2018 Audi TT

Interior


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2018 Audi TT Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The 2018 Audi TT's best attributes are experienced from the front seat, where you are enveloped in luxurious materials and treated to a cozy, relaxing ride. The elegant styling is underscored by touches like the virtual cockpit and distinctive air vents. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, and the coupe's trunk has a nice amount of room.

  • "The air vents in the 2018 Audi TT cabin don't just aim the air. The elegant design incorporates the controls as well, showing the climate readout in the vent dial, and using the housing to … adjust temperature, seat heat and more. That kind of simplicity and elegance permeates the TT's cabin, whether it's the vents, the Virtual Cockpit, or the excellent ergonomics and comfortable front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

There's room for four people in TT coupe models, while the TT roadster (convertible) is limited to two. A combination of leather and Alcantara (synthetic suede) upholstery is standard. The available sport seats upgrade seating surfaces to Nappa leather with diamond stitching.

The front seats are spacious and comfortable, with heated seats and 12-way power adjustments in every model. The back seat has only 28.9 inches of legroom, which makes for narrow quarters, even for smaller travelers. This area does come in handy for keeping purses and small bags nearby, and the seatback folds with a 50/50 split when you want to enlarge your trunk. Both rear seats have a tether anchor and a set of lower anchors for installing child safety seats.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

One of the key pieces of technology in the TT is the virtual cockpit. This 12.3-inch screen – mounted where the gauge cluster is normally found – not only shows vehicle gauges but also acts as the sole infotainment screen for the car. The system is responsive and takes only a little practice to learn, with adjustments made using the centrally mounted knob or with buttons on the steering wheel. By relocating even the navigation and audio operations to the virtual cockpit, Audi is able to delete the display screen from the center of the dash, which bolsters the interior's elegance. However, the steering wheel can occasionally block the view of the screen, and the screen's placement minimizes the passenger's participation with the infotainment system.

Other standard features in the 2018 TT include Audi's MMI controller with handwriting recognition, a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, automatic climate control, a proximity key, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Audi offers options such as navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and blind spot monitoring.

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  • "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 (2017)
  • "[The virtual cockpit] 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 (2017)
  • "[The virtual cockpit] takes some getting used to, and it's certainly not friendly for passengers. Drivers can accomplish most functions through the steering-wheel controls or Audi's console-mounted MMI controller. I experienced a moderate learning curve, but another editor found the setup a cinch. … The layout has physical limitations. You have to position the steering wheel higher than you might like to avoid obstructing the screen with the rim. Audi also throws the optional backup camera in there, so if you turn the wheel to back around a corner, the wheel spokes themselves can become an obstruction." -- Cars.com (2016)

Cargo

The coupe version of the Audi TT has a 12-cubic-foot trunk, which is roomy for this class. As a bonus, with the car's 50/50 split-folding back seat, you can expand the trunk significantly. Leave the seat up, and you get a handy in-cabin storage area for purses and small bags.

The Roadster isn't as spacious, offering only 7.5 cubic feet of trunk space and no back seat for interior storage. That said, when the top is folded down, it doesn't encroach on the trunk space – or crush any belongings stored there – the way some convertible tops do.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "The softtop is also a boon to luggage space, taking up none of the … trunk when folded." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • 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 (2016)
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