New 2014 Mark III Audi TT interior revealed: central monitor ditched

Audi has unveiled the interior of its new Mark III TT sports coupe at CES 2014 and, as with every Audi interior in the last decade, it looks amazing.

There’s the usual Audi touches, including high quality soft-to-the-touch plastic, wonderfully grained leather, and metal highlights that look and feel, well, metallic.

In front of the driver there’s an 12.3-inch high resolution display in lieu of the usual analogue and digital instrument cluster. In classic mode it displays a large tachometer and speedometer flanked by ancillary gauges and displays. In infotainment mode, though, the tacho and speedo shrink, allowing the navigation, entertainment and other screens to take centre stage.

With such a large screen in front of the driver (and a relatively low volume car to experiment with), Audi has felt confident enough to ditch the entertainment and navigation screen that’s usually present in some form in the centre of the dashboard. This not only permits a cleaner and thinner dashboard design, but has also allowed Audi to declutter the cabin of buttons.

The entertainment/navigation screen in front of the driver is controlled via either buttons on the steering wheel, voice recognition or the enlarged MMI scroll wheel/knob in the centre tunnel. Buttons on dash are restricted to a set clustered in or around the air vents for the climate control system, a strip underneath that for various driving functions, a combined volume switch and track rocker ahead of the gear stick, and a few control buttons around the MMI knob.

From an aesthetic point of view and for drivers going solo this simplified layout makes perfect sense, but what if the front seat passenger wants to (or is asked to) change the music or enter an address into the nav system?

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]