With an all-new version coming next year, the 2015 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster is the last chance to buy this generation of this sharp-looking 2-seater.
With impeccable build quality and excellent driving dynamics, and the TT offers year-round driving excitement in an aggressive and luxurious package that's reasonably priced considering the luxury brand. Two 2.0-liter turbocharged engines are available: the TT with 211 horsepower, or the TTS and its 265 horsepower version. Either way, the TT is no slouch, and its quattro all-wheel-drive system helps grip the road in a way competitors like the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Cayman can't match. The Roadster's soft top isn't as convenient as a retractable hardtop, but it weighs less, and takes up less space.
You'll Like This Car If...
If your driving enthusiasm can't be contained to the summer months, then the 2015 Audi TT and its quattro all-wheel drive opens up your options to year-round fun. Throw in dynamic styling, and Audi's magical touch with interior design, and the TT's hard to beat.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Audi TT doesn't have the sharp driving feel of the Porsche Boxster/Cayman twins, and the BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK offer a more refined experience thanks to the added quiet of their hard-top convertible designs.
With an all-new Audi TT waiting in the wings, there are no major changes to the 2015 TT. Already well equipped, with standard all-wheel drive, this is no bad thing.
Driving the TT
The 2015 Audi TT is an ideal driving companion when it's just you and a winding strip of coastal highway.
While the TT may lack the precise steering response of the...
... Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4, we think that all but the most hard-core of drivers will happy to trade a bit of steering precision for the way the TT holds in corners and its stable, smooth ride. No traditional manual transmission is available, but Audi's S tronic dual-clutch automatic left little to complain about. The TT Roadster is quiet with its top up, considering it's not a hardtop like its competitors, but there's no getting around the fact that it'd feel more secure and polished with a retractable hardtop. Regardless, 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 Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? This transmission acts just like any smooth-shifting automatic in congested city traffic. But on the track, it's a swift-shifting, pedal-free manual gearbox.
POWER RETRACTABLE SOFT TOP We get that retractable hardtop systems for convertibles are quieter and more secure. But they're also complicated and heavy, and the Audi TT Roadster's triple-layer soft top does a good job suppressing outside wind and road noise.
2015 Audi TT Details
Whether you choose the 4-passenger Coupe or 2-seat Roadster, the 2015 Audi TT offers a beautifully built and elegantly designed cabin. The flat-bottomed steering wheel and driver-friendly dashboard project a sporty feel. The TT Coupe's rear seat is best suited for very small children or professional contortionists – better to leave it folded flat for extra luggage room, adding an extra layer of practicality. Most of the TT's controls are straightforward and intuitive, though the optional navigation system's dash-mounted control dial is ergonomically off target.
All through its history, the Audi TT's innovative design has been the car's signature feature. Though some might compare its shape to an overturned bathtub, there's no denying it 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. The automatically retracting rear spoiler is designed to help with stability at high speeds, but without spoiling the car's lines when it's sitting still.
Setting it apart from most of its competition is the 2015 Audi TT's standard quattro all-wheel-drive system. Last year, Premium Plus and Prestige trims were dropped in favor of a single, well appointed TT. Standard equipment includes a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with integrated paddle shifters, 10-way power front seats with pseudo-suede inserts and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. A USB port with iPod connectivity requires the optional MMI Navigation system, a sign of this car's overall age in the marketplace. Passenger protection includes six airbags and Audi's backguard seats, which are designed to reduce the severity of whiplash-related injuries.
Options include Audi's navigation system plus, which comes with rear backup sensors and Audi Music Interface (AMI). 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. A Black Optic package is available on the TTS and includes gloss black grille surround, carbon fiber exterior mirror housings and 15-spoke, 19-inch wheels in Titanium finish.
Under the Hood
2015 Audi TT models offer a choice of two turbocharged engines, both powerful, responsive and efficient.
The TT uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 211 horsepower and the TTS has the same basic engine tuned for 265 horsepower. The only transmission is a 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic. All TT's have Audi's quattro all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
Given the 2015 Audi TT's relative rarity, all-weather capability and innate desirability, the base Coupe's starting MSRP of around $42,000 is a decent value, considering the distinctive looks and luxury brand.
If you want more power, the TTS Coupe starts at about $50,000. If drop-top motoring is in your blood, the TT and TTS Roadsters start at about $45,000 and $53,000, respectively. That's still well under a similarly-equipped BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK or Porsche Cayman. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are paying for their 2015 Audi TTs. Projected resale value for the TT is slightly higher than for the Z4 and Boxster, and significantly better than for the SLK after five years of ownership.
"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."
"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."