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2012 Audi R8 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Audi R8 was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2012 Audi R8 earns praise from reviewers for its artfully designed cockpit with luxurious materials and comfortable seats, but it criticized for its small trunk and counterintuitive entertainment and navigation system.

  • "R8's dashboard design mimics that of other Audis with large, clear gauges and most all controls within easy reach. Some switch icons aren't obvious, though, and moving the manual shift lever forward partly obstructs the low-set trio of climate-control dials." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "As with every Audi, the R8 has a cabin finely crafted from top-notch materials." -- Edmunds 
  • "Despite the R8's clear performance intentions, not a stitch was spared in making its interior every bit as luxurious and accommodating as those of Audi's high-dollar sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The car, while small and wide, feels huge once you're sitting in the passenger compartment. There's tons of space, at least it feels that way." -- Cars.com


Whether you opt for a coupe or a Spyder, the R8 features seating for two that reviewers say is comfortable. There’s enough head- and legroom for 6-foot-tall drivers, but a few auto writers note that the R8’s low stance makes it difficult to get in and out of.

  • "The seats are comfortable for long-distance travel and the driving position suits a wide range of people." -- Edmunds 
  • "There are supportive 10-way adjustable Alcantara/leather seats with baggage space behind them, and the curvature of the roof allows ample headroom for tall occupants." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "A low stance and long doors strain entry and exit, but the cabin offers 6-footer headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Audi is known for its high-quality interiors, and the 2012 R8 continues to impress reviewers with its attractive design, excellent craftsmanship and top-notch materials. While the Audi R8 is well-made, not all reviewers consider Audi’s Multi Media Interface intuitive. The system controls most entertainment and navigation functions and reviewers say that in addition to being counterintuitive, the display can also be difficult to read in bright sunlight. On the plus side, the 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, which is standard on the 5.2 and optional on the 4.2, earns high marks for its excellent sound quality.

  • "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 
  • "We like the center stack's elegant swoop away from the driver, but this means that major controls require an awkward reach. In particular, the navigation and audio controls are operated by an unintuitive, dash-mounted knob located next to the display screen." -- Edmunds 
  • "Standard with the 5.2 and available with the 4.2 is the Bang and Olufsen 12-speaker audio system which is simply mind (and ear) blowing." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Everything is right at your finger tips and the high resolution navigation screen points directly at you. Leather surrounds you but it's not just any kind of leather. It includes special pigments that can cool the seats by as much as 68 degrees even in direct sunlight." -- Cars.com


With just 3.5 cubic feet of trunk space on all models, reviewers say that the 2012 Audi R8 has almost no room to stow your gear. Inside, there’s a small storage ledge behind the seats, as well as door pockets and a glovebox that reviewers say are also on the small side. If you need ample room, consider the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, which provides 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "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  
  • "The 3.5-cubic-foot front trunk is awkwardly shaped and barely provides enough space for an overnight bag (a Porsche 911 is a minivan by comparison)." -- Edmunds
  • "The dual console cupholders are set too far back for convenient use." -- MSN

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