In The Cockpit: Audi TT Ultra 2.0 TDI

The new TT is easy of the eyes, and the fuel tank. The  182 hp, diesel-powered TDI Ultra model offers a top speed of 150 mph and can sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds. With all of that, the combined fuel economy is just 67.3 mpg, and produces CO2 emissions of 110g/km.

The TT we drove came equipped with a Quattro all-wheel drive, and a 6-speed manual gearbox.  When required, the turbo is virtually lag-free, and on quiet roads the TDI is smooth and tranquil. Equipped with a set of Michelin winter tires on slick Austrian mountain roads, the TT had no problem maintaining stability through the sweeping curves and keeping itself composed over the thin ice.

On the inside, the driver is offered a large adaptive-lit LCD “Virtual Cockpit” instrument panel. With switchable displays including a host of layouts ranging from, speedo/tacho, full definition navigation map. The LCD is sharp and efficient, whether under intense sunlight, or polarized lenses. Although the display is a bit restricted from passenger view, it makes it difficult for the co-pilot to carry out their music/navi duties.

Air-con vents integrate both air condition and seat warmer controls to save space, on the seemingly empty dashboard. As usual the rear seats in the 2+2 are virtually useless (not made for adult occupation).

With that said, the TT comes up a bit short in terms of the “enthusiast” ranking, but still a very fun car, nonetheless. I give it a 4/5 for what it is.

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