2017 Audi TTS Review
Pros & Cons
- Impeccable cabin design bolstered by impressive level of technology
- More power than you might think from the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine
- Precise handling that makes it easy to maneuver in any situation
- Standard all-wheel drive means it's sure-footed in any kind of weather
- Not many easily accessible storage places to stash a cell phone or wallet
- Limited cargo space so you need to pack light
- Rear seats are better for carrying your bags than they are for people
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Audi TT is already a strong performer in its own right and the TTS adds to it with more power and sharper handling. In terms of engine output and acceleration, the TTS in only marginally slower than the Porsche 718 Cayman and BMW M2. Likewise, the TTS' cornering abilities should allow it to keep up with its rivals on a winding mountain road, Thanks to the selectable suspension modes and standard all-wheel drive, this kind of handling doesn't come at the expense of ride comfort, either.
In the comfort-oriented settings, the highway ride is compliant enough to smooth over the smaller road imperfections and the cabin remains reasonably quiet to reduce fatigue on long trips. With all this in mind, the 2017 Audi TTS represents one of the more refined and civilized choices in the class.
As with other Audi models, the interior of the TTS artfully blends high technology with an understated and minimalist design. Likewise, the materials and build quality are excellent and the diamond-quilted leather seats add a pricey luxury car appearance. In a time when other cars are cluttered with a mass of buttons and readouts, the simplicity of the TTS cockpit is refreshing.
The virtual gauge cluster not only displays vital information, 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.
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.