2020 Audi R8 vs. 2019 Bugatti Chiron

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The R8 has standard head airbags which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Chiron doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head.

The R8 has standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Chiron doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the R8 and the Chiron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty

There are over 25 times as many Audi dealers as there are Bugatti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the R8’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the R8 V10 gets better fuel mileage than the Chiron (13 city/20 hwy vs. 9 city/14 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the R8’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Chiron doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The R8 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Chiron doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Chassis

The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Bugatti Chiron.

The R8 is 4.5 inches shorter than the Chiron, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The R8 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Chiron (4 vs. 2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the R8 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Chiron doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The R8’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Chiron doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The R8’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Chiron’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Model Availability

The Audi R8 comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Bugatti Chiron isn’t available as a convertible.

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