2010 Audi TT

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2010 Audi TT Review


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. In 2008, Audi remade its iconic TT, building on the key design elements of the original while greatly improving the car's performance attributes. Although it would be unrealistic to expect the same kind of visual impact from a follow-up, with its second-generation TT, Audi has delivered a car that's even more exciting than the first. The all-wheel-drive TT, and high-performance counterpart TTS, 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 and offer manual transmissions.

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 New for 2010

Audi as greatly simplified the TT lineup this year, dropping the V6 model as well as the front-drive and manual transmission offerings.

Driving the TT
Driving Impressions

The 2010 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 quattro model over the heavier discontinued V6 version. The impressive athletic ability of every TT is balanced by a surprisingly comfortable, downright pleasant highway ride. 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.

2010 Audi TT Details

The 2010 TT may be a two-seater, but that doesn't mean it has a cramped cockpit. 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. Audi offers a number of minor interior upgrades for 2010, including a Baseball Optic seats in black leather. 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.

2010 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. The 2010 TT is wider and longer than the original TT, adding some 5.4 inches in length and 3.1 inches in width. A generous use of aluminum construction helps cut down unwanted weight and adds to the vehicle's stiff chassis, 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/CD sound system with auxiliary audio input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The S tronic auto/manual transmission is now standard on all models and includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. For power seats, navigation and other items, you'll have to pay extra. The TTS adds a more powerful turbo engine, xenon headlamps, sport seats and steering wheel and Bose audio. 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 (standard on TTS), backup sensors, navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and Bi-xenon Adaptive Headlights.

Under the Hood

In the TT, Audi offers two variations of its award-winning 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Base models are powered by a smooth and surprisingly fuel-efficient 200-horsepower 2.0-liter engine that, though turbocharged, exhibits none of the lag or hesitation so commonly attributed to such engines. The more sporting TTS trim boosts horsepower to 265 and promises a zero-to-60 time under five seconds. Audi's magnetic ride system that produces a noticeably firmer suspension at the push of a button is standard on the TTS and available on the TT.

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: 21/29

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
265 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-5500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29

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