2016 Audi TT Walk Around

Because the TT profile hasn’t changed much, it’s readily recognizable as the same saucy coupe or roadster sold since 2001. Body overhangs have been tucked in, corners are more chiseled and sheetmetal looks tauter with sharp contours reaching across the hood.

Overall, the TT conveys a more purposeful tone than before, matched by a more hunkered-back profile. Some might describe the look as menacing. Influence of the R8 supercar is most evident up front, starting with a broader and flatter trapezoidal, single-frame grille and new hood creases. Full LED headlights now are standard.


Inside, the TT has undergone a radical transformation for 2016. The customary infotainment screen and center stack are gone. Instead, virtually everything related to the interface sits directly ahead of the driver.

A new Audi Virtual Cockpit display uses a 12.3-inch high-contrast screen, steering-wheel toggles, and voice-activated controls, adding an MMI Touch scratch pad. The screen can display either of two distinct instrument layouts, or three in the TTS.

Climate controls sit within the round vents. Although the dashboard layout is low-set, it envelops the driver. Material covering the upper dashboard is padded and textured, while the TTS gets a raised honeycomb pattern.

As before, the TT and TTS offer plenty of passenger space, with greater front legroom than in most sports cars or sporty coupes. Seats are comfortable and supportive.

The TT is a 2+2, meaning even short people must endure cramped quarters for knees and legs. Worse yet, heads are likely to bump against the hatchback glass. Luggage space is small, too.

With the new infotainment system focused on the driver, there’s no way for a passenger to assist with navigation or traffic details. Also, backing out of the electronic path when a system gets confused or stops dead isn’t always so easy.

If actual engine and road sounds seem insufficient, an electronic sound actuator can send sporty tones into the cabin whenever the TT is driven enthusiastically.

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