By Keith Buglewicz
KBB Expert Rating: 7.5
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.Exterior
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.
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.
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
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.
By atmac on Monday, November 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
37 people out of 74 found this review helpful
By Autoloco on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
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."
18 people out of 34 found this review helpful
By RICK on Saturday, July 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
33 people out of 65 found this review helpful