Now in its third generation, the all-new 2016 Audi TT is a futuristic driver-centric, technology-filled sports car that simultaneously tips a hat to the iconic style and spirit of the original.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Audi TT is available in three trim levels. A 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers all models and a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels by way of Audi’s highly regarded Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

  • The TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI starts at $42,900.
  • The 2-seater soft-top TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI starts at $46,400.
  • Pricing for the Performance-tuned TTS Coupe 2.0 Coupe TFSI begins at $51,900.

Performance Pros

Audi TT Front Quarter

Audi’s latest iteration of the iconic TT offers the model's best performance numbers to date. Whether you choose the base TT Coupe or Roadster with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or the TTS coupe with its wildly tuned 292-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the relatively lightweight TT offers excellent acceleration.

  • The TT Coupe runs from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, the roadster takes 5.6 seconds, and the king-of-the-hill TTS only needs 4.6 seconds. Impressive numbers considering that the TT really shines in the turns.
  • We find handling to be crisp and accurate thanks to the TT’s configurable electrically boosted power steering. The nearly perfect weight distribution of the vehicle and the inherently rigid design work with the sport tuned suspension to create a wonderfully balanced driving experience.

The TTS Coupe adds potency in almost every area. With the additional horsepower, larger brakes, and adjustable standard magnetic ride suspension, the TT offers a taste of Audi’s R8 spicy-flavored fun without the supercar’s price tag or the incessant need to explain to your neighbors that you are not having a mid-life crisis.

Gas mileage is excellent in light of the TT’s spirited performance and sports car nature. Coupe and Roadster models earn a respectable 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The TTS gains 72 horsepower but reportedly loses only a single mile per gallon combined in fuel economy (Actual MPG numbers TBA).

Performance Cons

  • No matter how brilliantly Audi’s six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission modulates through the gears, I would love to have my TT served up with a manual transmission.
  • The TT displays a little turbo lag at times, but the light curb weight and snappy transmission keep the overall effect fairly insignificant.
  • While the crisp ride of the TT Coupe and Roadster is a blast when you're in the mood, it may grow a little tiresome during the daily commute on pockmarked asphalt.

Interior Pros

Audi TT Interior

The TT’s luxurious interior is a master class in simplistic purpose-driven design. Long gone are traditional speedometers and tachometers replaced by a single 12.3-inch digital 3-D gauge cluster located directly in front of the driver. This highly configurable “virtual cockpit” not only replaces the traditional gauges, but integrates with Audi’s easy to use infotainment system, serving as feature-rich navigation screen.

  • HVAC controls are integrated into the center of the three central vents, eliminating the need for a separate center-mounted control unit.
  • Seat warmer controls are nestled into the side vents.
  • Every square inch of the TT's interior is accounted for or left purposely bare, creating an elegantly clean design largely absent from many of the TT's rivals.

Interior Cons

The coupe’s rear seats have limited legroom and even less headroom. This wouldn’t be as much of a problem in the convertible, except the roadster only has two seats.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Audi TT Rear Quarter

Dialing the Drive Select to the “dynamic” mode really brings the base Coupe to life. The program configures the TT to behave more like a wild rear-wheel drive sports car than the civilized all-wheel drive street-hugger that it is.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While the brake package on the base Coupe and Roadster are more than adequate for daily driving, enthusiasts will find them wanting for a purpose-built German sport coupe. The TTS remedies the problem with larger four-piston brakes up front and larger ventilated discs in the rear.

The Bottom Line

Loaded with technology that serves a purpose far beyond gimmicks, the future-retro styled 2016 TT is a driver-focused performance car that is comfortable enough, especially in the TTS trim, for your daily trip to the office.