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2017 Audi TT Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi TT was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The Audi TT's cabin styling is clean and simple, and its first-class materials create an upscale environment. The cabin is quiet, too, even in the convertible model 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. 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 for storage. Cargo space is great for the coupe and the roadster.

  • "As with other Audi models, the TT's interior artfully blends high technology with an understated and minimalist design. Likewise, the materials used and build quality is excellent. In a time when other cars are cluttered with a mass of buttons and readouts, the TT's simplicity is refreshing." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The 2017 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 2017 TT's front seats provide outstanding all-day support and comfort. However, the small back seats should only be occupied by adults when in a pinch for seating. Optional quilted leather adds flair to the cabin, which otherwise looks pretty bland.

The TT convertible comes with a very effective wind deflector, allowing you to hold a low-volume conversation at highway speeds – even when the top is down. Like most convertibles, the Audi TT's rearward visibility is poor, so the newly standard rearview camera should come in handy.

  • Its front seats provide plenty of support and cushioning for hours of comfortable touring and there are enough adjustments to ensure that tall and short occupants will find a perfect driving position. The coupe's rear seats are very small and even children may find them too confining. It's best to think of those seats as a secondary cargo area." -- Edmunds
  • "Cruising down a Spanish freeway, I heard some road noise but the TT RS felt comfortable enough for a road trip, especially using the tiny rear seats for extra luggage space." -- CNET

Interior Features

The 2017 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. Newly standard features for 2017 include a rearview camera and auto-dimming, power-folding side mirrors.

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

Without the typical dashboard-mounted touch screen, the Virtual Cockpit, located in the gauge cluster, gives the Audi TT's interior a clean and simple look. The screen has vibrant graphics that won't wash out in sunlight. Additionally, the screen is close to driver sightlines, so you won't have to glance very far to see information like navigation, audio settings, and speed. The front passenger, however, may not be able to see the screen.

Virtual Cockpit works well and quickly. Features can be controlled via the steering wheel or the console-mounted MMI controller. While 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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  • "This is a must-get for modern Audis. Instead of physical gauges, the instruments are a 12.3-inch display running at 60 frames per second, powered by an NVIDIA quad-core computer processor. It displays a multitude of information, letting the driver focus forward instead of having to glance sideways for, say, map directions." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The virtual gauge cluster not only displays the speed and other vitals, but also handles audio, navigation and secondary system controls, too. The majority of functions are controlled via the MMI knob mounted on the center console right where your hand normally rests. The system works flawlessly, with quick responses and super sharp graphics that are easy to read at a glance. Some of the menus take some getting used to, but it quickly becomes intuitive. Further enhancing the cockpit's simplicity are the placement of the climate control knobs in the center of the circular vents and the lack of a center infotainment screen." -- 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 (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Audi TT coupe has 12 cubic feet of trunk space behind its 50/50 split rear seats, which fold for additional room. That's a large cargo capacity for a coupe.

The TT roadster convertible has 7.5 cubic feet of trunk room, which is more than most convertibles offer. Additionally, when you drop the roadster's convertible soft top, it doesn’t take up trunk space.

  • "Trunk space is adequate with 12 cubic feet of capacity for the coupe. Fitting a golf bag with a driver will likely require folding the rear seats flat, but that isn't unusual for cars in this class. The convertible's capacity of only 7.5 cu-ft may be a deal breaker for some." -- Edmunds
  • "The TT's front seats offer great ergonomics and comfort, and as for the Coupe's rear seats, just forget them and fold them down to take advantage of the Coupe's 25-cubic-foot cargo capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The softtop is also a boon to luggage space, taking up none of the 9.9-cubic-foot trunk when folded." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

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