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Audi R8

(2015 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

50
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

83
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

22
%
D

Reliability Rating:

68
%
D

Running Costs:

4
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

50
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

83
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

22
%
D

Reliability Rating:

68
%
D

Running Costs:

4
%
E

Summary


Audi surprised the world with the first R8 in 2006. The mid-engined two-seater coupe, created to rival the Porsche 911, was unlike anything Audi had ever made, and instantly topped desirability lists – and it gained more fans two years later when the Audi R8 Spyder (convertible) joined the line-up.

The second-generation Audi R8 was introduced in 2015 and facelifted in 2019. The biggest change was the dropping of the ‘entry-level’ V8 version, the car now only powered by a V10 petrol engine with either 562 or 612hp. As a result the car moved up a class, according to Autocar going from “sports car” to “super sports car.”

Testers like the R8 and generally agree that it is a hassle-free supercar, usable every day, which splits opinions. Carbuyer says it’s “reliable and as easy to drive around town as a Volkswagen Golf,” which causes the Sunday Times’s Jeremy Clarkson to claim he’d rather pay a rather pay a lot more for a Lamborghini Huracan, which shares its platform and V10 engine with the Audi. And Carwow says; “It’s well built and easy to drive but can’t match others for exclusivity.”

Opinions of the interior follow a similar theme; “the R8’s sensible cabin lacks the pizzazz of the Hurracan’s bonkers interior,” adds Carwow. And the modest luggage space is also marked down.

However, these are mere gripes – testers as a whole like the potent but refined engine, love its sound, and enjoy the car’s predictable handling and road holding, typified by Evo; “Huge grip nuanced with a delicacy and adjustability make the R8 as sweet to drive as ever.”  

As of January 2024, the Audi R8 holds a New Car Expert Rating of D with a score of 56%.

Audi R8 highlights

  • Visually arresting
  • V10 engine makes lovely noise
  • Easy to live with for a supercar
  • Choice of coupé or roadster models

Audi R8 lowlights

  • Expensive to buy, not cheap to run
  • Steering a bit soft
  • Limited luggage space
  • Should a supercar be usable every day?

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-engined coupé and roadster
Engines: petrol
Price: From £129,785 on-road

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

+

Auto Express

+

Auto Trader

+

Autocar

+

Car

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Daily Mail

+

Evo

+

Heycar

+

Motoring Research

+

Motors.co.uk

+

Parkers

+

The Sun

+

The Sunday Times

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Audi R8 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP, and neither was the previous model. Being a low-volume, £100K+ sports car, it’s unlikely to happen.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Audi R8 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The R8 is powered by a large V10 petrol engine producing 600hp, plus or minus, so it’s not going to win over any polar bears.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi R8 has an above-average reliability rating of 63%, according to warranty data provided exclusively to us by our commercial partner, MotorEasy.

Based on a small number of warranty claims, the average repair cost is about £850, so a used car warranty is well worth considering if you own or are considering an R8. Suspension faults are surprisingly the most expensive problems, and are not uncommon.

Make sure that any used car warranty you purchase covers all of these problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models21 mpgE19 – 22 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models306 g/kmD286 – 340 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£630D
Year 2£1,578D
Year 3£2,601D
Year 4£3,039D
Year 5£3,957D
Overall£11,805D

The Audi R8 is a very expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The car’s fuel economy of 21 mpg is one of the poorest fuel consumption stats in our Expert Rating Index, and insurance premiums are in the most expensive bracket too. Servicing and maintenance costs are also higher than the market average over the course of five years of ownership.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi R8 has received

2016

  • World Car Awards – World Performance Car

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi R8, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Aston Martin Vantage | Ferrari Portofino | Ferrari Roma | Honda NSX | Lamborghini Huracan | McLaren 570S | Mercedes-AMG GT | Porsche 911

The Audi R8 is the kind of car you buy because you want an R8, especially since its more powerful engine became the only option and it moved upmarket. But rivals remain – not least the Lamborghini Hurracan, which shares its platform with the Audi but is substantially more expensive. And McLaren’s Sport Series cars offer arguably more desirability.

Among the more mainstream names the Mercedes-AMG GT is a rival, while the Porsche 911, the car the Audi was conceived to beat, also remains a contender, at least in potent Turbo S form.

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