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The 2017 Audi TTS proves itself once again as a solid option in the performance coupe category. Its cutting-edge technology and faultless interior are just a couple of the reasons why it holds its own against others in its class.
There are a few key differences between the Audi TTS and the standard TT, such as an increase of 72 horsepower and a more sophisticated sport-tuned suspension system with driver-adjustable dampers. Couple that with the standard all-wheel drive and the gorgeous cabin and you can see why many consumers will find themselves choosing this option over its rivals.
Back to that interior: It's one of the most beautiful aspects of the Audi TTS. Materials and build quality are uncompromising and the simplicity of the TTS cockpit means fewer distractions for the driver. An MMI knob mounted on the center console gives you control over the virtual gauge cluster, allowing you to view vital information, audio, navigation and secondary system controls. The system is relatively intuitive, especially once you're used to the menu structure, but it works quickly and flawlessly.
The biggest drawback for this performance coupe is the limited amount of space. There aren't many places to store small items; the rear seats are tiny (cramped even for kids); and a small trunk means you'll have to pack light. If you can overlook the storage issues though, the TTS is absolutely a joy to drive.
Under the hood, the 2017 Audi TTS boasts 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Power goes to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Audi estimates that the TTS coupe will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. That's almost a full second quicker than the standard TT's recorded time during Edmunds testing. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2017 Audi TTS had not been published at the time of this writing, but the 2016 TTS, which is mechanically identical, returns 25 mpg combined (23 city/27 highway). For a performance coupe, these are decent figures.
Standard features for the TTS include 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, automatic LED lights, an automatically deployed rear spoiler, and Audi's MMI infotainment system. Optional packages include the Technology package, which offers features like blind-spot monitors, parking sensors, navigation and smartphone compatibility. The Black Optic package offers such cosmetic upgrades as 20-inch wheels and high-gloss black exterior touches.
With plenty of all-wheel-drive power, great handling and a beautiful cutting-edge interior, the 2017 Audi TTS truly is a solid choice in the performance coupe category. If it's the kind of coupe you want, Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Audi TTS for you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.