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QUALITY | 10 out of 10
the climate control system will maintain your selected temperature with Teutonic precision
no noisier overall than some big-power sports sedans
minimalist and no-nonsense
not a stitch was spared in making the R8 interior...luxurious and accommodating
Kelley Blue Book
Little was spared in crafting the 2009 Audi R8's interior: It's ergonomically sound and luxurious, and it sports Audi's well-regarded fit and finish.
Kelley Blue Book has only praise for this 2009 Audi R8. The leather seats, inlaid with Alcantara suede, can be adjusted in 10 different ways, so they'll accommodate almost every shape of driver and passenger. The curved roof, like that of the TT, is created with tall occupants in mind, and the design of the cockpit ensures that all controls are easily accessed from the driver's seat.
ForbesAutos is able to fit a 6-foot-5 editor into the seats comfortably and describes the R8 Audi's interior as "minimalist and no-nonsense, yet it's comfortable and exquisitely finished," and notes that buyers can choose a wide range of leathers, colors, and trim to personalize their R8. Automobile Magazine, however, plays down the interior: "The cockpit's design is an acquired taste. There's a lot going on in this somewhat overstyled workstation. Not everyone will love the prominent carbon-fiber (or piano black) arc that swings from the center console across to the driver-side door panel." But ConsumerGuide cites "superb workmanship" that includes "high-quality plastics and fabrics applied with obvious care, plus real-aluminum accents on the dashboard, console, steering wheel and foot pedals."
In its comparison of the Audi R8 with rival Porsche 911, Motor Trend declares that the former's cockpit is the "more ergonomic of the two." Kelley Blue Book feels the "controls couldn't be easier to reach and operate" and notes the seats are "ten-way adjustable."
Although this vehicle is strictly a two-seater, the 2009 R8 Audi offers a 3.5-cubic-foot trunk tucked under the hood, as well as that storage bay behind the seats. Road & Track reports there's plenty of room behind the seats to stash golf clubs or anything else necessary for a weekend getaway. Those editors at Road & Track must have been thinking of miniature golf.
This exotic may be honestly considered a daily driver; its luxurious accommodations and easy-to-live-with controls make driving the 2009 Audi R8 a pleasure rather than work.