3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Audi TT

Expert's Rating

4.6Excellent

MPG 22 City / 31 Highway
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It's not a true sports car, but the Audi TT has plenty of style and performance in a comfortable and practical package.

Introduction

When Audi unveiled the TT in 2000, it didn't look like anything else on the road. The casual observer would never guess that the shapely coupe and convertible shared a platform with the VW Golf. A 2008 redesign flattened some of the TT's curves, but retained its unmistakable profile.

What's New

The biggest news for the 2014 Audi TT is the discontinuation of the high-performance, 360-horsepower TT-RS variant.

Interior/Exterior

Audi has made it easy to choose a trim level for the TT and TTS -- there's only one. Both models now come with all the gear from the 2013 Premium Plus cars -- including LED interior lighting and a 12-speaker 255-watt BOSE sound system with AudioPilot noise compensation.

The S line exterior package -- which includes a unique grille, front and rear bumpers, door sills and rocker panels -- is now standard on the TT Coupe and Roadster. The TT is also now available with the Audi exclusive carbon package, which adds a front splitter and rear diffuser.

Buyers of the TTS can now deck it out with a new Black Optic package that finishes the grille in gloss black paint, the fog light surrounds in matte black, the mirror housings in a carbon fiber, and the 19-inch wheels in titanium coloring.

The vehicle’s cockpit gets praise for its high-quality materials and attractive design. The coupe is surprisingly capable of transporting cargo in its 13.1 cubic feet of luggage capacity behind the second row of seats.

Under the Hood

The TT and TTS share the same 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in varying states of tune. In TT form, it makes 211 horsepower; TTS buyers get 265 horsepower. Both models use a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox. Regardless of output, the TT achieves an EPA-rated 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.

Performance

Although it has a sporty feel, the TT doesn't have the sharp edge of competitors from BMW and Porsche. For buyers who live with inclement weather, however, there's the advantage of commendable grip from quattro all-wheel-drive, available without sacrificing pleasant ride quality.

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