SWB rear legroom - AudiWorld Forums

A8 / S8 (D4 Platform) Discussion Discussion Forum for the D4 Audi A8 Produced from 2010-2017 Audi S8 produced from 2012-2017

SWB rear legroom

Old 05-16-2018, 02:44 PM
AudiWorld Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 181
Default SWB rear legroom

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
davey_b is offline  
Old 05-16-2018, 06:08 PM
Senior Member
MP4.2+6.0's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 12,764

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.

Last edited by MP4.2+6.0; 05-17-2018 at 07:29 AM.
MP4.2+6.0 is offline  
Old 05-17-2018, 04:55 AM
AudiWorld Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 181

Thanks for that info MP4, very helpful.
davey_b is offline  
Old 05-17-2018, 05:52 AM
AudiWorld Member
Puzz1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 581

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.
Puzz1 is offline  
Old 05-17-2018, 06:00 AM
AudiWorld Member
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 67

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!
Kelzo is offline  
Old 05-17-2018, 12:42 PM
D4 in PA
TinyElviss's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Beaver Falls, PA
Posts: 111

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!
TinyElviss is offline  
Old 05-17-2018, 02:10 PM
AudiWorld Member
Stevereddy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 407
Default What everyone else says

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!
Stevereddy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
A8 / S8 (D3 Platform) Discussion
01-26-2015 08:13 AM
A8 / S8 (D3 Platform) Discussion
04-25-2005 10:24 AM
A4 (B5 Platform) Discussion
09-12-1999 05:48 PM
A4 (B5 Platform) Discussion
04-23-1999 10:51 AM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: SWB rear legroom

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: