When you open the driver’s door of the Audi TT, you see an interior that – much like the exterior – lacks the appealing individualism of the original car, but which feels and looks extremely tidy. The designers have made sure everything in here is just so.
You sit really low, with the dashboard in front of you, rather than below, while the beautiful flat-bottomed leather steering wheel is ideally placed to interact with.
The centre console is angled towards you in the manner of an old BMW, and ahead are a pair of beautifully crafted dials for revs and speed. Every switch, surface and dial is cleanly styled and perfectly weighted in its operation, and there’s even a unique-to-the-TT set of controls for heating and ventilation. Little touches like that show Audi’s commitment and pride towards the TT.
It goes beyond its place in the brand’s price structure; Audi wants you to feel good about owning this car when you’re sitting within its snug confines, irrespective of how much money you could have spent on a coupé.
Drive the coupé and you may feel slightly guilty if you need to give friends a lift anywhere, though, because although there’s plenty of room up front, the rear seats are still very much for occasional use only. Nevertheless, they’re a useful dumping ground for luggage, and when they’re folded flat there’s 700 litres of space from the boot end to the front seat backs.
There’s no such benefit in the roadster – it’s strictly a two-seater with only a 250-litre boot for company.
The RS models get a few tweaks inside with heavily bolstered front seats (that lack a little under-thigh support) and twin-strip, lightweight interior door handles that are an RS signature, a thicker sports steering wheel and RS-badged instruments. If there is a criticism of the TT’s interior, it’s that it’s rather bleak inside.