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2020 Audi R8 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The 2020 Audi R8 provides an interior befitting a luxury sports car. It's stylish and attractive, with plenty of top-notch materials throughout. The seats are comfortable and supportive, but there's very little cargo space. While the R8 doesn't offer a ton of features, the technology it has is easy to use.

  • "… the interior is finely crafted and visually appealing. Nicely finished metal trim contributes to an exotic flair." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Audi interiors are always top-notch, and as the top-notch Audi, the R8 boasts a beautifully styled and intuitively laid-out cockpit. There's the 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, in case the V10's song somehow bores you. The supportive and comfortable seats are covered in Nappa leather, and the R8 now comes with Audi's MMI navigation system. The multi-function steering wheel incorporates many of the street/track functions, and Audi's excellent Virtual Cockpit replaces physical gauges with a high-res 12.3-inch display that shows information chosen by the driver." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Materials quality throughout the car shows a massive upgrade. One of our biggest complaints about the old R8 was that its interior didn't match its price tag, but there's no such issue with the 2017 model. It looks and feels exotic and well-made, with an artistry to its shapes and forms that was lacking in the cold, mechanical previous model." -- Cars.com (2017)

Seating

The R8 seats just two people (there's more room for the engine without that pesky back seat). Heated sport seats and Nappa leather upholstery are standard. Racing shell seats come standard in V10 Performance models, and 18-way power-adjustable seats are available.

Many people will find it tough to climb into the R8 because it sits so low to the ground. Once you're in, the seats are reasonably comfortable, and they provide plenty of support and ample side bolstering. The racing shell seats are even better in this regard, though they aren't as well-suited to daily driving. The available power-adjustable seats are worth the upgrade, as they make it much easier to find a comfortable seating position.

There are no LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats in the R8. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

  • "Sure, access requires agility, with the car so low slung that you can barely fit a shoe under the side sills. The snug, firm seats in our tester moved only fore and aft without even an angle adjustment for the seatback. This set-up reinforces the impression that this is a track toy or weekend plaything. There are 18-way sport seats available, and we'd recommend considering them." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The R8's two available seat designs occupy opposite ends of the spectrum. The base 18-way power chairs are both supportive in spirited driving and comfortable for touring, but the racing seats that comes standard in the V10 Plus lose the power functions (except height) and aren't even able to recline. If you plan to take your R8 to the racetrack on a regular basis, these seats may hold appeal, but we're glad that Audi makes the more luxurious seats an option for less aggressive V10 Plus buyers." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • There's a surprising amount of room for the two occupants the R8 can hold, with plentiful legroom and enough headroom for taller drivers to sit upright without their hair touching the roof. That roof, however, meets the windshield lower than you might expect, causing everyone to have to dip their heads and bend their necks to see stoplights at intersections. Outward visibility is not the R8's strongest attribute." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

The R8's standard MMI infotainment system features a Bang & Olufsen audio system, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, handwriting recognition, and voice control. Other standard amenities include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Despite its fairly short features list, the R8 has a user-friendly infotainment system and Audi's impressive Virtual Cockpit, which comes alive with a 12.3-inch screen mounted directly in front of the driver. It displays a variety of vehicle-related information and can be configured as the primary infotainment screen.

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  • Center stage is the striking virtual cockpit, with a 12.3-inch display in the instrument panel that can show trip info, audio, navigation, or phone functions, making interactions seamless." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The MMI system is better than ever, and the screen that displays its output is crisp, clear, and – to the delight of some, and the consternation of many – mounted right in front of the driver. … That means the driver has tons of detailed, gorgeously displayed information at their fingertips on a variety of configurable screens, easily controlled directly from the steering wheel. It also means the passenger has to lean over, squint, and look at a shallow angle at the portion of the screen they can see at all, just to input navigation data or adjust the radio. Is it a major beef? No. It's likely something owners and their passengers will quickly get used to." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "As for the interior, … Audi's reworked design is strong. The R8's innards are stripped down compared to other supercars. Most of the buttons are scattered all over the flat-bottom steering wheel, though unlike in the Huracan, the turn signal lever is still on the stalk. Like in the other new Audis the star of the show is the virtual cockpit, a completely configurable TFT screen responsible for displaying essentially everything, save HVAC info. You quickly realize that your left thumb controls 95 percent of the car's functionality. … At first this seems daunting, but after five minutes you'll have the controls figured out." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Cargo

The R8 has just 8 cubic feet of total storage space. While that's terrible compared to most vehicles, that's more than some other luxury sports cars provide. On the downside, the space is split between the front trunk and small spaces behind the seats. It’s hard to get to the space behind the seats, and the awkwardly shaped storage areas make cargo hauling tricky.

  • Sports cars aren't regarded for their practicality, and mid-engine cars typically come up shorter than others in this area. Cargo space and interior storage are limited in the R8, but there's enough space for a weekend getaway for two." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Being a mid-engine car, the R8 has a frunk (a front trunk). It's a surprisingly deep well, able to accommodate a large roll-aboard suitcase and some soft-sided duffels – or a trip to the grocery store for a weekend barbeque for 40 people." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "The R8's cargo space is divided into two areas, both awkwardly shaped and neither especially easy to access. Under the front 'hood' you'll find a compartment that holds an inflation kit and some other odds and ends, shaped roughly like a medium-sized plastic storage tub. A briefcase, backpack, or small overnight bag will fit easily – two of any of these will be tricky, but may fit. If you have any more than that you'll have to hit up the secondary area: behind the seats. While it's as wide as the cabin, it's also narrow. … In addition, the seats only move so far forward, so it can be tricky to get anything of substantial size in or out of the space." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
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