2008 Audi TT Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Audi TT was new.
The TT's cabin receives high marks for its elegant interior appointments. Car and Driver calls the interior "typical Audi, with high-class materials, top-notch fit and finish, and of course, beautiful design." Most reviews describe the cockpit in similar terms. AutoWeek says, "Audi's highly vaunted interior-design ethic and impeccable execution are more reasons owners love their TTs."
The Audi TT coupe has seating for four, but it's classified as a 2+2 -- "which means two front seats and two rear seats that really only qualify as such for those 5 feet tall and under," explains Edmunds.
On the plus side, the interior has grown with the 2008 redesign, allowing extra space for tall adults in front, though the low roofline can make getting in difficult. "Once you've collected your wits after braining yourself getting into the TT, you'll find more headroom than you'd expect (swelling notwithstanding)," says Cars.com. The says that more space add the interior's comfort, "at least upfront, where shoulders now can twitch without striking door panel or window." Most find the front seats are appropriately snug for a sports car. The Detroit News reports that the "deep set sport seats are comfortable and hold the driver well through tight cornering." Velocity Journal recommends upgrading to the leather seating package because, "the superb Nappa leather sport seats in the TT are worth the price," and adds, "These seats have 10-way power adjustments to suit most physiques."
While the front seats show improvement, the rear seats remain cramped. Car and Driver says they're appropriate "only for briefcases, or perhaps amputees with short torsos." Likewise, the Detroit News reports that the seats are "barely big enough to hold a child's winter coat, much less another person. They're cute in that useless kind of way." And even if you do fit in the back, it's no easy feat getting there. "Entry is an adventure," says the . "Front seats barely move forward to create an aisle to the back. If you do manage to slip inside, you ride with your melon against the backlight or your body curled across the seats in the fetal position to prevent head injury." MSN adds, "Entering or leaving the back seat is best left to toddlers or small pets."
To be fair, Cars.com points out that the two rear seats "aren't really about function, unless their function is to fold flat and increase the cargo area, which they do aptly." The agrees that the backseat "is for storage, not people. Still, there's one available if you want to punish someone." Despite the cramped quarters in the rear, the TT is one of the few cars in this class to offer a rear seat, and passenger space may not be what most sports car buyers are after.
Among the many standard interior comfort and convenience features in the 2008 Audi TT are a manually-adjustable tilt-and-telescopic steering column, driver information system with onboard computer, and an Audi Concert AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD player including MP3 Capability and a seven-speaker, 140-watt sound system. One of the only complaints about the features comes from the Detroit News, who isn't a fan of the iPod connector: "First of all, it's optional. Second of all, it's in the glove box. The reasoning behind this is to keep the iPod safe, but hiding it away, it's just annoying."
Otherwise, reviewers are generally satisfied with the controls. "Gauges can be easily read in the upscale interior," says MSN. The Washington Times adds that, "All switches and instrumentation are conveniently placed for the driver." Cars.com credits this year's redesign for the logical layout: "The buttons and display are all larger now, leaving a more conservative center control panel. The side mirrors are larger and less cool, but the bigger size was badly needed. It seems like someone went through the TT and put function ahead of form, which is probably best." One interesting feature is the steering wheel, which is flat across the bottom. MSN says it "looks and feels offbeat because it's squared off at the bottom instead of being perfectly round." But the says that it "looks racy and gives drivers more leg clearance when entering and exiting the car."
Criticism about Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI), which comes only on cars equipped with the optional navigation system, is heavier. The system controls the navigation and entertainment via a rotary-knob and a dash-mounted screen. Some like it, but others find it overly complicated. "It's similar to BMW's iDrive but easier to use, though techno-phobes may still want to stay clear and forgo the navigation system," says Forbes. Consumer Guide reports the system "takes considerable time to muster" and New Car Test Drive says that "most of us would prefer something less complicated."
The TT coupe doesn't offer much in the way of interior storage space, but it's still respectable for a small sports car. "With its rear hatch configuration and fold-down rear seats, the coupe's luggage area is both accessible and ample," says Edmunds. With the rear seats folded, cargo capacity increases from 13.1 cubic feet to 25 cubic feet (according to Cars.com) -- space that's "big enough to hold two sets of golf clubs," says the Detroit News. The Washington Times finds room for "enough gear in the rear hatch for long distance travel."
Storage for small items, however, is much less impressive. Consumer Guide calls it "limited" and New Car Test Drive concludes, "Unfortunately, neither the coupe nor the roadster have enough interior storage for small items." Even the glove box disappoints, with the noting, "Whoever designed the rear seat also did the glove box. Other than a set of gloves, an owner's manual and the built-in case for your glasses, little else fits."
The cupholders also draw some criticism. Though they've been redesigned for more functionality, the MSN says the cupholders are placed "too far back on the console for a natural reach."finds them lacking: "The three overlapping rings in the center console were designed so one could hold a 22-ounce cappuccino go-cup, another a can of Red Bull, while the third seems a bit too small and shallow to hold anything securely," the reviewer complains, adding, "Unfortunately, the overlapping layout means the cupholders get in each other's way."