The $208,000 Audi R8 is a stellar supercar, but its best feature is having a dedicated holder for your keys

The 2020 Audi R8 V10 Performance Coupe Quattro. Kristen Lee
  • Because most car keys are key fobs now, you can’t just put them in the ignition anymore.
  • The 2020 Audi R8 I reviewed had a specialised slot in its centre console just for the key.
  • It’s a great solution and became intuitive to use very quickly.
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The 2020 Audi R8 V10 Performance Coupe Quattro’s interior deserves a special shout out — not because it’s airy and spacious, though it is — but because it included a little slot especially for the car key.

Those who know my tastes at all will know that I love it when cars have extra storage cubbies and slots. As people, we carry a lot of loose items with us and those items need to go somewhere when we’re in our cars. We certainly can’t be expected to hold everything all the time. We live in a society after all.

The interior of the R8 is spacious and airy. Kristen Lee

Most of the time, all my loose items just wind up getting dumped, unceremoniously, into the cupholders. This is a bad system and I don’t like it. This was delightfully not the case in the R8 I recently reviewed.

Broadly, Audi’s halo car is very fast and clearly a track star. But one of my favourite features had nothing to do with its driving capabilities at all.

Slot? Kristen Lee

In the R8’s carbon fibre-inlaid, minimalist centre console, there’s a little slot meant for safekeeping the car’s key — a blocky, large thing that might not always be the most comfortable to leave in your pocket while sitting down. Car keys can be easy to misplace even when size isn’t a concern, since all of them are fobs now and you physically cannot put them in the ignition anymore.

Foreseeing this as an issue, Audi thoughtfully created a spot for it that would have otherwise just been dead space.

Using that key slot became second nature faster than actually driving the R8 did. You ever been on that subreddit r/Perfectfit? That was me the whole time I had the Audi.

Meet key. Kristen Lee

You unlock the car, climb into it, put the key in its little house, and start the car up. And after you shut the car off, you pluck the key up out of the slot and slip it back into your pocket along with your phone. Intuitive. Smooth. Efficient. Dare I say it?German.

The ignition was the original key holder. The R8’s little key slot is the next best thing.