The 2012 Audi TT returns with only minor changes in feature content.
While the 2012 Audi TT might not provide all of the thrills of its rivals, it's still a solid pick thanks to its well-rounded nature.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2012 Audi TT 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.15 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
There are sports cars and there are sporty cars. The 2012 Audi TT falls into the latter category, but that's really not a bad thing. While most sports cars compromise some aspect of their nature in order to deliver high performance, the TT benefits from a philosophy that emphasizes the big picture.
While the small Audi won't be vying for all-out supremacy at the racetrack, it delivers more than enough thrills for the majority of drivers. Acceleration from the 211-horsepower four-cylinder engine will be enough to raise your pulse rate, while the all-wheel-drive handling instills confidence in the curves. In addition, the TT is an easy car to live with, combining good fuel economy and a ride quality that's comfortable enough for daily driving.
As either a 2+2 coupe or two-seat convertible, the TT also broadens its appeal with its distinctive exterior styling, feature-rich content and an impeccably presented interior. The cabin has all the hallmarks that typify the luxury segment, and buyers can ratchet it up even more with available two-tone color schemes. There are also higher-performance TTS and TT RS variants for those who desire all the TT has to offer but yearn for more power.
Our main issue with the TT is that it's priced higher than you might expect. For about the same money as a new TT, the BMW 1 Series delivers superior driver engagement, as do the numerous 3 Series variants, which also benefit from more interior space. One could also consider the latest muscle cars from Detroit (Camaro, Challenger and Mustang), which have gotten surprisingly good the past couple of years. Then again, the TT could be seen as a less expensive yet still stylish alternative to more luxurious sports cars like the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Boxster.
Taking all of this into account, the 2012 Audi TT has the ability to please a wide swath of drivers. It manages to be fun but not frenetic; versatile, but not boring. If style and refinement are near the top of your list, the TT is definitely worth a look.
Performance & mpg
Powering the 2012 Audi TT is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is also standard.
The only transmission available is a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission that works like a traditional automatic or allows manual operation via the shift lever on the center console or shift paddles on the steering wheel.
In Edmunds performance testing, a TT Roadster with the automated manual went from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. That's a reasonable time, but some competing models are certainly quicker. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.
Standard safety features on the 2012 Audi TT include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, side airbags and front knee airbags.
In Edmunds brake testing, a TT Roadster with summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in a short 111 feet.
The 2012 Audi TT's turbocharged four-cylinder makes more than enough power for a daily driver and proves jut energetic enough to have some fun on twisting back roads. The entertainment quotient is further enhanced by the all-wheel-drive system, not to mention the confidence you have while driving on slick pavement. Meanwhile, the S tronic dual-clutch transmission provides gearchanges that are both quick and smooth.
Nevertheless, the little Audi is no match for a BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxster when it comes to performance. The TT's optional adaptive suspension includes adjustable steering effort and a louder exhaust note, improving the TT's capabilities without making the already firm ride unbearable, but we doubt many buyers will feel it's worth the price premium.
As we've come to expect from all Audi models, the 2012 TT features a tastefully designed interior that makes use of top-notch materials. The placement of the navigation system's controller on the dashboard isn't ideal, nor is operation as intuitive as systems offered by other manufacturers, but most other controls are straightforward and within easy reach. The sporty front seats are both comfortable and supportive, although the coupe's rear seats are better suited to trunk overflow than people.
The coupe's rear seats do fold flat, however, expanding the trunk's capacity from an ample 13 cubic feet to a capacious 24 cubes. The two-seat roadster convertible can accommodate only 8.8 cubic feet, but it does feature a pass-through with removable ski bag for longer objects.
The roadster's folding cloth top might seem a bit outdated compared to the slick retractable hardtops that can be found on some of its rivals, but it does retain the TT's clean lines and it folds flat into the rear bodywork. Its multilayer headliner and glass window also manage to keep the cabin quiet and well insulated from the weather.
2012 Audi TT models
The 2012 Audi TT is available as a 2+2 hatchback coupe or a two-seat roadster, both of which come in Premium Plus or Prestige trim levels.
Premium Plus features include 18-inch wheels with summer tires, an automatic rear spoiler, foglights, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, 10-way power front seats, a 50/50 split-folding rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather and faux suede upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The roadster includes a power soft top, a power wind deflector, roll hoops and a cargo pass-through with a removable ski bag.
Opting for the Prestige trim adds rear parking sensors, a dash-mounted MMI electronics controller, upgraded leather upholstery, an interior ambient lighting package, a navigation system with real-time traffic, heated front seats, an upgraded 12-speaker Bose stereo and a six-CD changer. The navigation and heated seats are also offered as an option on the Premium Plus.
Other options include adaptive suspension dampers, different wheels and leather upholstery with baseball-glove-style stitching. The S line package adds 19-inch wheels, unique exterior elements and trim, special upholstery, a sport steering wheel and headlight washers. An iPod interface can be substituted in place of the six-CD changer.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2012 Audi TT.
2008 Audi TT 2.0T 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Bought this car used with 40k miles on her already. Paid as much for it as I could have for a NEW fully equiped GTI which is a similar car since they share the same platform, engine and technology. After almost a year of ownership I don't regret buying the used TT over a new GTI. The exterior and interior styling combined with the lighter weight chasis makes the difference for me. The … only penalty I feel is the cargo space but I have a second car for the days when I need it. Major big plus is that I average 400 miles to a tank and I'm not a light footed driver. I do about 50/50 city, highway driving and I love to get on the throttle as much as possible.
4.88 out of 5 stars
Everything I wanted and expected
2008 Audi TT 3.2 quattro 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
I'm very happy with my decision to purchase this car. I've been looking at it since they came out and have just been waiting for the right price on a used one. The car is quick and handles great. It's very comfortable considering it's size. The interior is roomy for the front passengers. The back seats are fine for really small children for short durations. Bose sound system isn't … horrible,but it could use more bottom end. The only thing my car didn't have was the nav. I mostly wanted it for the display and the SD card readers, but the 6 disc mp3 changer in the dash works well. It displays text unlike the ipod interface. Torque makes driving the manual easier in traffic.
4.63 out of 5 stars
The TT is a good car.
2008 Audi TT 2.0T 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
My previous cars were a 2005 Lotus Elise and a 2000 Boxster S before that. I need a 4 seater for my baby son and the TT was the only car that really interested me short of a 911. Comparatively, the TT is very capable in the real world. Its handling is decent, however the steering a bit light and there's too much understeer in the canyons. Acceleration is decent and brake is excellent. … Storage is adequate. It's a good daily driver car. I did compare payment to a similar spec VW GTi (no interest in it but just doing due diligence) and the TT is about $125 more a month so it's not a bad deal.
5 out of 5 stars
2008 Audi TT 2.0T 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Reliable, fun car to drive all seasons. Last forever with proper maintenance.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2012 Audi TT, so we've included reviews for other years of the TT since its last redesign.
The Used 2012 Audi TT is offered in the following submodels: TT Coupe, TT Convertible. Available styles include 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).
The Used 2012 Audi TT comes with all wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual.
What's a good price on a Used 2012 Audi TT?
Price comparisons for Used 2012 Audi TT trim styles:
The Used 2012 Audi TT 2.0T Premium Plus quattro is priced between $21,990 and$23,590 with odometer readings between 44147 and79401 miles.
The Used 2012 Audi TT 2.0T Premium Plus quattro is priced between $20,590 and$22,590 with odometer readings between 45333 and71279 miles.
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