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2011 Audi TT

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2011 Audi TT Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

Few automotive designs in recent memory have so impacted the enthusiast community as Audi's TT, which first debuted (as a concept) in 1995 and made its way to the U.S. in the 2000 model year. And with its redesign for 2008 the team at Audi didn't mess it up. To be sure, the more organic shape may be slightly less distinctive - and over time what shape isn't? - but they also made it better, with a chassis structure utilizing aluminum and steel, available magnetic ride damping and - as of 2010 - offering the TT exclusively with a quattro drivetrain and the S tronic dual clutch transmission. With persistent rumors that Porsche intends to offer a revival of its storied 356, we'd argue that Audi already has...and called it "TT."

You'll Like This Car If...

If you hope to enjoy both the daily commute and weekend romp (or track day), few will deliver that combination more credibly than Audi's TT. The Coupe gives you 2+2 seating, while the Roadster gives you a still-unique partnership of open-top motoring and chassis rigidity.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the only German you know is "Bayerische Motoren Werke" you'll be happier staying in place with the 3-Series Coupe/Convertible or, if you dare, the newish Z4. And despite the all-season versatility of Audi's quattro drivetrain, those in the Southwest and South don't need it and - in many instances - don't want it.

What's Significant About This Car?

Having simplified the TT lineup in 2010 (dropping the V6, front-wheel drive and manual transmissions), news for '11 is limited to the addition of a high-performance (265 horsepower) TTS, along with a new 2.0 liter TFSI engine in the TT. Beyond that, changes are limited to a new wheel program and modest exterior/interior upgrades.

Driving the TT

Driving Impressions Our first impression of Audi's newest TT was formed while behind the wheel of the Roadster, navigating a winding coastal road near the San Francisco airport. Top was down, sun...

was shining - and a driver in MG's classic TC was approaching in the opposite lane. The juxtaposition of two classic shapes in an environment tailor-made for the driving enthusiast capsulized the appeal of the TT platform. While it may lack the overt communication of Porsche's Boxster, or the evolving nostalgia of BMW's Z4, behind the wheel the TT inspires on any number of levels, and through any number of seasons. Add the beauty of S tronic shifting (or not) and you have a great weekday device or terrific weekend tool.

All-wheel Drive
The TT's standard all-wheel drive elevates it above any other vehicle in its segment. And while the perception of all-wheel drive suggests it adds more value in New England or the Rockies, the reality is that it enhances the driving experience virtually anywhere. Audi and quattro are - at this point - almost synonymous, and as one of Audi's two halo vehicles, its addition as standard equipment is completely appropriate.

S Tronic Transmission
While wishing that Audi had retained the option of a conventional manual trans, there's no argument with the attractiveness of S Tronic. If you want to casually shuffle around town, stick it in full automatic mode and just go. And if you're on your favorite stretch of winding road, opt for manual shifting and just GO! All of this duality, and a 10 percent increase in fuel efficiency when compared to a conventional 5-speed automatic.

2011 Audi TT Details
Interior

The original TT interior was a compelling combo of arresting shapes, quality materials and nostalgic textures. One of its details would propel you into the next century, while some nuance - particularly the textured surface above the centerstack - might recall a World War II fighter. The second gen may have muted (ever so slightly) that original impression, but most of the design cues remain intact, although placed in a more spacious environment. The 2+2 aspect of the Coupe is restricted to small children or - more likely - a weekend's worth of luggage. In the Roadster, there's no +2 option, but its rear shelf does provide room for soft luggage, computer bag and sunscreen. Expressive interior colors allow a TT prospect to build one's very own designer edition.

Exterior

As this is written New York's Museum of Modern Art has but two automobiles on permanent display; we'd argue that Audi's original TT should be the third. And the attractiveness of the second gen is two-fold: Its outer beauty can be readily seen, and it enjoys the inner beauty of a lightened and more rigid structure. The Audi Space Frame utilized in the Coupe and Roadster allows the TT to be both larger and lighter, providing more generous interior room without spoiling the original's visual balance. And regardless of which wheel/tire package you opt for (18-inch is standard spec/19-inch is available), the car sits planted on its chassis - and the chassis remains planted in a corner.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard quattro makes the TT the only all-wheel-drive sports car in its class. And building a TT to your own specifications is made easy with a simple spec - virtually everything you need to enjoy the car is in the TT's Premium Plus trim: Sirius Satellite Radio, power front seats with adjustable lumbar, and shift paddles affixed to the race-inspired steering wheel. Opt for the TTS and you'll enjoy 265 horsepower in combination with a combined EPA rating of 24 miles per gallon.

Optional Equipment

The Prestige bumps the TT's base price by some $6K, while adding navigation, fine Nappa leather sport seats, HomeLink, a Bose premium sound system, along with a host of comfort/convenience amenities. For those parked - or parking - it would seem to be a valuable add. For those with a greater interest in driving, we'd save that $6K for gas, food and lodging. And if driving, the available magnetic damping (standard on TTS - $1,900 option on TT) provides Comfort and Sport settings, both determined by your mood and the road's surface. The Baseball Optic interior is dramatic - and adds an additional $2K to the window sticker. Batter up!

Under the Hood

Under the hood you have your choice of one of the most recognized powerplants available, or - even better - a higher horsepower variant of one of the most recognized powerplants available. New for 2011 is an enhanced variant of Audi's venerable (and undersquare) 2.0 liter turbo, with direct injection, Audi's Valvelift system, 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The TTS ups the ante with the same torque figure and 265 horsepower. The standard TT drivetrain will propel you from 0-60 in under six seconds; the TTS will achieve the same figure in under five! Both engines deliver identical EPA ratings: 21 city/29 hwy/24 combined.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 4300-6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-4200 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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2011 Audi TT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 51 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

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."

14 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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."

30 people out of 56 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."

23 people out of 40 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."

8 people out of 13 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 11 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."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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