We won't beat around the bush: We think the Audi TT is one of the best cars in its segment, which is why we gave it an A rating. Handsome, luxurious and electrifying to drive, the TT is a car that owners will look forward to driving every single day.
The Audi TT first burst onto the scene in late 1998 as a slick two-door coupe (and, later, a two-seat roadster) notable for its rounded and almost cutesy Bauhaus-inspired styling. Today's TT is more sporty and purposeful. Redesigned just last year, the new TT has a sporty edge to it, with styling cues that resemble Audi's R8 supercar. Available as a four-seat coupe or a two-seat convertible, the TT is a handsome car outside and in, with a luxurious cabin that practically overflows with new technology. Whatever you call the new TT, don't call it cute.
One of our favorite features of the TT's interior is Audi's Virtual Cockpit instrument panel, a high-resolution full-video screen that can shrink the virtual analog gauges to make space for the Multimedia Interface (MMI) display, with functions controlled by a knob just aft of the shifter. Virtual Cockpit can also show a moving map display with satellite images from Google Earth — very cool.
But what we love most about the TT is the way it drives. The TT is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 220 horsepower and a strong 258 pound-feet of torque. Driving all four wheels via a six-speed automanual transmission, the TT served up a 5.5-second zero-to-60-mph run in Edmunds testing, a figure that compares well against its rivals. EPA fuel economy estimates are 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) for both coupe and roadster models.
The TT Coupe is a reasonably practical car, with 12 cubic feet of cargo space, though fitting in a set of golf clubs will require folding the rear seatback — no big loss as the rear seats are tight and confining, even for small children. The convertible has only 7.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which could be a deal-breaker for potential buyers who like to travel (unless they like to travel to clothing-optional resorts).
That said, a blast out on the open road may well change their mind. Not only is the TT's power delivery quick and linear, but it's brilliant in the turns, practically begging the driver to push harder with every corner. Road noise is noticeable but not intrusive, and it's easy to drown it out by switching the TT to Dynamic mode, which turns up the exhaust noise and quickens the powertrain response. The ride provides a perfect balance between performance and comfort, making the TT a great choice for both sporty driving and leisurely touring — and that's why we love it so.
Both roadster and coupe models are offered in a single trim level with additional features bundled into packages. How should you configure yours? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Audi TT for you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.