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Nov 09, 2012 (6:55 am)
Picked up my rental today. I had requested a special/large car with diesel, and noted that I did not want a SUV. The other day the branch contacted me and said they could get me an X5 - misunderstanding. So I was a little concerned this morning.
I staked out the rental garage after I picked up my keys. Only other large car was a 750Li xDrive - nice, but when gas is around $7.50 a gallon, no thanks. Others included a couple of 5ers, 5er GT, 3ers and 1ers, and some other assorted brands.
Here's what I got:
A8 SWB TDi Quattro, 3.0. Moves along very well but only could get room to take it to 110mph or so due to traffic. It also has snow tires limited to 210kmh.
Fairly loaded up - I don't know all of what it has yet, but it has adaptive cruise, solar panel on sunroof, rear camera with radar style parking aid, automatic trunk, stop-start (still getting used to that), insanely complex MMI/nav system, comfort seats, extra key fob that I think is for warming up the car - tonight I will study it more to see if I can find anything weird. Lowest MSRP with only the options I list is ~84K Euro. It has around 8K miles on it. Not the cheapest rental, but you only live once.
#495 of 1365 Re: Lucked out and got a KIA Optima- did I just say that??? [fezo]
Nov 09, 2012 (7:27 am)
Maybe their patrons just have low expectations?
I've never had a real problem with them, just some cars that were the worse for wear. Their corporate siblings seem a lot better.
#496 of 1365 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 09, 2012 (8:04 am)
I checked it out. I have the lane warning system and TV tuner (which works), but no night vision. Oh well.
#497 of 1365 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 09, 2012 (10:42 am)
I wouldn't complain! You could've ended up with this!
#498 of 1365 Re: . [lemko]
Nov 09, 2012 (11:42 am)
See? That's what I'm talking about with Enterprise.....
Not quite but one time they rented me a Malibu (maybe a 2006) that smelled like someone had died in it. Ugh. I said no, this won't do and they replaced it with a Kia Optima which was a perfectly ordinary car. It worked fine but had no personality at all.
Next time the rented me a Hyundai Accent base. Crank windows, no power lock the whole bit - yet it had a USB port!
#499 of 1365 Re: . [lemko]
Nov 10, 2012 (9:02 am)
Luckily, the people at Pig in a Poke didn't plan my trip
Although sometimes my itinerary seems planned down to the minute.
I wouldn't expect much personality from a rental, but is nice to have something that isn't beat up, or unpleasantly stripped. A friend of mine opted for a cheapo rental at MIA a year or two ago - got a Rio with no cruise control Fun for those Florida highways.
The A8 I am in now is like driving a big computer, in a way. ...with a leather chair attached.
Nov 11, 2012 (7:38 am)
What is the acceleration like in that diesel?
I don't think you could sell a "flagship" euro sedan in the US with a diesel.. Buyers expect super-car acceleration in a $90K+ car..
#501 of 1365 Re: . [kyfdx]
Nov 11, 2012 (8:42 am)
I think 0-60 is around 7.6. Not slow, but no supercar. The only diesel luxoboat offered in the US in decades has been the S-class. The current model is offered in diesel in the US, 4Matic only, but I do not think it sells at any volume. Those spending 100K on a car don't care about gas prices, so it only sells to die hards.
Nov 20, 2012 (9:49 am)
Well, my rental sled is now returned, the fun is over. It was a nice car, but I don't know if I found the value to be higher than in a normal mid lux (5er, E, A6), as in the case of the Audi especially, the A8 is in too many ways just a big A6. The cost on my rental wasn't much more (maybe 20%), but I don't know if I got 20% more enjoyment out of it vs something like a 535d.
My likes on the car were the economy (overall over 30mpg), the 8 speed transmission was actually pretty smooth and logical, the adaptive cruise control was fun, it handled well for such a barge (I would toss it through empty roundabouts for fun)...but it is a boat for European parking garages, and was pretty numb. And I really wish it had head up display, such a great feature for Autobahn driving.
#503 of 1365 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 21, 2012 (4:47 am)
Thanks for the review fintail. Glad you got to try the A8, like you said you only live once. I liked your comment about it being a big computer with a leather chair attached. Also if I had the chance to drive one I imagine I'd agree on it just being a big A6, which isn't bad I guess but not worth the price premium. For me adaptive cruise control is one of the best options available.