Somehow, I’ve never owned rubber floor mats in my life. Perhaps it’s a function of living in Arizona and Southern California where we don’t get much rain or snow that would warrant needing something so heavy duty, but I always found them to be unnecessary, ugly, and something that looks like it belonged in a Pep Boys store rather than a high-end luxury car like an Audi. In my last B7 S4 I actually threw out my OEM carpeted floor mats and went without any floor mats whatsoever for a while thinking it was a weight savings that might actually help the car go faster, but what I found was that the actual carpet itself started to get worn out and look bad so I opted for some cool carpeted ones with red piping from ECS tuning instead. I know, that was a stupid idea – kids, your floor mats do not weigh enough to make your car any noticeably heavier or slower with them installed. Lesson learned; when I got my TTRS I kept the OEM carpeted mats in place. This worked well, except one glaring issue – the trunk. For starters, there is no carpeted mats in the trunk that you can easily snap out and shake out…and as I find myself doing more and more long distance running, I’d often leave sweaty clothing in the trunk that would make the entire car smell of body odor thanks to the hatchback design that allowed for smells to travel freely from the trunk to the drivers seat – no bueno. Enter the magical device known as a rubber floor mat (or in this case, cargo liner) that I’ve read about all of the people from Northern states swearing by.
The OEM trunk liner made by Audi is part number 8J0 061 180 and can be found for pretty cheap on either Amazon or eBay – surprisingly, cheaper than the aftermarket alternatives which almost never happens when shopping for Audi parts. I picked one up for about $50 which seems to be the going rate, and had it delivered to my door in a few days. Install was pretty easy, just trim a few tabs where the hooks for the cargo net go and drop it in place…voila.
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I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with this thing. For one, my sweaty gym clothes are no longer making contact with carpet and it’s easy to wipe down after I remove them…I’m also slightly less uncomfortable transporting my wife’s cooking, Home Depot runs, and other day-to-day crap that occasionally goes into my car. On top of that, it looks really nice – the embossed TT logo is cool, the fitment is perfect, and it looks like it belongs. It also forced me to clean out my trunk and get it organized so I could take these pictures, which was a good thing…and with over 400 HP in my engine, I don’t feel like it’s slowing me down either 😉
If you’re in the market for a cargo liner for your TT, or even if you’re like I was and didn’t even know you needed one of these things until just now, I suggest you check out the OEM part from Audi. It’s among the cheapest options out there, and I’m not really sure how you could improve upon it given it’s such a simple part. It’ll make keeping your car clean (and smelling good) a lot easier, and also makes transporting cargo a little less worrisome if your’e a neat freak. It’s actually got me thinking about by rubber floor mats for my car, and looking at another set for my wife’s Focus. What are some overlooked or under-rated car accessories you’ve bought and think everyone should have (like floor mats) that they don’t? I’d love to know what else I’m missing after discovering something as simple as a rubber floor mat then wondering how I went so long without them.