With a milestone birthday this year, I've been pointing towards 2019 as the year to get exactly what I want in a car (within reason). I was a Honda/Acura guy for many years, then went to Audi back in 2013 when Acura lost its way design-wise. I really like my 2015 NWB A8 (purchased used in early 2017), but it was always meant to be a stopgap car for a few years while I figured out what I really wanted. I've done a lot of research, and came to realize there aren't a lot of vehicles that meet my minimum criteria - ACC, heads-up display, and really good seats (22-way adjustment, massage, etc.). The seats are an absolute must for me - I had an A6 Prestige that I really liked prior to the A8, but the seats were super stiff and the seat bottom was too short - I developed lower back problems a few weeks after getting the car, and never put 2 and 2 together that the seats were hurting my back. I tried PT, chiropractor, exercise, stretching, etc., but none of it helped. When I got the A8 - my back problems stopped. After doing my research, my choices were narrowed down to the A7 and the RRS. I realize they are different vehicles, but they offer similar amenities and features. I would have loved to get another A8, but the A8L is just overkill for my needs (only 1 kid) and Audi doesn't sell the short-wheelbase A8 in the US anymore, except for the S8, which is too much car for my purposes. I like the A7, but I think it's a bit overpriced @ nearly $90k with the 3.0T engine and the options I would want, and I wanted to do it right for this car and not just settle for something that was good enough.
I've been checking the inventory at the local LR dealer for the past month or so, and found a nicely spec'd Supercharged Dynamic in Silicon Silver with Driver Assist, Climate Comfort and Vision Assist, so I set up a test drive for this morning. I went in with an open mind, not knowing what to expect as it's been awhile since I had a SUV, though I've driven my wife's old GL550 many times (which I hated). Let me say that I was simultaneously really impressed and disappointed. I loved the RRS, the way it drove, the options, and the interior - the only thing that let me down was the driver's seat. I spent about 45 minutes in that seat before, during and after the test drive. The quality and construction were great, but I couldn't find a comfortable position no matter what combination of lumbar placement or seat tilt that I tried, and my lower back was starting to get sore. The seat bottom was just not long enough, and the 22-way seats aren't available on the Supercharged Dynamic. At that point I made decision to look at the ATB model. They had a couple of other vehicles on the lot that I checked out to decide on color, and I was able to sit in the 22-way seats in another car and they were perfect. The only quirk when going through the build process was that the ebony/ivory interior on the SD is slightly different than the ATB - on the model I drove the bolsters were ebony but the seats were all ivory, on the ATB the seat back and bottom are ebony and the rest of the seat is ivory, which is fine.
In the end my order was:
- RRS ATB with Dynamic Package - Indus Silver
- 5007 21" wheels
- Black Panoramic roof
- Dark Gray Oak veneer
- 22-way seats with massage
- Full size spare
- Heated and cooled front and rear seats
- Cabin air ionization
- Domestic plugs
- Climate Comfort package
- Driver Assist
- Smartphone package
- Premium interior protection pack
- Black wheel protection pack
We negotiated the price and will deal with the trade on my A8 when the RRS is delivered. I'm really excited, and even a little shocked at how much my wife was on board with it, though getting her a 2017 CPO L405 the other day probably helped - it also helped with the negotiation with the dealer. This will be my first brand new car in 15 years. Looking forward to hanging around here - I've already learned a lot since joining here in December. Hopefully the wait won't be too long for the car to be built!