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2011 Audi R8 Comfort & Quality

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For something so soulful and fast, the Audi R8 also comports itself like a gentleman when it needs to. It's not the easiest car to exit and enter--count that against its super-low ride height and low doors--but once you're inside, it's supremely comfortable for its kind.

The R8 benefits from being a half-size larger than some of its competition. It's nearly five inches longer than the Lamborghini Gallardo, which has some of the same drivetrain bits underneath (they're both part of the massive Volkswagen Group). It also has a few more inches of leg room and seat travel than the Italian stallion, and feels more spacious than a Chevrolet Corvette or even a Jaguar XKR. Even taller people will fit under the R8's low roofline, with good knee and shoulder room, and that's an achievement in something with stellar track capability. 

We're always pleasantly surprised at the R8's fairly roomy cabin; getting in and out is a little less easy.

Once you're inside, behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel, the R8's racy control layout is low enough to give decent visibility straight ahead. To the sides, thick pillars intrude just beyond the 180-degree view. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, putting the critical pedals and paddle-shift controls at hand.

There's not much storage for small personal items, and the R8's limited cargo space means planning and packing with care. A small area under the front hood will hold a couple of soft-sided bags, and a netted cargo shelf behind the seats holds a laptop bag...and not much else.

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