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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
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."

21 people out of 42 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."

9 people out of 17 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 27 found this review helpful

fun, reliable,

By on Monday, July 6, 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"

28 people out of 45 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 92 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."

25 people out of 47 found this review helpful

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