2018 Audi TT Walk Around

The Audi TT has been around more than 20 years, and in that time has evolved from round and funky to round, sleek, and powerful. From cute to awesome. Others have evolved toward roundness, because it is aerodynamic. So the first funky TT was a pioneering leader. Maybe not iconic like the upside-down-bathtub Porsche, but still distinctive.

The TT has tucked-in overhangs and softly chiseled edges. It looks like a smaller version of the sensational R8 supercar. Its shoulders and creases, but especially its face, the wide-mouthed black grille, LED matrix headlamps.


The cabin feels radical, with a swoopy padded dash that envelopes the driver and hangs over the passenger’s legs like an aircraft wing. The whole cabin feels aerospacey. You can find jet engines in the round vents on the black dash panel, for example. If you’re looking for them. At the center of the vents are climate control buttons that press and twist.

The piped-in sound track from the engine reminds you it’s not a jet. The cabin materials bring you up to first class, they are high quality, goes without saying with Audi.

The interior is purposeful, functional, and roomy (for a sports car) in front, with decent legroom and good adjustability in the driver’s seat. The front seats have good lateral support for the thighs and good bolstering for the back. In the coupe, the rear passengers’ legs will be buckled and heads might hit the hatchback glass.

The interface is Audi Virtual Cockpit, using a 12.3-inch high-contrast screen displaying three different gauge layouts, including a performance version. The driver chooses his gauge display with a “view” button on the steering wheel.

Most of Virtual Cockpit is controlled or not by voice command, steering-wheel switchgear, and a touch pad on the center console for MMI. A Navigation Plus package adds Audi Connect, with an embedded LTE data connection and Google Earth map displays, as well as Facebook- and Twitter-integrated interfaces. It also offers a search function that lets you input free text, scanning everything from navigation destinations to phone contacts to songs to podcasts.

Virtual cockpit offers passengers no physical control over audio or other functions. But there’s always voice command. Good luck with that.

The cabin materials and trim are bold, for example the flamboyant Express Red or Palomino Brown leather to choose over plain black or gray. There’s also Alcantara faux suede. The available S line package has diamond patterning on Nappa leather, and a lighting package enhances the interior’s ambience with accent lighting.

The trunk in the roadster is quite small at 7.5 cubic feet, but the coupe has a decent 12.0 cubic feet.

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