Be careful when the Audi salesman opens the rear left door and asks you to check out the executive seat option in the new A8 – chances are that you’ll swipe your Amex Black on the spot and return home with a gift-wrapped luxury limousine.
In a country where even Tata Nanos are chauffeur-driven, the attention that carmakers give to the rear seats is half-hearted, at best. And in a category like this, it’s the rear seats that will clinch the deal, rather than ‘irrelevant’ stuff like lightning-quick gearshifts or steering feedback. While rear legroom, massage feature, vented seats and power settings are standard fitments in cars like these, Audi has gone one step ahead with the executive seat option. The biggest feature in it is a powered footrest that folds down from the back of the front passenger seat, allowing you to stretch like you were in the business class section of an aircraft.
With Pablo behind the wheel, I decided to conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of this much talked about speciality of the new long wheelbase A8, extending for the better part of an hour. It took him about five minutes to wake me up afterwards. My only regret is that I didn’t put up those powered window shades – I am not exactly a wonderful sight to behold when asleep. So is this the most comfortable road test I have ever done in my entire career? No doubt about that! But there’s more to the evaluation of the new A8, right?
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