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MSRP: $114,900 - $179,645
Invoice: $106,857 - $167,070
MPG: 11 City / 20 Hwy
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Audi R8 Interior

The R8’s cabin receives high overall marks from test drivers, who are impressed with the quality of the materials used, as well as the overall design. Reviewers also comment that the R8’s cabin is spacious and comfortable, which isn’t always the case with luxury sports cars.

  • "The R8's cabin has steadily improved since its rather monochrome 2007 debut. A wider selection of optional trims includes a gorgeous, Bentley-esque leather package that wraps seats and doors -- and headliner for the Plus -- in honeycomb-quilted leather." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "For a mid-engined supercar, the R8 is surprisingly spacious, with adequate room for luggage and passengers." -- Car and Driver
  • "All-in, however, this is still one of the best-tailored and most usable interiors in the segment." -- Autoblog
  • "The German automaker's sexy the 2-seat coupe or convertible has a posh interior loaded with technology and fitted with leather and Alcantara surfaces, resulting in a car that is as adept around a racetrack as it is soaking up endless hours of scenery." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Auto reviewers find the R8’s seats to be supportive and comfortable for the long haul. One reviewer remarks that entering and exiting the car can be challenging due to the R8’s low seats, but says that otherwise, there is plenty of head- and legroom. Heated leather and Alcantara-upholstered bucket seats with eight-way power adjustment are standard. The performance-oriented V10 plus model’s seats are manually adjustable with power lumber adjustment.

  • "During a multi-day journey through the Alps the 2014 R8 proved remarkably pleasant with much credit owed to the supportive and comfortable seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The lightweight R8 seats are comfortable for long-distance travel, and the driving position suits a wide range of people. We like the center stack's elegant swoop away from the driver, but this means that major controls require an inconvenient reach." -- Edmunds
  • "A low stance and long doors strain entry and exit, but the cabin offers 6-footer headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The R8 comes standard with Audi’s MMI infotainment system, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a six-disc CD changer and satellite radio. Optional features include an iPod interface, navigation, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo and a backup camera.

Reviewers aren’t overly impressed with MMI, saying it seems dated and is difficult to use, as it complicates many adjustments for the stereo system. Reviewers also offer mixed opinions on how easy it is to reach most of the major controls, including those for the MMI system.

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  • "Otherwise, the interior layout is smartly arranged with controls placed within easy reach." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Sadly, the R8 does not receive Audi's latest MMI interface with its Google 3D Maps and touchpad, and in fact, we experienced two incidents in two different vehicles where the system failed to orient properly." -- Autoblog
  • "Additionally, the navigation and audio controls are operated by an unintuitive, dash-mounted MMI knob and constellation of buttons located beneath the display screen. Compared with the electronic interfaces in the Mercedes SLS AMG and Porsche 911, the R8's is noticeably antiquated. One exceptionally clever idea, however, is the integration of the microphone for Bluetooth into the driver's seatbelt." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) operates the optional navigation system, which absorbs most audio functions. MMI complicates many adjustments. The dashboard screen is large, but prone to daytime wash-out." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

The 2014 R8 has 3.5 cubic feet of cargo space in its front-mounted trunk, as well as a small cargo area behind the seats. One reviewer notes that this space is somewhat awkwardly-shaped in addition to being small. The Chevrolet Corvette offers about 15 cubic feet of trunk space, making it a better choice if you plan on packing for a weekend road trip.

  • "Cargo space isn't overflowing, but in the coupe there is two golf bags worth of space behind the front seats, supplementing the 3.5-cubic-foot compartment under the front hatch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Audi says there's enough room behind the R8 coupe's seats for a pair of golf bags, but you'd have to be pretty hard-pressed for country club transport to try that. The 3.5-cubic-foot front trunk is awkwardly shaped and barely provides enough space for an overnight bag (a Porsche 911 feels like a minivan by comparison). As such, the R8 is not the best choice for a long-distance road trip." -- Edmunds
  • "The mid-engine layout relegates the R8 trunk to a paltry 3.5-cubic-foot box in the nose, so travel light or plan on short trips. 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 (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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