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2014 Audi A8L 3.0 TDI india review (1)

2014 Audi A8L Facelift India Review

We were totally astounded by 2013 A8L’s eclectic mix of technology and craftsmanship. Now with the 2014 facelift, we review the A8L powered by a V6 3.0 L TDI and subtle changes. Audi has splashed a lot more attention, new materials all around and visual tweaks apart. On the inside, though, the 2014 facelift is a little difficult to differentiate than its predecessor.

You can read our earlier Audi A8 4.2 TDI review here

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Images: Hanoz Patel and Amit Chhangani


The 2014 A8L retains majority of the lines of the 2013 version only to further refine them and make the A8L look more elegant. While the massive front grille remains similar like before, the current car receives twin creases on the engine hood. If you missed that, you just cannot overlook the new and stunning Matrix LED headlamps with integrated day time running lights. The lower bumper has received a revision too with surround effect chrome strip treatment. The trademark Audi Bulgarian beard grille bears 7 chrome strips as opposed to the earlier 8 making it look well defined and less cluttered.

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The 2014 version also gets the new cast aluminium 18 inch wheels in 10 spoke V design. While it remains similar from the sides as before, the rear end has seen some clever changes to changing it from bland (somewhat) to beautiful. Take for instance the revised tail lights which are still LEDs, however they have a chrome strip running through them imparting a slimmer look, further accentuating the curved boot lid. The lower chrome strip on the bumper now wraps around enhancing the curved profile. The tail pipes are now a set of slim trapezoidal chrome tips, a big departure from the earlier simplistic round tips.

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Cabin and features

As they say, it’s hard to improve perfection. Audi, however, has still managed to find ways to improve the already stunning interiors. Overall, the glossiness has been toned down with polished veneer wood inserts being replaced by raw textured wood trims. The most important change remains the all new 3 spoke steering wheel instead of the earlier 4 spoke one. The new multifunction steering wheel bears a big round boss and Audi has also done away with the glossy wood trim found on the earlier version.

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The facelifted A8L gets a brushed aluminium strip running across the length of the dashboard which used to be piano black earlier. The test car you see in the pictures dressed in Sand beige pearl effect paint especially complements the interior of the car. The seats are upholstered in high quality Valcona leather`s Baloa brown and snow white combination. The door pads are a mix of Alacantara, leather and brushed aluminium inlays. As always, pictures do better justice to the interiors, feast your eyes on them along with the description

Audi new A8 L India images (1)Alcantara lined door pads look rich

Audi new A8 L India images (7)19 speakers, 5.1 surround sound, 1400 watts of distilled music experience

Audi new A8 L India images (9)Raw texture – Fine grain ash, natural balsamic brown wood trim with brushed aluminium inlays

Audi new A8 L India images (12)There is no dearth of storage spaces whatsoever. Pictured above: Longitudinally stacked twin cup/bottle holders with cigarette lighter coil

2014 Audi A8L dashboard and interior (39)The 2014 A8L’s cabin looks swish with the selection of materials and build quality.

2014 Audi A8L dashboard and interior (29)The steering wheel on the new A8 has been redesigned and features three spokes, unlike the 4 spoke unit on the previous version

2014 Audi A8L dashboard and interior (23)Simple yet classy instrument cluster

2014 Audi A8L backseat (1)Rear seat comfort is business class like with high level of attention to detail, simple luxe.

2014 Audi A8L  interior (17)Even sparingly used parts like the ash tray has great finish

2014 Audi A8L  interior (21)Aircraft cockpit like reading lights, LEDs here too

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The rear central console has a refrigerator inside

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Triple cup holders near the rear AC vents

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Rear view parking camera has a hi-definition, bright display with steering guides

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It can power any 2 pin device, the voltage numbers say it all

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Rear passenger seat adjustments and settings

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No need to yank the ash tray out, there is a button for it as well!

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Individual display screens, vanity mirrors, panoramic sunroof, refrigerator, you name it and the A8 has it!

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Spare wheel isn’t full sized. It’s a space saver with a maximum permissible speed of 80 km/h

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  1. Not very written, here is some critique if I may.

    “The new 3 spoke steering wheel is has great finish.” – Great finish? That’s it? This could have been explained in more detail

    “A genuine space saver spare wheel with a speed limit.” – A genuine wheel would be a full size wheel.

    “Rear view parking camera, a must on a high end luxury sedan” – Well, it’s available on even the basic car models these days

    Motoroids, please make sure that the review are more detailed and properly edited before publishing.