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2016 Audi TT Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Audi TT was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

Reviewers love the redesigned 2016 Audi TT's uncluttered, high-quality, and elegant cabin. The interior is very quiet, even in roadster models with the top down. Particularly impressive is the new virtual cockpit system that places the multimedia screen directly behind the steering wheel instead of on the dashboard. The screen is sharp and easy for the driver to see. However, once the novelty of the system wears off, it may not be as appealing to some. The climate controls are contained within the air vents, making them easy to adjust. The front seats are incredibly adjustable and comfortable, but the cramped back seats should only be used when truly necessary. Cargo space is great for the coupe, as well as the roadster.

  • "Materials are impressive and consistent, with generous padding wherever your arms or knees end up - including the doors, an area Audi often gives the short shrift." -- Cars.com
  • "The quality of all the materials, the comfort of the supple Nappa sport seats and trim, and the endlessly adjustable driving positions combine to make this car feel special and interesting inside without being overwrought. This inside space is the TT's best attribute." -- Bloomberg
  • "The interior is superbly minimalist. The integration of the HVAC controls into the vents themselves will become a widely copied feature." -- Motor Trend
  • "The virtual cockpit is just one aspect of the TT's captivating cabin. Even the vents are impressive and elegantly simple. Climate readouts are built into the vent dials, and a twist of the housing adjusts temperature, seat heat and more." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 2016 Audi TT coupe seats four, and the convertible seats two. Standard seating features include leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, heated front seats, and 12-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar adjustments. Upgraded Nappa leather upholstery is available, and the TTS comes with front sport seats.

The 2016 TT's front seats are well-designed and very adjustable, but the coupe's back seats are too small, lack head rests, and should only be occupied when absolutely necessary. You may also want to upgrade to the available quilted leather to give the cabin some personality, since it can look somewhat plain without them. The TT comes with a very effective wind deflector, allowing you to hold a low-volume conversation at highway speeds when the top is down. Like most convertibles, the Audi TT's rearward visibility is poor, so using the available rearview camera may be necessary when backing up.

  • Visibility with the top up is bad. But I suppose that does (sic) for almost any convertible. Backing out of a parking spot nearly necessitates the rearview camera." -- AutoWeek
  • "The combination of a low seating position and high beltline means the TT feels cozy when traveling top-down; a powered wind deflector rises between the seats to further reduce buffeting. This is a cabriolet in which you can conduct a conversation at 70 mph without having to shout." -- Car and Driver
  • The TT's front seats offer great ergonomics. The TT Coupe (technically it's a hatchback) has two tiny rear seats. 'Emergency' is the word for them, and it would have to be one for an adult to sit back there." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The front seats have lengthy adjustment range, and the low center tunnel opens up more inboard knee room than in some cars twice this size. The rear seats, however, are barely fit for children, let alone adults, and they lack head restraints. Toddlers will need high-back booster seats to protect against whiplash." -- Cars.com
  • Do splurge the extra $1,000 for the quilted leather seats; if you don't, the interior can tend toward bland." -- Bloomberg

Interior Features

The redesigned 2016 Audi TT comes standard with automatic climate control, Audi's MMI controller with handwriting recognition, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, and a 12.3-inch display screen that rests directly behind the steering wheel in the gauge cluster. This is part of Audi's virtual cockpit, which displays a suite of infotainment features and vehicle data.

A 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, front parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring are available.

Since there is no touch screen on the center dashboard, the virtual cockpit system gives the TT's interior a clean and simple look. The screen is easy to see in bright sunlight, and its graphics are sharp. It may also slightly reduce the time a driver looks away from the road when adjusting the infotainment system. However, depending on their sightlines, front passengers may not be able to view the screen. Most virtual cockpit features can also be controlled via the steering wheel. While the virtual cockpit is an innovative feature for the TT, the system may not be as appealing to some once its wow factor wears off. Climate controls are conveniently housed inside the air vents.

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  • "Inside, the roadster gets Audi's new virtual cockpit, which puts the navigation instructions, map, radio and media information in the configurable gauge cluster. It cleans up the dash and probably cuts down eyes-off-the-road time by a few fractions of a second. Also like the R8 and Q7, most of the stuff you need to adjust is right on the steering wheel. The TT still has the big jog dial in the middle, just no central screen." -- AutoWeek
  • "Switchgear is minimal-the HVAC controls are built into the central air vents, and many functions are controlled by the MMI interface and the vast ‘Virtual Cockpit’ display screen that sits in front of the driver. This is likely to be one of the most controversial elements of the car. As we've commented before, it's mostly invisible from the passenger's seat, giving the cabin a distinctly undemocratic vibe. But for some the vast, 12.3-inch screen, its smooth-scrolling graphics, and the ability to configure it in different ways will tip the scales in favor." -- Car and Driver
  • "Yes, all the navigation, music, vehicle settings and others are now nested among the gauges in front of the driver in an effort to clean up the design and appearance of the dashboard. Don't pooh-pooh the notion of the relocated screen out of hand. We found it quite natural to use thanks to the display's sharp resolution, immunity to direct sunlight and natural screen flow. There are different views you can toggle among, and because the screen's viewing angle is essentially 180 degrees, passengers have a surprisingly clear view of it, too." -- Edmunds
  • "The virtual cockpit system offers so much information via so many access modes, it can be overwhelming to deal with: There's a very strong chance it will become yet another user interface that, once they've finished showing it off to their neighbors, relatively few customers will actually ... er ... use to anywhere near its potential." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The 2016 Audi TT coupe has 12 cubic feet of trunk space behind its 50/50 split rear seats, which fold for additional space. That's a large cargo capacity for a coupe.

The TT roadster has 9.9 cubic feet of trunk room, which is more than most convertibles offer. Most important, when you drop the roadster's convertible soft top it doesn’t occupy trunk space.  Interior storage space is limited, but includes innovative compartments under the front-passenger seat and near the gearshift.

  • "The softtop is also a boon to luggage space, taking up none of the 9.9-cubic-foot trunk when folded." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Cabin storage amounts to a small center console bin under the center armrest and a glove compartment, but also a useful bin ahead of the gearshift and a storage drawer under the front-passenger seat. Stash away, but figure out what to do with that second travel mug, because there's only one exposed cupholder. A second holder deploys from the center console if you open the top and crook your elbow in. It's as convenient as it sounds." -- Cars.com

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