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2015 Audi TT Review

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2015 Audi TT Expert Review

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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.

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 7.4
How It Ranks

#3

out of 5

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 5

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Consumer Rating

9.0 out of 10
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2015 Audi TT Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

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
2015 Audi TT Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions 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
2015 Audi TT Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

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
2015 Audi TT photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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 Engine photo

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.

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2015 Audi TT Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 51 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

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."

14 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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."

30 people out of 56 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."

23 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Photographed at Town Center, Weston, Florida

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