The Audi TT is a small all-wheel drive sports coupe or two-seat Roadster restyled in 2016 to inaugurate its third generation. Although delivering a solid sports car look, the TT is derived from a front-wheel drive platform and lacks a manual transmission.

Pricing and Equipment

Three model choices are available with the 2017 TT. The TT Coupe starts at $43,500 and the TTS Coupe begins at $52,500. Between the two is the TT Roadster, carrying a starting price of $47,000.

The TT Coupe and Roadster are powered by a lively 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An enhanced version of this engine delivers 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in the TTS. Completing both powertrains is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The TT Roadster is all about going topless. The retractable acoustic soft top folds at speeds up to 31 mph. Other highlights for both the Roadster and TT coupe include a black cloth headliner, aluminum drift interior inlays, ambient lighting, and 12-way power sport front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment. The seats are covered in leather and Alcantara and include heating elements up front.

Besides its enhanced performance, the TTS brings in S sport seats, matte brush aluminum interior inlays, and classy aluminum door sill inlays garnished with a TTS emblem. Similar ornamentation upgrades are found on the exterior.

Performance Pros

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Extensive use of aluminum delivers a lightweight body for the 2017 TT. As a result, all three models offer a spirited drive with the standard coupe moving from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and the TTS accomplishing same in only 4.6 seconds. The Roadster trails a full second behind the TTS.

Audi’s strength is found in its highly-regarded Quattro all-wheel drive system, what turns an otherwise ordinary front-wheel drive architecture into something extraordinary. TTS models benefit from magnetic ride suspension, what our reviewers note “quells road noise and harshness” and does so with no loss in handling sharpness.

Fuel economy comes in at 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for the standard coupe and the Roadster. TTS models see a drop in fuel economy on the open road as this model is EPA-rated at 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Performance Cons

You can’t “row your own” in an Audi TT with a manual transmission, an omission diehard enthusiasts may refuse to overlook.

Like any small, sporty model the connection to the road is apparent. For spirited driving, that’s a good thing. As a daily commuter covering scarred pavement, that joy can quickly fade.

Interior Pros

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Audi interiors are among the best in the industry, offering clean lines, exquisite materials, and a composed look. The Audi TT’s cabin is sophisticated, something our reviewers said is “far more cockpit-like and sports-car influenced.”

Where some sporty models overwhelm the interior with high-end technologies and gadgets, the TT’s interior is driver-centric.

Interior Cons

Both coupe models provide a 2+2 layout, but the rear seat is mostly useless. A dearth of legroom is matched by insufficient headroom. It would be better to use that space for storage.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The available Black Optic package is new for 2017, and brings in a handsome black grille surround and black side mirror housings. The package steps it up in the TSS as this model adds a black rear diffuser. Titanium-finished wheels complete the package.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Where do you place your cell phone when driving? The Audi TT lacks a dedicated place to hold one.

The Bottom Line

Design highlights from the mid-engine R8 sports car influenced the latest TT, endowing this model with a slightly more powerful stance. We think the TTS Coupe is the best of the trio, particularly for its robust power and excellent suspension system.