weather.
The front and rear seats of both the Quattro and L Quattro remains the same. The seats feel roomy and similar to those in other Audi vehicles. The front passenger and driver’s seat both adjust 14 ways and maximize the comfort level of the front passenger and driver. Manually adjustable lumbar support improves comfort in the driver and front-passenger seats and helps the two of them avoid back pain or discomfort during long road trips. The two front seats also get heat to keep the driver and passenger warm in the winter months. Convenience features include cruise control, a programmable universal remote transmitter, and two 12-volt outlets.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Audi A8 is powered by a 4.2-liter, V-8 engine that is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The power and performance do not seem as competitive as some models from other brands. The feel of the 2001 Audi A8 still satisfies most drivers, and the luxury of the vehicle makes up for the minimal difference in performance.
The 2001 Audi A8 includes a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Front and rear head airbags protect everyone inside from front collisions while front and rear side-mounted airbags protect them all from side collisions. Rear-door child safety locks keep children from opening the doors on the highway. Stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution keep the Audi A8 well balanced and prevent sliding and loss of control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A8 L Quattro: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Leather trim
- High-quality interior
- Plenty of airbags
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- Inefficient fuel economy
Luxurious and technically advanced.
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