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Audi TT Coupe
The Top Gear car review: Audi TT Coupe
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
When this generation of TT launched in 2014, the big news was its Virtual Cockpit digital dials, with their ability to switch between traditional dials, a big fat rev counter or a luxurious, widescreen satnav. And all sorts in between. It’s still impactful all these years on, despite filtering down to more mundane Audis since (and rivals launching similar systems).
Thus Audi’s left it alone for the update, save for the addition of some power gauges and G-meters if you go for more powerful TTs. The glamour of the Virtual Cockpit remains, but so does its big drawback – only the driver can really operate it.
In Audi saloons and crossovers, it’s supplemented by a big central touchscreen the passenger can use, but in the TT and R8 sports cars there’s no such screen and the passenger will be craning their neck a bit to adjust the satnav or music. Perhaps it’s not a big issue – maybe Audi knows these cars are largely driven solo – but on a long trip it’d be nice if your co-driver could play DJ or navigator and give you one less potential distraction.
Beyond that, it’s all good news. Keen drivers will be happy to know you can get your seat nice and low and the steering wheel right out to your chest, while everyone else will be titillated by the lush materials that Audi interiors are traditionally draped in. You can go wild, adding carbon effect trim here and Alcantara there, while there’s a tonne of personalisation and colour options. There’s even a 20th anniversary special edition that apes the ‘baseball leather’ seats of the original mid-nineties TT concept, though only 999 are being made.
Unlike the Cayman and Alpine, there are two back seats, and they’ll work a treat for kids and smaller adults. You might even squeeze someone taller in for very short journeys.
The boot is properly practical, too. It’s accessed via a big hatchback and the rear seats flip down 50/50, folding flush with the boot floor. A hideously sensible thing to point out, of course, but you can carry big stuff easily in here. A Cayman has two boots and loads of room, but fold the TT’s seats and its 712 litres aren’t far off twice what the Porsche offers. There’s a useful net to keep potentially loose items tied down, handy when the TT S and RS are so flipping fast.