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2018 Audi R8 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.5

Audis are known for having outstanding interiors, and the 2018 Audi R8 is no exception. The attractive styling is matched by premium materials. The infotainment screen is part of Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is intuitive and high-tech. The seats are supportive and comfortable. The R8 has more cargo space than some other supercars, but it still has less room than almost every car on the road.

  • "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
  • "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)
  • "… the cabin of the new R8 is a leap forward. There is generous space for the driver and co-driver, with ample room behind the front seats to store bags. The dashboard is ultra-contemporary, with a reconfigurable TFT display in front of the driver, and angular, almost funky switchgear. The R8's dash somewhat resembles the TT, but the styling language is more extreme and the materials are more upscale, and all befitting a $180K supercar." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Seating

The R8 is a sports car through and through, and it only has two seats. Nappa leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable seats, and heated front sport seats are standard. Racing shell seats come standard in V10 Plus models. There are no LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The seats have a good shape and remain comfortable even on long drives. The racing shell seats in the V10 Plus models are great for support at the track, but they aren’t as suitable for daily driving. They have plenty of side bolstering, which helps keep you in place during spirited driving but also makes it hard for people with wide shoulders to sit comfortably, and they offer few adjustment points. Fortunately, you can swap them out for the base seats.

  • "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)
  • The R8 is not the easiest car to exit, and ladies (or Scots) exiting while wearing a skirt will need to take extra care." -- CNET (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the R8 include automatic climate control, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Audi’s virtual cockpit, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and the MMI infotainment system with navigation, handwriting recognition, and voice control.

Buyers who want the latest and greatest active safety features should look elsewhere because the R8 doesn’t have many. It does feature plenty of connectivity options, though, and the user-friendly MMI infotainment system features sharp graphics.

The highlight of the tech features is the virtual cockpit. It uses a 12.3-inch screen mounted directly in front of the driver. In addition to displaying the typical driver's gauges, this configurable display acts as the sole infotainment screen for the car. It takes a while to get your bearings with the system (and the passenger is mostly left in the dark when it comes to seeing or adjusting infotainment settings), but most automotive critics approve of the new interface, calling it high-tech and responsive.

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  • "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)
  • "The interior features Audi's Virtual Cockpit TFT instrumentation; combined with the electronic gear selector and the techy surfaces, it gives the cabin a futuristic aura that's a huge step forward from the predecessor's and is perhaps the most forward-thinking in its segment." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Cargo

The R8 won’t wow anyone with its cargo room. It has just 8 cubic feet of total storage space. Believe it or not, that’s actually more room than some supercars offer. However, the R8’s is split between the front trunk and additional small spaces behind the seats. It’s hard to get to the space behind the seats, and the storage areas are awkwardly shaped.

  • 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
  • "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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