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2018 Audi TT

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2018 Audi TT Expert Review

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The 2018 Audi TT is a counterpunch to sporty coupes and convertibles like the BMW Z4, Infiniti Q60 and Porsche Cayman and Boxster. Like virtually everything Audi makes, the 2018 TT seamlessly blends its performance, style and luxury, never favoring one aspect of its personality over the other. Under the hood is a superb 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, putting out 220 horsepower in the TT or 292 in the TTS. Add in Audi's excellent quattro all-wheel-drive system, and high-tech features like the so-cool "virtual cockpit" and you have a car that encapsulates 21st-century driving. It's brilliant fun at its limits, especially in TTS form, but it's also practical, with generous front-seat room and plenty of cargo space in coupe models, too.

You'll Like This Car If...

From the base coupe to the TTS convertible, the Audi TT and Audi TTS offer a unique blend of style, technology and all-wheel drive. With a starting price in the mid-$40,000 range, you could even call it a sensible choice for a luxury-sports car.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Neither version comes in rear-wheel drive, and neither offers a manual transmission, which could kill the deal for some enthusiasts. If that's you, the BMW Z4 or 4 Series and Porsche Cayman and Boxster come with manual transmissions, as does the Chevrolet Corvette if you're willing to make the financial stretch.

How It Ranks
2018 Audi TT Low/wide front photo What's New for 2018

The 2018 Audi TT coupe and roadster now get standard parking sensors, and an updated technology package now includes a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. A new S-line competition package adds high-gloss interior trim, brushed aluminum doorsills and other visual goodies.

Driving the TT
2018 Audi TT Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

Audi says it committed to making a pure sports car for this 3rd-generation TT and TTS, even going so far as to call it a "baby brother" to the vaunted...

... Audi R8 exotic. That, to be honest, is a stretch, but there's no doubt that the 2018 Audi TT and 2018 TTS have the performance and handling chops to take on its rivals from Porsche and BMW. The way the Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system sends the 220 horsepower from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to the ground is like adding gravity, keeping the car pinned in hairpin turns and high-speed sweepers. There's no lack of power; the TT coupe gets to 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds, and the TTS gets there in s 4.6. Yet, despite all this sports-car talk, the TT and TTS remain surprisingly livable in quiet and relaxed driving.

VIRTUAL COCKPIT
This is a must-have feature on a new Audi. It replaces the physical gauges with a 12.3-inch digital display running at 60 frames per second, powered by an NVIDIA quad-core computer processor. The upshot is that you get a flicker-free experience, with multiple levels of information available right in front of you.

QUATTRO
Audi didn't invent all-wheel drive, but its quattro system is so intrinsic to the brand's DNA that you could be forgiven for thinking it had. Proven on rally cars around the world, the system not only improves grip on slick roads, but on dry roads as well.

2018 Audi TT Details
2018 Audi TT Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The air vents in the 2018 Audi TT cabin don't just aim the air. The elegant design incorporates the controls as well, showing the climate readout in the vent dial, and using the housing to control adjust temperature, seat heat and more. That kind of simplicity and elegance permeates the TT's cabin, whether it's the vents, the Virtual Cockpit, or the excellent ergonomics and comfortable front seats. It's an excellent experience for the driver and front passenger, but the coupe's rear seats aren't really fit for people. Better to fold and forget them. We wish the TT's sun visors offered more adjustments.

Exterior
2018 Audi TT photo

The 1st-generation TT boasted an "upside-down bathtub" shape, most of which is gone on the newest version, with the rounded wheel arches and central exhaust the only vestiges of that iconic styling. However, the TT and TTS are still distinctive cars. The hatch on the coupe models blends neatly into the tail, while the roadster's fabric roof opens and closes in 10 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph. The squat and muscular shape of its immediate predecessor remains, but with taut lines, a trapezoidal grille, and full LED headlights adding distinctive touches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Newly standard on the 2018 TT and TTS are parking sensors, which combine with the standard rearview camera to make backing up a snap. Also standard are power-folding and automatically dimming heated exterior mirrors, the Virtual Cockpit, MMI touch-based infotainment system, and a 9-speaker/155-watt AM/FM/CD/HD Radio with two USB inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. There's automatic climate control and full LED headlights. Leather upholstery comes standard, as do the 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats. Roadsters come with an electric wind blocker along with its power-operated top, while the higher-performing 2018 Audi TTS comes with adjustable suspension, larger wheels and tires, and TTS-specific styling.

Optional Equipment

Along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12-speaker 680-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system is available for the 2018 Audi TT and TTS. It's all part of the Technology package, which also adds navigation, Audi Connect 4G LTE service with Wi-Fi, and a side-assist blind-spot monitoring system. An S-line competition package adds glossy interior accents, aluminum doorsills and inlays, red brake calipers, suspension upgrades, and unique seats and leather. The TTS Coupe offers Nappa leather-trimmed seats with contrast diamond stitching and three color options, including an eye-catching Calendula Yellow.

Under the Hood
2018 Audi TT Engine photo

The 2018 Audi TT and TTS come with different versions of the same 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. In the TT it puts out 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, rushing the TT Coupe from a standstill to 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds, with plenty in reserve. The Audi TTS uses a high-output version of that engine that puts out a whopping 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, enough to blast the TTS from 0-60 in just 4.6 seconds. Regardless of model, the TT and TTS come standard with quattro all-wheel drive, Audi drive select for different drive modes ranging from relaxed to sporty, and an excellent 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is also decent, with the TT getting an EPA-estimated 30 mpg.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (TT coupe & roadster)
220 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (TTS coupe)
292 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/27 mpg

With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $45,000 when you include the $975 destination charge, we're tempted to call the standard 2018 Audi TT coupe a bargain. Even the drop-top Roadster isn't bad, coming in at about the $48,500 mark. The high-performance TTS coupe starts at a little under $54,000, which is still a decent price for a high-performance luxury-sports coupe. With options a standard TT coupe will come in at about $50,000, give or take, easily undercutting the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Boxster, and the BMW Z4. Those prices are more in line with the Lexus RC 350, Infiniti Q60, BMW 4 Series, and Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Audi TT's resale value has traditionally held up very well over the years.

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