Driving position and dashboard
The first thing that strikes you is how simple the TT’s dashboard is; there is just a handful of clearly labelled buttons set neatly into the fascia. This minimalist approach is helped by the absence of any central infotainment screen. Instead, a 12.3in digital instrument panel shows everything from the stereo readout to sat-nav mapping, while also replacing traditional analogue dials for speed, engine revs and other driving essentials. Audi calls this fully-configurable display ‘Virtual Cockpit’.
Drivers of most shapes and sizes will be able to get comfortable thanks to plenty of adjustment to the steering wheel and the supportive seat. Electrically adjustable lumbar support costs extra if you go for entry-level Sport trim, but comes as standard on every other TT. Fully electric seats are a pricey option across the range.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The TT’s sleek styling and high waistline restrict your view a bit, but visibility isn’t too bad by coupe standards – especially out of the front.
Pulling out of junctions requires a bit of neck craning, though, and it’s pretty stingy that Audi doesn’t fit rear parking sensors as standard (you have to pay extra for them).
Sat nav and infotainment
The fact that infotainment is displayed behind the steering wheel is good news in theory: you don’t have to divert your eyes far from the road to see it. However, it does make for a rather isolating drive as the passenger can’t help out with the sat-nav or manage the music.
This setup does take a little getting used to because its menus are condensed to fit into the restricted screen space. Using the rotary controller positioned between the front seats also feels a little awkward; using the physical buttons on the steering wheel feels much more intuitive when scrolling through menus.
DAB radio and a USB socket come as standard, but, disappointingly, sat-nav costs extra and is only available as part of the relatively pricey Technology Pack. It’s worth noting, too, that the sat-nav graphics are rather more simple than the Google Maps imagery used by newer Audi models.
The TT’s interior really is something to behold, with solid feeling, high-quality materials throughout. In fact, the interior is so smart that it shames those of far more expensive sports cars; even the Porsche 911 doesn’t look or feel significantly more special inside.
As an option, you can add coloured surrounds to the air vents, centre console and seat edges, but these have a shiny plastic finish and can look a bit cheap. We reckon they’re best avoided.