Audi TT RS review - Interior, design and technology
The latest Audi TT models showcase contemporary style and impressive on-board technology
The profile of an Audi TT is pretty unmistakable, and although the latest versions lack some of the original’s unique ‘concept car’ appeal, there’s no doubt the model has matured very well.
Rakish and elegant, the current TT retains a form of the round wheelarches, swoopy pillars and unique rear shoulders that characterised the original, but there’s an added layer of sophistication nowadays. There’s a strong family resemblance to saloon and hatch models too, and that’s one reason why the Audi’s image will always be a bit more ‘mainstream’ compared to the Porsche 718 Cayman, for example.
In TT RS guise, there’s a predictable array of aerodynamic tweaks and upgrades to the exterior, giving the model a visual lift. The honeycomb grille and big lower air intakes, front splitter and rear spoiler all point to the car’s overt performance potential, as do the carbon finish mirrors, twin exhaust tailpipes and big alloys with low profile tyres. There are plenty of ways to customise your TT RS, including a range of nine paint colours that includes the RS-unique Nardo Grey.
Sitting behind the wheel of a TT is a bit of a treat too, as the latest version features a highly appealing dash design that’s tactile and well thought out. It’s also remarkably well screwed together from high quality materials, and with the RS’s extra sporty detailing it really looks the part.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The TT RS benefits from the Audi Virtual Cockpit system that appears across most of the model range. It means you get a 12.3-inch high definition screen instead of a traditional instrument pack, and with features like sat-nav and other vehicle parameters cleverly integrated. For this reason, you don’t need another display cluttering up the centre of the dash like you’ll find in the A3, A4 or A5.
In this review
- 1VerdictFor fast Audi fans, things don’t get much better than the awesomely potent 395bhp TT RS
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe cracking five-cylinder engine makes all the right noises, while the chassis provides plenty of control and grip
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsRunning a TT RS will cost a packet, but if you can’t afford the fuel bills there’s a much cheaper diesel version
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe latest Audi TT models showcase contemporary style and impressive on-board technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThere’s plenty of space for shopping or road trip luggage, but the 2+2 Coupe is not a great family car
- 6Reliability and SafetyVW Group shared engineering should be dependable, and build quality appears flawless