Audi TT RS review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
There’s plenty of space for shopping or road trip luggage, but the 2+2 Coupe is not a great family car
Don’t be tempted into buying a TT Coupe on the basis of its 2+2 seating, because the truth is that the back seats are pretty hopeless. As a two-seater, though, it offers a decent level of practicality, and indeed Roadster models lose the back chairs altogether.
The Coupe comes with that steeply sloping roofline, meaning it isn’t great for passengers who do venture into the back, but it does allow for a useful hatchback for dropping shopping bags into the boot. The Roadster version has a more traditional boot lid and although you lose a bit of space to hood storage, it’s not affected whether the roof is raised or open.
The TT cockpit looks lovely, but it’s not a paragon of practicality. You only get a single cup holder between the seats, and there’s a small oddments cubby ahead of the gearlever and narrow door bins.
It’s roomy for occupants up front though, with a wide range of seat adjustment and good leg and headroom. Visibility isn’t bad either, as the latest TT’s have thinner pillars and a bigger windscreen than previously.
Audi has done well to retain the TT’s compact dimensions in the face of ever increasing pressures to succumb to crash test regulations and safety requirements. The latest model is no bigger than the last, and at 4,177mm nose-to-tail it’s usefully shorter than a VW Scirocco or Peugeot RCZ.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
You can get small children into the back of a TT Coupe, thanks to the seatbelts and corresponding ISOFIX mounts. Adults are trickier, and if you do manage to shoehorn one in, it better not be for much more than a run around the block.
The Coupe has a boot volume of 305 litres with the rear seats in place, but fold them down and there’s 712 litres available under the rear tailgate. Thanks to the folding hood and its mechanism boot space in the TT Roadster is limited to 280 litres – but there’s a hatch through to the cabin for loading longer items.
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 technologyThe latest Audi TT models showcase contemporary style and impressive on-board technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThere’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