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2019 Audi TT RS

What’s new

  • Mildly redesigned front and rear bodywork
  • Wireless phone charging, Audi's Phone Box, now available
  • Part of the third Audi TT generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Snarling, powerful turbocharged five-cylinder engine
  • Inspiring handling from the adaptive suspension and all-wheel drive
  • Lots of easy-to-use high-tech features
  • Thoroughly modern and refined interior
  • Rear seats better suited for cargo than passengers
  • Lackluster interior storage
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2019
Audi TT RS for Sale
MSRP
$66,900
MSRP Starting at
$66,900
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$72,572
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$72,572

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MSRP
$66,900
MSRP Starting at
$66,900
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$72,572
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$72,572

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Select your model:
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Which TT RS does Edmunds recommend?

The TT RS is a stand-alone model in the TT lineup, so there aren't any trim levels to choose from. We do, however, recommend the optional Technology package that adds smartphone integration and a 12-speaker premium sound system.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.5 / 10

The 2019 Audi TT RS is the most hardcore version of Audi's everyday sport's car, the TT. The TT RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that makes 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque; that's a thumping 166 hp more than what the regular Audi TT's four-cylinder engine puts out. The RS' engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. That combo of drivetrain components, along with the TT RS' scant dimensions, means acceleration is incredibly quick. During Edmunds testing, it blasted from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

Mildy refreshed for 2019, the TT RS gets some tweaks to the front and rear fascia, as well as additional tech on the inside, including wireless smartphone charging. Otherwise, Audi has left this excellent sports car alone — and we're thankful for that. The 2019 Audi TT RS continues to be one of the most thrilling cars in its class, capable of taking on all kinds of daunting rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

2019 Audi TT RS models

The 2019 Audi TT RS is a four-seat high-performance variant of the standard TT coupe. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder (394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque). It drives all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Standard features include 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, heated and power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive suspension dampers, selectable drive modes, and keyless entry and ignition.

On the inside, you get automatic climate control, a virtual instrument panel, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front sport seats, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Audi's MMI infotainment system, and a nine-speaker sound system with satellite/HD radio and a USB input.

Major options include the Technology package (a Wi-Fi hotspot, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, wireless smartphone charging and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system) and the Dynamic package (20-inch forged wheels, sport exhaust, red brake calipers). Stand-alone options include a fixed sport suspension, OLED taillights and an electronically controlled rear spoiler.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Audi TT RS Quattro Coupe (turbo 2.5L inline-5 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD).

Scorecard

Overall7.5 / 10
Driving8.5
Comfort6.5
Interior8.0
Utility6.0
Technology7.5

Driving

8.5
The TT RS has explosive power and sticks to the pavement with considerable cornering grip and abundant traction. Despite the computer-controlled all-wheel drive and automatic gearbox, it's involving and capable, if not quite as sublime as a Porsche Cayman S.

Acceleration

9.0
There's a slight delay off the line in everyday driving. After that, acceleration is linear and strong, with quick and smooth gear changes. It hits 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds in our testing, which is quicker than the Porsche Cayman S and the BMW M2 we tested (with manual transmissions).

Braking

8.0
The pedal is moderately firm, and we observed no brake fade after heavy use. Under hard braking, the car remains poised and controllable. Stopping from 60 mph required 105 feet, a very short distance that is typical among sports cars equipped with summer tires.

Steering

8.0
The steering is very precise, and the amount of effort is appropriate for a small sporty car like this one. The steering ratio feels quick, and it responds crisply to subtle driver inputs. Yet on straight highway stretches, it doesn't require the driver to be ever vigilant.

Handling

8.5
This car slices through turns with precision and little drama, which inspires confidence. The car can rotate slightly midcorner, and it's very controllable. It's sharp and stable yet willing to change direction, if not quite as playful as the benchmark Cayman.

Drivability

8.0
In Comfort mode, the gear changes are so smooth that they're rarely felt. Despite its performance capability, the TT RS is quite civilized in everyday driving and maneuverable in tight spaces.

Comfort

6.5
Sports cars generally sacrifice comfort for performance. The TT RS makes more sacrifice than usual due to an abundance of road noise and a stiff-legged ride quality with the optional fixed dampers. The front seats, though, are both supportive and comfortable.

Seat comfort

7.5
The front seats have a good balance between lateral support when cornering and long-distance comfort. The extendable thigh supports are especially helpful for taller passengers. The leather upholstery can feel sweaty, even in mild weather. Ventilated seats are not available.

Ride comfort

6.0
The ride is rather stiff, with harsh jolts on initial impact with bumps and considerable jostling over undulations. Our test vehicle came with the Dynamic Plus package that replaces the adaptive suspension with fixed-rate damping. It's possible the standard suspension would have a more compliant ride.

Noise & vibration

5.5
You hear a lot of road noise in TT RS on nearly every surface. On coarse asphalt, it's intrusive enough to drown out the stereo. We expect some road noise from sporty cars but not this much. The engine's loud but full of character, and the dual-tone exhaust sounds great, especially in Dynamic mode.

Climate control

6.5
The climate controls look cool and modern, but directing the flow isn't as intuitive as it is with traditional vents. On cold mornings, it takes a while for the system to warm up. On hot days, it blows very cold air almost immediately.

Interior

8.0
Audi's minimal yet functional interior design is impressive. While an intimate space, the cabin is no chore to get into or out of, and the driving position is darn near perfect. The extended Virtual Cockpit instrument panel is clear and presents information logically.

Ease of use

8.0
The virtual instrument panel replaces all other readouts, including the typical center-mounted infotainment display. It takes a short while to get used to but is easy to operate after that. The primary controls and steering wheel buttons are well placed.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
You have to stoop a bit to clear the low roofline, but as far as sports cars go, the TT RS is easy to get in and out of. The narrow sill and large opening between the dash and seat give you plenty of access. No contortions required.

Driving position

9.0
There aren't a lot of adjustments to the seat, but there's enough range to suit drivers large and small. With ample reach and tilt for the steering wheel, we found our preferred driving position almost immediately.

Roominess

6.5
The cockpit feels rather snug but by no means confining. Taller front passengers will have enough space to remain comfortable. The rear seats, however, are so small that you're better off thinking of the TT as a two-seater.

Visibility

9.0
This is one of the best sports cars when it comes to outward visibility. The roof pillars are situated farther away than they are in some competitors, creating less of an obstruction when the car's going through a sharp left curve. The rear glass offers a very good view, requiring little reliance on the rearview camera.

Quality

9.0
Everything inside the TT RS has a substantial build quality with excellent materials. It's quite a bit nicer than the BMW M2's interior and comparable to the Porsche Cayman's. Its design, layout and execution make passengers feel special.

Utility

6.0
It's a small sports car, which means you can't expect much in the way of convenience or utility. The trunk is shallow yet easy to access, and cabin storage is limited. It's not ideal for use with a car seat.

Small-item storage

6.0
There aren't a lot of places to stash your personal effects. You're limited to one tiny cupholder that can't hold a smartphone, a bin in the center stack with a USB port, and small pockets under the armrest and in the doors. A secondary flip-down cupholder is under the armrest.

Cargo space

6.5
With 12 cubic feet of cargo space, the shallow trunk at least has a low liftover height. And the load floor lies flat when the rear seats are folded.

Child safety seat accommodation

5.0
Small cars like this generally aren't family-friendly — no surprise. You can probably get a booster seat in the rear seats or maybe a forward-facing infant seat. A rear-facing seat seems improbable. With the obstructed access, trying to get a kid back there would also be a challenge.

Technology

7.5
Audi's multimedia system handles many functions and can take a little time to get used to. But the system is reasonably intuitive to operate. Native voice controls work well. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone compatibility is offered but isn't ideal to use with the MMI knob. There are few driver aids.

Smartphone integration

7.0
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered, and in some cases, easier to use than the already strong MMI system. But using the infotainment controllers to operate Apple CarPlay isn't as easy as a touchscreen and can be a bit more distracting as a result.

Driver aids

6.0
The TT RS does not have much in the way of advanced safety features. Blind-spot monitoring is pretty much all that's available. The cruise control gets points for maintaining speed on steep downhill grades.

Voice control

7.5
Voice recognition in Audi's MMI system is accurate and fairly easy to use thanks to on-screen prompts. It's not as easy as Apple CarPlay, which allows for much more natural speech but also requires an internet connection.

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 2 total reviews

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    5 out of 5 stars, the last one
    ken vitale,
    quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM)

    great car, they don't make them anymore and mine is one of the last

    5 out of 5 stars, Unique gem of a car.
    Joesph,
    quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM)

    Super hard to find and rare. You can get them in almost any color from Audi via exclusive colors. 5 cylinder all wheel drive is great for daily driving in all weather and small foot print makes urban parking a breeze. I’m 6ft and have plenty of legroom. Previous post is incorrect, they are still being made and you can get one for the next couple of years. This is, however, the last generation for the TT.

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    Features & Specs

    quattro 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    quattro 2dr Coupe AWD
    2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM
    MSRP$66,900
    MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower394 hp @ 5850 rpm
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    See all 2019 Audi TT RS features & specs

    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite TT RS safety features:

    Audi Side Assist
    Informs you if there are vehicles in your blind spot and audibly warns you if you attempt to change lanes.
    Audi Parking System Plus
    Lets you know how close you are to objects in front of and behind the vehicle when parking.
    Rearview Camera
    Gives you a live visual on what's behind the vehicle when backing into a space.

    Audi TT-RS vs. the competition

    Audi TT-RS vs. Audi TTS

    If the standard Audi TT just isn't exciting enough for you and the TT RS is too rich for your blood, an excellent middle ground is the TTS. The 288-hp TTS is significantly less expensive than the TT RS, yet it comes with the same excellent cabin and many of the same impressive driving characteristics.

    Compare Audi TT-RS & Audi TTS features

    Audi TT-RS vs. BMW M2

    The BMW M2 may be a better choice for the practically minded two-door luxury sports-car buyer. The back seat is significantly larger in the BMW than in the Audi (the M2 has about 4 inches of additional legroom in the rear) and the M2 starts at a lower price than the TT RS.

    Compare Audi TT-RS & BMW M2 features

    Audi TT-RS vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

    One of the TT RS' strongest competitors is the Porsche 718 Cayman S. With 350 horsepower, excellent handling dynamics and top-notch Porsche build quality, the Cayman S has quite a bit to offer. The Porsche only offers two seats, but the Audi's back seats are so small, we wouldn't plan on using them on a regular basis anyway.

    Compare Audi TT-RS & Porsche 718 Cayman features

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    2019 Audi TT RS First Look

    More Style, Same Crazy

    Kurt Niebuhr by Kurt Niebuhr , Vehicle Test EditorApril 11th, 2019

    Audi has refreshed the TT RS for 2019, but the descriptions of styling tweaks, upgraded technology, and different packages and trims can wait. The most important thing you need to know about the 2019 Audi TT RS is that the manic, unique and completely mental 394-horsepower turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine will remain. Whew. Now that we got that out of the way, we can talk about the new stuff on the TT RS.

    So It Looks Different?

    You might have to be a bit of an Audi bore to tell the 2018 model from the 2019 model, but there are a few more noticeable differences. Starting at the front, the 2019 TT RS sports a matte black grille with the Quattro script appearing at the bottom in matte titanium paint. Below that is a long front spoiler, which is flanked by more black grilles that house additional radiators for improved cooling. To further distinguish the new model year, a redesigned fixed wing with optional OLED (organic light-emitting diode) taillights is stuck to the rear of the TT RS.

    Audi continues to embrace color, offering three fresh colors: Turbo Blue, Tango Red Metallic and Kyalami Green. That last color is not only named after the famed South African Grand Prix circuit, but it is also positively eye-searing. We love it. New wheel designs are available, too, with optional 20-inch seven-spoke forged wheels offered as part of the Dynamic package that also includes red brake calipers and a sport exhaust system with black tips.

    What About the Inside?

    Wisely, Audi knows when not to fix something that isn't broken and has left the TT's interior alone. Even if space is at a premium, the interior continues to be a refined and thoroughly modern place. The dash remains unexpectedly clean, with the infotainment screen stuffed into the gauge cluster to remove any obstructions from the driver's view of the road.

    For a bit more flair, the RS design package was refreshed and included contrast stitching to the door armrests and center console as well as blue or red accents to the seats, air vents and seat belts. The trick Virtual Cockpit remains, but the TT RS gets Audi's Phone Box, which allows for wireless charging and for compatible phones to use the car's antenna to boost signal strength. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.

    Pricing and Release Date

    The refreshed 2019 TT RS will be on display at the New York Auto Show. It might not be a major change for the aging TT. But just its existence, which prolongs the life of Audi's mental five-cylinder motor, is something that should be celebrated by all car enthusiasts. Pricing will start at $67,895, including destination, and it should brighten up Audi showrooms later this spring. Be sure to stay tuned to Edmunds for all of our 2019 New York Auto Show coverage.

    FAQ
    Is the Audi TT RS a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 TT RS both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 TT RS gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) You probably care about Audi TT RS fuel economy, so it's important to know that the TT RS gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the TT RS has 12.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi TT RS. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 Audi TT RS?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Audi TT RS:

    • Mildly redesigned front and rear bodywork
    • Wireless phone charging, Audi's Phone Box, now available
    • Part of the third Audi TT generation introduced for 2016
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    Is the Audi TT RS reliable?
    To determine whether the Audi TT RS is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the TT RS. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the TT RS's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 Audi TT RS a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Audi TT RS is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 TT RS and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 TT RS gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 TT RS is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 Audi TT RS?

    The least-expensive 2019 Audi TT RS is the 2019 Audi TT RS quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $66,900.

    Other versions include:

    • quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $66,900
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    What are the different models of Audi TT RS?
    If you're interested in the Audi TT RS, the next question is, which TT RS model is right for you? TT RS variants include quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM). For a full list of TT RS models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Audi TT RS

    2019 Audi TT RS Overview

    The 2019 Audi TT RS is offered in the following submodels: TT RS Coupe. Available styles include quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM).

    What do people think of the 2019 Audi TT RS?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Audi TT RS and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 TT RS 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 TT RS.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Audi TT RS and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 TT RS featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2019 Audi TT RS?
    2019 Audi TT RS quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM)

    The 2019 Audi TT RS quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $76,490. The average price paid for a new 2019 Audi TT RS quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $3,868 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2019 Audi TT RS quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) is 5.1% below the MSRP.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2019 Audi TT RS?

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