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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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 57 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

maintenance nightmare

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,276

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good looking and 4 seater sports car"

Cons: "extremely expensive"

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

"Always seems to have a service light on. I have spent $10,000 in 40,000 miles with nothing major. I bought a certified used car and nothing was covered at the dealership."

15 people out of 31 found this review helpful

The fastest, yet almost indestructible coupe ever!

By on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

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: "Fun, Ride Stability, Design, Value"

Cons: "Even w/ Adj. Ride Ctrl, some think it's too harsh."

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

"Audi, long known for its design and quality has continued that reputation with the TTS Coupe. I have owned several sport coupes from quite a few different manufacturers, but I have never owned an automobile that comes close to the quality of the Audi TTS. My 2010 TTS has a "Launch Control" feature (rarely found on cars back in 2010) that allows you to keep your foot on the brake and also on the gas pedal and the car revs up to exactly 3600 RPMs until you release the brake pedal- then hold on because all four wheels are going to propel you to 60 miles an hour in 4.8 seconds; while most other are trying to get traction to get their cars moving, you're halfway there! That's just some of the fun part about the car. The more serious side of the car is that it's very stable, due to its ability to brake and power each of the four wheels independently. It design remains constant. It takes a keen eye to tell the difference between a 2010 and a 2015 TTS, which is one of the reasons why they hold their value so well."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Have really enjoyed.

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Had engine chipped. Really enjoy the looks. Paint looks great after 9 years, better than my 2014 MB. Can get out of town with two full sets of golf clubs and luggage for two. Very good seats, great road car. Likes to run. Second TT, Audi is a great car. Waiting for 2016."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

fun, reliable,

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"more comfortable than similar 2 seaters without giving up the fun. very functional controls Audi is excellent dealership and very supportive of their cars"

23 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Whew - breathtaking dynamics and aural joy.

By on Monday, November 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

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
9/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"This is a car that begs to be driven hard. The sound as the engine spools and the incredible acceleration from any starting speed are amazing. I've driven S4's and Mustangs for decades, but they simply don't compare. Be prepared to twist a bit getting in and out of the car in SoCal parking lots though."

51 people out of 90 found this review helpful

Great fun in the sun!

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Hard to find a neater car for the money."

Cons: "Those annoying glitches."

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

"I bought this car used to serve as a second car, something to drive mainly for the fun factor. It delivers that in abundance, even for a 75+ geezer. My only hesitation was the car's reputation for electronic "gremlins," and unfortunately have experienced a couple in my first five months of ownership. So far, the emissions light has come on unexplainedly and the top refused to close. In both cases, a simple computer reboot solved the problems, but the cost and inconvenience make such things troubling."

23 people out of 44 found this review helpful

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