KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 8/23/2013
With unique styling, impeccable build quality and thrilling driving dynamics, the 2014 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster offer year-round driving excitement in an affordable package that is both aggressive and luxurious. Although the loss of the high-performance TT RS model may upset some enthusiasts, the TT and TTS remain competent driving machines priced well within reason for most luxury buyers. With a choice of 2.0-liter turbocharged engines producing either 211 (TT) or 265 (TTS) horsepower, the TT is no slouch, plus its quattro all-wheel-drive system helps grip the road in a way the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Cayman can't match. The Roadster's soft top, however, isn't as convenient as having a retractable hardtop, but it isn't as heavy or space hungry, either.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2014 Audi TT is more than just a playful summer toy. Its quattro all-wheel drive delivers year-round driving pleasure in a package that is both eye-catching and inspiring. Audi's magical touch with interior design is on full display inside the TT's cockpit.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Audi TT's overall driving feel isn't as sharp or reflexive as the Porsche Cayman/Boxster twins, and both the BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK offer the security and added quiet of a retractable hardtop.
What's New for 2014
The 360-horsepower TT RS model is no more. To make amends, Audi has added ambient LED interior lighting, the S line exterior treatment package, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system to the TT's standard equipment list. TTS models gain standard adaptive front headlights and heated front seats.
With the top down and the wind in our hair, we piloted our 2014 Audi TT Roadster down a winding strip of prime California costal highway. The TT may lack the precise turn-in found with the Boxster and Z4, but the way it holds in corners and its stable, smooth ride make us think all but the most zealous of drivers will find the trade-off more than acceptable. While we mourn the loss of the traditional manual shifter found on the terminated TT RS, Audi's S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission left little to complain about. Top up, the TT is fairly quiet for a soft-top convertible, but the feeling inside the cockpit isn't as secure or polished as with a retractable hardtop. In short, the TT offers a great ride, great power and great fuel economy. It's a shame you can't comfortably fit two more people in it. Then again, maybe not.
S TRONIC DUAL-CLUTCH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
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 2014 Audi TT's remarkable ability to adapt to a variety of driving situations.
POWER RETRACTABLE SOFT TOP
Concerns about interior noise levels have convinced some carmakers to substitute heavy and complex retractable-hardtop systems for cloth roofs, but the Audi TT Roadster's triple-layer soft top suppresses outside wind and road noise very effectively.
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