2017 Audi TT
- Sporty handling instills confidence in any situation
- Standard all-wheel drive gives it all-weather capability
- Performance doesn't sacrifice fuel economy
- Innovative technology that delivers useful information
- Small cargo capacity hurts practicality
- Comically small rear seat in the coupe
- Limited interior storage space
Edmunds' Expert Review
With last year's redesign, the 2017 Audi TT lost much of the cute and quirky style it was known for in the past. Now, it's an edgier, higher-performing and more serious luxury car. With a body that echoes the exotic Audi R8 and a cockpit that is a technological showpiece, the TT coupe and convertible represent one of the most intriguing choices in the class.
The Audi TT's appeal is more than skin-deep, too. The 2.0-liter engine delivers a healthy punch of power and its sharp handling is enhanced with standard all-wheel drive. Thankfully, all of this athleticism doesn't come at the expense of comfort, as it's easy to live with from day to day.
The Edmunds A-Rated Audi TT compares favorably against some tough rivals that include the Porsche Cayman and Boxster models, BMW's 2 Series and the Mercedes-Benz SLC. All of these choices are capable of making the driver feel like they're driving a true luxury car or a serious performance machine. The 2017 Audi TT gets a slight edge for its broader range of both, so we encourage shoppers to add it to their must-consider list.
Standard safety features for all 2017 Audi TT models include traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front knee airbags and front side airbags that protect occupants' heads and abdomens and a rearview camera. The coupe also includes side curtain airbags for additional head protection while the convertible has rollover hoops behind the seats. Optional items include front and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitor.
In Edmunds brake testing, the Audi TT stopped from 60 mph in 103 feet. Although this is the same as a base Porsche Cayman, it is still an extremely short distance for any car.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Audi TT is a compact luxury car that is offered as a four-seat coupe or a two-seat convertible ("Roadster"). Both are available in a single well-appointed trim. Standard features include 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, an auto-deployed rear spoiler, heated power-folding mirrors with auto dimming, keyless entry and ignition and Audi Drive Select adjustable drive settings.
Inside, you get a high-resolution virtual gauge cluster, cruise control, automatic climate control, LED ambient interior lighting, a tilt-and-telescoping sport steering wheel with shift paddles, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather and synthetic-suede upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar), folding rear seatbacks (coupe only), a universal garage door opener, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, Audi's MMI infotainment system, voice controls and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD/DVD player, an SD-card reader, satellite radio, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack.
The TT Roadster adds a power-folding soft top, protective roll hoops, a power wind blocker and a seatbelt-mounted microphone.
The optional Technology package adds a blind-spot monitor, front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and "Audi connect" telematics with online services. The Audi Design Selection package brings upgraded leather upholstery, extended gray leather trim, sport front seats with contrast diamond stitching, different interior inlays and a convertible-only neck-level heating system. If you just want the upgraded leather and sport seats (plus the neck heating vents on the convertible), you can have them via the downsized S Sport Seat package. A new Black Optic package adds 19-inch wheels and black exterior trim elements.
Additional options include all-season tires for the standard 18-inch wheels (at no cost), 19-inch wheels with summer tires and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system that has more than four times the wattage of the standard system.
Powering all 2017 Audi TT models is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automated manual transmission.
In Edmunds performance testing, the TT coupe accelerated to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. This compares favorably against the Porsche Cayman's 5.8 seconds and the BMW 228i's 5.1 seconds.
The EPA rates the TT's fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) in either coupe or roadster form. We averaged 28.8 mpg on the Edmunds evaluation loop.
As with other Audi models, the TT's interior artfully blends high technology with an understated and minimalist design. Likewise, the materials used and build quality is excellent. In a time when other cars are cluttered with a mass of buttons and readouts, the TT's simplicity is refreshing.
The virtual gauge cluster not only displays the speed and other vitals, but also handles audio, navigation and secondary system controls, too. The majority of functions are controlled via the MMI knob mounted on the center console right where your hand normally rests. The system works flawlessly, with quick responses and super sharp graphics that are easy to read at a glance. Some of the menus take some getting used to, but it quickly becomes intuitive. Further enhancing the cockpit's simplicity are the placement of the climate control knobs in the center of the circular vents and the lack of a center infotainment screen.
Its front seats provide plenty of support and cushioning for hours of comfortable touring and there are enough adjustments to ensure that tall and short occupants will find a perfect driving position. The coupe's rear seats are very small and even children may find them too confining. It's best to think of those seats as a secondary cargo area.
Trunk space is adequate with 12 cubic feet of capacity for the coupe. Fitting a golf bag with a driver will likely require folding the rear seats flat, but that isn't unusual for cars in this class. The convertible's capacity of only 7.5 cu-ft may be a deal breaker for some. Interior storage for either body style is also lacking, with only a few small pockets and bins.
Features & Specs
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.
2017 Audi TT Overview
The 2017 Audi TT is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 2.0T quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and 2.0T quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).
What do people think of the 2017 Audi TT?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Audi TT and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 TT 5 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 2017 TT.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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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.
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