What is it like on the inside?
In an age of enormo-screens and cabin philosophies that play fast and loose with the principle of ‘ease of use’, the TT’s interior is a bit of a throwback. Yes, when it first launched back in 2014, Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ was an outstanding piece of technology: any manner of driver-configurable displays from fat rev counters to sat nav and everything in between? Amazing!
Nearly ten years on and... it’s still a draw, though if you’ve been in a ModernAudi of late, it might feel a little sparse. There’s no central screen, a triplet of fans and a row of actual buttons providing the central furniture. And you know what? It’s fantastic.
The central driver display remains crystal clear and easy to use, ditto the fans, dials and buttons. The quality and fit/finish of the materials is world class and feels hewn from rock. There’s a good driving position on offer, keen drivers able to get the seat nice and low and the steering wheel right into their chests.
Unlike the Cayman and the 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... assuming you no longer value their continuing friendship.
The boot’s 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 RS is thunderously quick.