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Old 05-16-2018, 02:44 PM
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How do people with SWB find rear legroom? I'm 6 foot tall and just wondering how adults will be in the back with me driving. I'm not keen to get a LWB as parking in the UK will be hard enough with the length of the standard A8
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I am 6'1" (w/ 34" inseam), so seat goes fairly far back in my preferred position in SWB S8. I also drive with steering column fully extended, though seat fairly upright. Basically enough leg room to still fit genuine adult legs of average or more height pretty straight, but not generous. If I drove clutch I then probably have seat other inch or so forward than what I do w/ Audi automatics. As a test, when I buy one or look at car shows, I always put driver's seat at my normal position, then get in back to check room. SWB D4 just passed, again 6'1 front, 6'1 back. For lightweight teen kids at full height, they are oblivious. For adults and even w/ my height and inseam, it either can work as is, or I bring driver's seat an inch or two forward and all good and driving position still decent. If you know C7 A6 as another comparison, SWB D4 is slightly more generous in legroom, and D4 a lot more spacious feeling across rear seat and shoulder room wise, especially if you need to go up to 5. For reference the C7 S6 somewhat failed my test in back--I had no choice but to move drivers seat up a few inches--and RS7 was strictly a kiddie car in back and total fail. Headroom straight fail on that one too. Obviously more flexibility on passenger side of any sedan, so the tall people among the second set usually go behind the front passenger--or up front. No denying the LWB is truly spacious--had it on my D3 W12 for 9 years. But it is very difficult parking in city type contexts, and parking garages can be challenging too.

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Thanks for that info MP4, very helpful.
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I'm about 5'10"+ or so and find the back seat very comfortable behind the drivers seat set where I drive. Plenty of leg and headroom. I've had people up to 6'3" in back with no complaints whatsoever.
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As others have mentioned. Plenty of room back there! I am 6'3 and can sit back there with my driver's seat in preferred position.
Side note: the car is absolutely stunning!
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I had an A8 L and now have the SWB and frankly, I prefer the shorter wheelbase.. Slightly easier to park, maneuver through parking decks, and parallel park. I'm 6' 1" and after setting the driver seat I can get in the back easily. This is NOT a midsize car!
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I have a 2014 SWB, never a problem. The L was just too damn long for me. I rarely have backseat passengers and when I do.....they rave about how well put together the car is!
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