Impressions after two weeks
Ok so, as I've had my car for a couple of weeks now, I thought I'd post my impressions so far, both good and bad.
The new shape isn't to everyone's taste it would seem and I can understand why. Personally I love the front end and what they've done with the new grille, spoiler and lights. The LED DRLs look good and a lot more modern than the old style of separate LEDs on the 8P, which was starting to look a little dated I thought. What I'm not so keen on is the back. It does look a bit like a larger A1 from this angle and, at the moment, I actually preferred the back end of the old 8P to the new one. Maybe it'll grow on me. I do like the new LED rear lights though.
The interior design of Audis is one of the reasons I love them - they're just nice places to be. Overall I like the new interior and dashboard in the main but with some reservations. I like the new dials and the larger, colour DIS. I like having the MMI controls in the centre console rather than on the dash, although I still find myself reaching forward to the dash sometimes - bit more training required. What I don't like are the lack of storage space. The very useful centre cubby hole ahead of the gearstick is gone in favour of two useless cup holders. I never have drinks in the car so they're pointless to me. The door pockets are also much smaller than before.
I have the optional perforated leather/alcantara seats and they do look and feel lovely. The white stitching also looks the part and extends throughout the interior. They do feel a bit harder to sit on/in than the sports seats in my old 8P but it's marginal and could just be because they're new and need a bit of bedding in.
The electric parking brake takes a bit of getting used to but works well. I quite like the way it releases automatically and this is actually making me use it more. I normally don't bother with the handbrake when stopped momentarily in traffic, and will hold it on the foot brake if there's a slight incline. Now I find it very easy to just flick the brake on with a finger so I can rest my foot, then just pull away when needed.
Another thing I'm bit a 'iffy' about is the use of LED lights everywhere inside the car. I have the tech pack, interior light pack and B&O sound and I think all of these contribute some of the lights. The main interior light is now LED which leads to a much 'harsher' or 'colder' light than before, which I actually don't like as much and don't feel is as welcoming. The use of LED light strips for things like the MMI wheel and front door speakers is also over the top if you ask me and it feels like you're driving around in something from Tron at times.
As I said I have the tech pack. The new popup screen is lovely and noticably larger than the one of old. The way it pops up out of the dash is never going to get old either. The MMI controls work well and the system is very fast and responsive. I won't go into loads of detail but I've been impressed with the much improved functionality over the RNS-E in my old 8P, in all areas. Navigation, Media & Telephone functions are all vastly better than before and the voice control is superb and very useful. The DAB radio is also very good although hardly a necessity. The quality isn't really any different from a decent FM signal so it's only really of use for receiving DAB stations which aren't on FM.
One thing worth noting is that I have the dimming mirrors option but this only now includes the driver's mirror, not the passengers. I'm actually very annoyed by this as I feel it's penny-pinching from Audi, and on an optional feature at that.
Dynamics & Refinement
I'm still running it in so haven't given it much hell yet but the performance seems pretty decent so far. The engine isn't actually as smooth as the 170CR in my last car I must say, but it's still perfectly acceptable. The ride is much improved over my old S-Line (I have the standard Sport suspension). It's still pretty firm but nowhere near as harsh or jiggly as before which is a welcome change. Overall the car feels more soundproofed and refined than before.
Can't think of anything else right now, will update if I do :)
Impressions after two weeks
My light switch has four positions - off, auto, side lights, main lights. Doesn't move beyond that.