Audi R8

The Essentials

  • Price from £87,965
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 19.9mpg
  • What is it? Beautiful to look at, beautiful to drive and incredibly desirable

Great

  • Drives like the car of your dreams
  • Comfortable enough to use every day
  • It' ll be easy to find a buyer if you can bear to sell it

Gripes

  • Semi-auto gearbox isn't the smoothest
  • Getting in and out requires some flexibility
  • Fuel bills require a healthy bank balance
  • Drive

    Yes please. Forget sat-nav, you want to take the long way round

  • Inside

    Audi haute couture: luxuriously appointed and comfortable too. Sporty touches include optional ambient lighting to show off the engine

  • Safety

    Electronic driver aids come as standard and the brakes are superb

  • Reliability

    Beautifully built body; engines are tried and tested and shouldn't give you problems

  • Space

    Hardly an MPV, but there's room for golf clubs on the back seat and a suitcase under the bonnet

  • Standard and extras

    Flashy basic kit but adding options is eye-wateringly expensive

  • What's it like to drive?

    If you love driving and you like going quickly, Audi's R8 will render you speechless. Luckily the figures speak for themselves: the V8 version does 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds and, if you can' t wait that long, the V10 engine will cut it down to just 3.9 seconds.
    So good is the engineering that whether you're charging up a motorway, or whipping around country lanes, the car feels safe, composed and surprisingly comfortable. If, in your excitement, you push it too far, an array of electronic driver aids and superb brakes help rein the R8 back in. The R8 comes as a manual as standard but the optional S tronic automatic, which you operate with paddles behind the steering wheel, offers lightning quick gear shifts.

  • What's it like inside?

    If the workmanship and engineering is anything to go by, then you can rest assured that the Audi R8 will do you proud. It's immaculate both inside and out. Audi's Quattro four-wheel drive system and engines are well-proven and certainly worthy of this thoroughbred car.
    The R8 has so much grip and such strong brakes that getting into trouble is going to be a challenge, but should you manage it four airbags and myriad electronic driver aids will do their best to keep you safe.

  • How reliable is it?

    If the workmanship and engineering is anything to go by, then you can rest assured that the Audi R8 will do you proud. It's immaculate both inside and out. Audi's world-famous Quattro system and V8 engines are well-proven and certainly worthy of this thoroughbred car.

  • Should I buy one?

    Absolutely - if you love driving fabulous cars, then it's worth every penny. If you decide the car's not for you, there will be plenty of people eager to take it off your hands, for a good price. Those distinctive aluminium panels on the body cost an arm and a leg to repair, so be prepared to fork out hefty insurance premiums. The engines are thirsty and this isn't the kind of car you'll want to drive economically.