08-30-2007, 07:23 PM
I love the way the dark walnut trim on my 06 B7 flows in a continuous, integrating band from the front doors into the dash/instrument panel - it looks and feels so smooth and upscale. From the pics posted for the B8 this is gone. The doors end and the dashboard begins, kind of like older American cars and lower-end Japanese cars in the '80's and 90's. This I really don't like. Coupled with the nasty sloping sculpted line on the flanks, this B8 looks too generic and copy-cat. Still, it is way better than the competition - too bad the Audi designers could not fend off the marketing guru's and stick with a real Audi look.
By no means do I think the interior looks cold or cheap. I think it looks warm and sporty, a very nice place to be. It will look even better when pics come out of the S line with the 3 spoke steering wheel etc. I actually like how the inlays are separate in this new car, it gives the car a very fresh light sporty look.
While I do reallyy like the wrap around inlays of the B7 I like this new look just as much, maybe even more. The design of the MMI and the instrument housing is a big improvement IMO, its very modern, sporty and stylish. I think that the B7s wrap around was a more heavy look, so to say but this new look is lighter, more sporty, it makes me want to really drive off, not just sit and stare all day; which you can with the B7 its just such a nice environment to sit in.
I think its important to remember the past but also to embrace change. This car is a change and while people are comparing it to the B7 etc and not liking it if you keep an open mind and embrace the changes of the cars character and the recent evolutions of the brand I think its a striking design, and easily the best in its segment, if not better than some higher end cars interiors e.g a 5 series.
08-31-2007, 05:21 AM
.. from dashboard to the doors. but the new interior still looks good though.
My 1989 Honda Accord LXi had a great two-tone beige/black interior with smooth door-2-dash integration lines. It looks like three separate teams worked on the A4 B8 interior.....doors, dash and center console. There have been changes in the Audi design teams in the last 5+ years and it shows...I had a 1998 A4 and a 2002 A4 and their interiors were among the best that I have seen.