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2012 Audi TT

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2012 Audi TT Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

One-of-a-kind styling, stirring driving performance and solid craftsmanship are the hallmarks of a respectable luxury sports car, and the 2012 Audi TT possesses these qualities in a marked degree. The TT's 2012 roster features standard all-wheel drive for every trim level as well as a new high-performance TT RS model, which boasts a 360-horsepower turbocharged engine, improved aerodynamics and distinctive design cues. While the Audi TT Coupe, Roadster and more stirring TTS toe the fine line between sport and luxury, competitors like the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and the Porsche Cayman tend to offer a more focused approach. With such a broad mixture of capability, style and performance, the 2012 Audi TT ranks among the most versatile luxury sports cars ever assembled.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're on the hunt for a 2+2 coupe or a 2-seat roadster, chances are your ideal pick delivers a wholesome dose of performance, style and fun. In the Audi TT, you'll find equal measures of all three, plus the multi-seasonal security of Quattro all-wheel-drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Enthusiasts who value involving dynamics and visceral feedback over refined athleticism will find the Porsche Cayman or Boxster more accommodating to their particular requirements.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the range-topping TT RS is added to the lineup along with a handful of feature content revisions.

Driving the TT

Driving Impressions Our first impression of Audi's latest 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. It may lack the overt communication of Porsche's Boxster or the evolving nostalgia of BMW's Z4, but behind the wheel, the TT inspires on any number of levels, and through any number of seasons. Add the crisp gear changes of standard dual-clutch transmission and you have a capable weekday tool and a potent weekend toy.

POWER RETRACTABLE SOFT TOP
Concerns regarding a conventional soft top's inability to maintain acceptable interior noise levels have convinced some carmakers to substitute cloth roofs for heavier, more robust hardtop systems. The Audi TT's triple layer soft top suppresses wind noise like a hard top, yet without the added weight.

S TRONIC DUAL-CLUTCH AUTOMATIC GEARBOX
In congested city traffic, it's a smooth-shifting automatic. On the track, it's a swift-shifting, pedal-free manual gearbox. The standard S tronic transmission is another example of the Audi TT's remarkable ability to adapt to a variety of driving situations.

2012 Audi TT Details
Interior

Whether you step inside the 4-passenger Coupe or the 2-seat Roadster, the 2012 Audi TT's cabin is beautifully built and elegantly designed. The flat-bottomed steering wheel and driver-intensive dashboard project a sporty feel, while the Coupe's hatchback design provides a high level of practicality and adequate cargo space. Moreover, the TT Coupe's rear seat folds flat for extra luggage room, but its passenger carrying ability is best suited for small children or professional contortionists. Most of the TT's controls are straightforward and intuitive, though the optional navigation system's dash-mounted control dial feels ergonomically incorrect.

Exterior
2012 Audi TT photo

While some might compare its shape to an overturned bathtub, there's no denying that the Audi TT's innovative design makes a striking visual statement. To help maintain the Roadster's sleek appearance, the multi-layer soft top folds flat into the rear shelf. Generous use of aluminum helps reduce overall weight and increase structural rigidity, which yields improvements in both handling and safety. S and RS models receive unique bodywork and standard 19-inch alloy wheels, while all models benefit from Audi's signature LED daytime running lights and a rear spoiler that automatically retracts and extends when supplemental downforce is necessary.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Audi's renowned Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard issue on every 2012 TT model, a key distinguishing feature in a class predominantly occupied by rear-wheel-drive sports cars. Additional standard equipment includes a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with integrated paddle shifters, 10-way power front seats with pseudo-suede inserts and a 9-speaker audio system. Surprisingly, a basic USB port with iPod connectivity requires the optional MMI Navigation system. Passenger protection is comprised of six airbags, Audi's backguard seats, which are designed to reduce the severity of whiplash-related injuries, and hill-hold assist to keep the TT from rolling backwards on an incline when switching from the brake to the accelerator.

Optional Equipment

The top-level Prestige trim bumps the Audi TT's base price by some $6K, but it includes body-hugging sport seats, a Bose premium sound system, navigation, and a host of additional comfort and convenience amenities. If you dread the characteristically harsh ride of traditional sport-tuned suspension setups, we suggest you opt for the TT's available magnetic ride system, which automatically adjusts suspension damping based on road conditions and driving style. Finally, those looking to add a touch of exclusivity to their TT will appreciate the available Baseball Optic package, which lines the cabin with premium leather and seam stitches resembling those of a baseball glove. Batter up!

Under the Hood

Under the hood, you have your choice between two torque-rich inline-4 powerplants or a new, low-displacement 5-cylinder engine that whips out a staggering 360 horsepower. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission available for the TT RS, though TT and TTS models send power to the wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. And despite its lack of catchy consonants, the standard TT model will propel you from 0-60 in well under six seconds.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
211 horsepower @ 4,300-6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
265 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg

2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5
360 horsepower @ 5,500-6,700 rpm
343 lb-ft of torque @ 1,650-5,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg

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2012 Audi TT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • 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."

18 people out of 36 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."

19 people out of 33 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 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."

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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