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2008 Audi TT

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2008 Audi TT Review

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When it first hit the streets for the 2000 model year, the radically styled Audi TT — sleek and bulbous and minimalist at once — left not a single head unturned in its wake. Eight years and a truckload of design awards later, that car has earned for itself a place in automotive history. While it would be unrealistic to expect the same kind of visual impact from its follow-up, Audi has delivered a car that's even more exciting than the first. The front- or all-wheel-drive TT competes on varying levels with the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, all of which are rear-wheel-drive cars.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a two-seat roadster or a 2+2 coupe, you're probably looking for some combination of style, comfort and fun. In the TT you'll find equally lofty levels of the three.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If rear-wheel drive is the only way to go as far as you're concerned, or if you're looking for something to take to the track, pony up for the mid-engine, rear-drive, beautifully balanced Porsche Boxster or Cayman and be done with it.

What's Significant About This Car?

Compared with its revolutionary predecessor, the all-new TT is bigger but lighter, more powerful but more efficient, more comfortable but more fun and somehow even more lust-worthy than the original.

Driving the TT

Driving Impressions The 2008 Audi TT is the most well-rounded car in its segment. On winding roads with little traffic, both the coupe and convertible models are capable of coaxing grins as...

big as those flashed from any driver's seat. It reacts instantly to steering input and then holds the road with a firm grip and minimal lean. Especially given its lower sticker price and notably better mileage, we actually prefer the lighter feel of the four-cylinder/front-drive combination than that of the heavier V6/all-wheel drive pairing. The impressive athletic ability of every TT is balanced by a surprisingly comfortable, downright pleasant highway ride. The action of the manual transmission selector is fine, but the more time we spend with the automaker's wonderful dual-clutch transmission, the more archaic the old pedal-and-lever system feels.

S tronic Transmission
In stop-and-go traffic it's a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. On your favorite road or track it's a quick-shifting, no-pedal manual. Audi's S tronic dual-clutch transmission (the same transmission cousin Volkswagen calls DSG) is truly revolutionary.

Magnetic Ride Suspension
The Audi magnetic ride system is built around strut fluid containing tiny magnetic particles. By applying electricity to those particles, the fluid becomes thicker and the suspension becomes stiffer. When traffic is light and your right foot is heavy, the TT gets more athletic at the push of a button.

2008 Audi TT Details
2008 Audi TT photo Interior

Whether or not you notice the new model's increased dimensions from the outside, you'll surely appreciate them inside. Contemporary design, premium materials and a wide array of color choices combine in a passenger cabin that furthers Audi's reputation for producing standout interiors. Base models feature sport seats covered in a combination of leather and suede-like Alcantara, brushed aluminum trim and a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel that provides a touch more leg clearance on entry and exit, but mostly just looks cool.

Exterior
2008 Audi TT photo

The second-generation TT doesn't pack the visual impact of the original, but that's a common plight with sequels. It's no less stylish, though, with crisper lines and the brand's trapezoidal grille sending out a decidedly more contemporary vibe. Even though the TT has grown 5.4 inches in length and 3.1 inches in width, it's actually a tad lighter than its predecessor, thanks to a generous use of aluminum construction. It's also significantly stiffer, which fosters improvements in both ride and handling. Standard exterior equipment includes attractive 17-inch wheels and a retractable rear spoiler that extends automatically at 74 miles per hour.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Base model TTs feature Alcantara/leather sport seats, automatic climate control and an AM/FM sound system. For a CD player, power seats and other items, you'll have to pay extra. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control plus front and front-side airbags.

Optional Equipment

Some of the TTs more significant options include an Audi magnetic ride dual-mode suspension system, backup sensors, navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod integration, Bi-Xenon Adaptive Headlights and, on S tronic-equipped models, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Under the Hood

With 250 horsepower, quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of six-speed manual or revolutionary dual-clutch manu-matic transmissions, a V6-equipped TT is one powerful, stable, tossable fun machine. Still, the front-end weight savings, lower price and 30-percent better mileage make the 2.0T models — available exclusively with the dual-clutch gearbox and front-wheel drive — the version we'd recommend for most. Both the 2.0T and 3.2 quattro models offer the Audi magnetic ride system that produces a noticeably firmer suspension at the push of a button.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31

3.2-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (manual), 18/24 (S tronic)

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2008 Audi TT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

BEST BUILT VEHICLE I HAVE EVER OWNED.

By on Saturday, July 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "QUALITY IN ALL AREAS, GREAT FOR FAST HARD DRIVING."

Cons: "WOULD LIKE TO SELECT A SOFTER RIDE FOR LONG TRIPS."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"MY 2010 AUDI TTS HAS MORE STAMINA THAN ANY OTHER VEHICLE EITHER I OR MY PARTNER HAVE EVER OWNED AND WE HAVE OWNED QUITE A FEW VEHICLES IN OUR COMBINED 80 YEARS-(BOTH IMPORTED AND MADE IN USA). FIT AND FINISH WILL COMPARE TO ALMOST ANY OTHER VEHICLE MADE AND WHEN I LOOKED UNDER THE HOOD AND SAW THE METICULAS DETAIL ON EVERY CONNECTION AND ATTACHMENT; I WAS SOLD. I AM ALSO IMPRESSED WITH THE UNMATCHED CUSTOMER SUPPORT THAT I HAVE RECEIVED AS AN OWNER."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Updated review from September of 2009.

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A fun to drive vehicle, economical and rare."

Cons: "Trunk in the roadster could have a bit more room."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Photographed at Town Center, Weston, Florida

"Had 40,000 miles on my "TT-R" the last time I wrote a review. I have more than tripled that number... 125,000 miles... and have accolades on many different aspects of the vehicle. If you read my first review, you will know that I modified the car almost as soon as I got it. The only problem I had was a faulty cam follower that cost me big time to fix. There was a technical service bulletin issued for it being faulty, but the dealership decided the would pay for labor and I would pay for the parts, in the end. I have absolutely no complaints about the automobile. It has served me fine, and I will own it outright in about 16 months. I recommend the TT to anyone who wants to set themselves apart from ubiquitous BMW's, Lexuses, Mercedes and the like. It still has a fine road presence and the styling is aging well. I am having a 25 point service tomorrow, and expect to find everything is fine. I am taking my wife on a small road trip to Estero beach, on the west coast of Florida. I Looked into my meteorological crystal ball and found the weather should be perfect... cool mornings and balmy, not-too-hot days. I Hope I can write another review somewhere down the road... say, at 250,000 miles, since I am going to keep the car and take it with me to the grave... LOL."

17 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Photographed at Town Center, Weston, Florida

2nd TT. 2008, Keeping for a while.

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive especially in hills. Highway keeps up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have enjoyed looks and performance. Had car chipped for performance. Too much for FWD. Great road car. Plenty of room for 2 sets of golf clubs and luggage for week for 2. Mileage in low 30 at high way speeds(fast or very fast.)Paint better than new MB. Will keep."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great Car for Highway Driving

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've had my TT since August 2013. I mostly do highway driving. It really holds the road on the highway. For city driving, I feel all the bumps which can be annoying at times. Overall, very nice car and fun to drive! I get lots of looks and positive comments about the exterior. My TT is white--love the color! It has nice front seats that are comfortable. Im short (5'3"), but if your tall, the car can be difficult getting in and out of. I keep the back seats down flat. I use this space for my puppies to travel. Works out well."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I love this car, it has been a joy to own & drive.

By on Thursday, January 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price and fun to drive."

Cons: "After 5 years saggy leather drivers seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I would recommend this car to anyone that enjoys driving a sports car...the convertible is great. This is my second TT...I have enjoyed both of them, but the 2008 is an automatic making it a much better city car. If you want a sports car and can't afford a Porsche, the Audi TT is the car for you...very affordable."

Great car all around, but ...

By on Sunday, April 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,164

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Awesome road holding!"

Cons: "Just a few listed in the review."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"It's absolutely a great car. I owned a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S before, and the roadholding of this quattro is just as good (for half the price!) and it's like glue on the road. After test driving both the 2.0 turbo and the 3.2 6-cyl, I opted for the latter. (I didn't like the turbo lag of the former.) We don't drive much here in Hawaii, so the lower gas mileage was not a concern. Here comes the "but" section: the rear seats are totally useless. In fact, I have them folded down most of the time. Like with every sports car, don't expect a very comfortable ride, you will feel every bump on the road. It took some time to get used to getting out of the car without bumping my head on the door frame, but the interior is luxurious."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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