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2009 Audi R8 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Audi R8 was new.

Reviewers appreciate the R8's roomy cabin, comfortable seats, and solid build-quality, but are disappointed with the placement of the hard-to-reach sun visors and the optional CD changer on the R8, as well as the lack of cargo room.

  • "The 2009 Audi R8 features an attractive interior with high-quality materials, although there are a few cheap-feeling bits, such as the hard plastic on the center console and the substandard emergency brake handle." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the R8 feels roomy and comfortable with a handsome instrument cluster, plenty of polished metal trim, and an interesting styling element that sweeps from the doors up and around the instruments before plunging toward the central console." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, the Porsche's austere, functional cockpit is simply overwhelmed by Audi interior designer Jens Sieber's sumptuous and sophisticated cabin." -- Motor Trend
  • "No quibbles with the interior: The R8's cabin is minimalist and no-nonsense, yet it's comfortable and exquisitely finished. A generous selection of interior leathers, colors and trims lets owners add a bespoke touch." -- Forbes
  • "Despite its clear performance intentions, not a stitch was spared in making the R8 interior every bit as luxurious and accommodating as those of Audi's high-dollar sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Critics find that the R8's cabin is roomy and features comfortable, supportive seats for two passengers. 

  • "Inside, the R8 is impressively roomy for such a squat car, and the nicely shaped seats afford ride-all-day comfort.  ... The seats are superbly contoured for both hard driving and long-distance cruising." -- Edmunds
  • "A low stance and long doors strain entry and exit, but the cabin offers six-footer headroom and legroom. Firm, supportive seats have prominent side bolsters that hold occupants secure in fast direction changes, but may be a bit snug for those broader of beam." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The surprising stuff is how roomy the cabin feels - the seats slide waaay back, there's enough headroom for an NBA player." -- Motor Trend
  • "Entry and exit are another area where the R8 departs from the superexotic norm. No falling into or slithering out of the cabin, which is wide, spacious and comfy. Ample leg, head, hip and arm room." -- Chicago Tribune

Interior Features

The '09 R8 features loads of standard convenience features. Reviewers, however, disagree on how well they're placed, as well as the optional navigation system's usefulness.

  • "The R8 has a cockpit-style design theme that Audi calls monoposto, an arc of controls that wraps around the driver in the style of a single-seat racing car. In the Audi fashion, the instruments are notable for their clarity and the controls are ergonomically correct. With the fussy little buttons of the Porsche 911 Turbo for contrast, it's easy to appreciate the R8's systematic layout." -- Edmunds
  • "The flat-bottom steering wheel looks especially racy and has just the correct rim thickness and squishiness." -- Car and Driver
  • "CD changer mounts above the center floor tunnel just behind the seats, so it's awkward to access." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Two ergonomic flaws that warrant mention are sun visors that don't hinge to the side and a row of switches susceptible to accidental operation by the heel of a hand leaving the shifter." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Second-rate navigation. German cars frequently have this problem. The R8's system had poor-quality graphics, too-few street names and the map jerked as it rotated as the car moved." -- USA Today
  • "The Audi navigation system, with its relatively easy programming and scalable views, remains notably superior to frustrating systems from its German rivals at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche." -- Forbes

Cargo

Auto writers are disappointed in the R8's lack of cargo and storage room. The R8 provides 3.5-cubic-feet of cargo space in its front trunk, as well as a storage ledge behind its seats.

  • "Audi claims there's room behind the seats for two golf bags -- your results may vary. There are also 3.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk; in practice, however, this less-than-optimally shaped cargo hold can't swallow much more than a duffel bag and some odds and ends." -- Edmunds
  • "A slim shelf behind the seats can stow a couple of jackets or small bags, but little else. The only other interior storage involves a small dashboard glovebox and short-sided door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The dual console cupholders are set too far back for convenient use." -- MSN
Review Last Updated: 6/24/09

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