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2019 Audi TT Review

The 2019 Audi TT has an elegant interior, a comfortable ride, and a state-of-the-art infotainment system, but it lands in the bottom half of our luxury sports car rankings partly because its rivals have peppier engines and better predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • State-of-the-art infotainment system
  • Premium cabin
  • Coupes have above-average trunk space for the class
  • Base coupe isn’t as dynamic as rivals
  • Inhospitable rear seats

New for 2019

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission replaces six-speed
  • Wireless phone charging now standard

Is the Audi TT a Good Car?

Yes, despite its ranking, the 2019 Audi TT is a good luxury sports car. It's comfortable and refined. It has a high-tech cabin, engaging handling, and a large trunk for the class, at least with the coupe body style. It also has standard all-wheel drive via Audi’s Quattro system, and its low starting price makes it one of the most affordable vehicles in the class.

Should I Buy the Audi TT?

With innovative tech, elegant styling, an affordable price, and Quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi TT is a great choice among luxury vehicles. For shoppers after something a bit more energetic, the Mercedes-Benz SL and the high-performance Porsche Cayman make better, if pricier, alternatives.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi TT?

For 2019, the Audi TT gained a new seven-speed automatic transmission and standard wireless phone charging. If those don’t interest you, it may be worth shopping for a used TT to save some money.

Audi redesigned the TT for the 2016 model year. It hasn't seen many major changes since then, though if you want the high-performance TT RS and its five-cylinder engine, you’ll have to stick with a 2018 model or newer.

To research other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Audi TT. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

Compare the 2017, 2018, and 2019 TT »

We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as safety scores, predicted reliability ratings, and the opinions of the automotive press. This Audi TT review draws on 23 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2019 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Audi TT Cost?

The entry-level 2019 Audi TT coupe retails for $44,900. That makes it one of the most affordable luxury sports cars on the market, alongside the Mercedes-Benz SLC. The TT roadster (convertible) has a base MSRP of $48,400. The top-of-the-line TT RS coupe starts at $66,900, which is a hefty tag but less than the starting prices of some classmates.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi Deals page.

Audi TT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi TT or Porsche Cayman?

The Porsche Cayman doesn't have as many standard features as the TT, and its starting price is about $12,000 more, but it’s the better vehicle in most other respects. The Cayman boasts robust engines, dynamic handling, and a first-class, highly customizable interior. Between its front storage compartment and rear trunk, the Porsche offers more overall cargo space than the Audi, and it has a higher predicted reliability rating too. If you can afford it, pick the Cayman.

Which Is Better: Audi TT or Mercedes-Benz SLC?

The Mercedes-Benz SLC is another affordable luxury sports car, though it's only available as a roadster. Its base engine is a bit underwhelming, but Mercedes offers a powerful V6 engine in the high-performance AMG model. On the other hand, the Audi offers more cargo room with its coupe body style and a more modern and spacious cabin. The base TT coupe costs around $4,000 less too. The Audi is the better pick.

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TT Performance

TT Engine: From Cordial to Track-Worthy

Both the TT coupe and roadster use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to produce 228 horsepower. The TTS coupe squeezes 288 horsepower from the same engine, and the TT RS has a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine rated at 394 horsepower. Regardless of which engine you pick, you’ll get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission found in older models has been discontinued.

Some critics find the base engine to be capable but unimpressive. Higher trim levels have a bit more oomph. For instance, the performance-oriented Audi TT RS can sprint from zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

TT Gas Mileage: Great

With the base engine, the coupe and roadster earn fuel economy estimates of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those are impressive figures for the class, especially considering these models come with Audi’s Quattro (AWD) system. Also, the base engine uses regular gasoline instead of premium, unlike most rivals and the TT’s higher trims. The midlevel TTS coupe gets 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. As of this writing, the EPA has not evaluated the TT RS.

TT Ride and Handling: Smooth and Fun

Precise steering and great road grip help make the TT fun to drive, and the standard Audi Drive Select lets you alternate between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual modes. Higher trims augment the suspension with a magnetic ride system that rapidly auto-adjusts to changing road conditions. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system comes standard.

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TT Interior

How Many People Does the TT Seat?

The TT coupe seats four, and the TT roadster seats two. Leather upholstery is standard, as are heated front seats and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Upgraded Nappa leather with diamond quilting is available.

The front seats have ample head- and legroom, even for taller individuals. The rear seats, a rarity among luxury sports cars, are better used for extra storage than for carrying people around.

TT Car Seats

The TT coupe has two sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Like many roadsters, the convertible has no LATCH connectors.

TT Interior Quality

This Audi has a refined and elegant cabin full of premium materials and rich accents like real wood and aluminum trims.

TT Cargo Space

The TT roadster has a 7.5-cubic-foot trunk. The TT coupe fares a little better. Its 12-cubic-foot trunk eclipses the trunk space in most rivals, and the split-folding rear seats can be folded to open up even more room. That’s more space than you’ll find in rivals like the Mercedes-Benz SLC.

TT Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Audi TT comes with Audi's Virtual Cockpit, an MMI infotainment system, a handwriting recognition system, a nine-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as are navigation and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.

The Virtual Cockpit replaces a traditional instrument gauge with a 12.3-inch digital screen. It’s a sophisticated system that displays vehicle data and infotainment settings in front of the driver in an easy-to-read-manner, reducing the need to look away from the road. Settings are controlled using a centrally mounted knob and buttons on the steering wheel.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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TT Reliability

Is the Audi TT Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Audi TT a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Audi TT Warranty

Audi covers the TT with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That’s similar to the warranties of many other luxury sports cars.

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TT Safety

TT Crash Test Results

The 2019 Audi TT has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s common among luxury sports cars.

TT Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available features include blind spot monitoring.

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Which Audi TT Model Is Right for Me?

Audi offers the two-door TT in two body styles: a four-seat coupe and a two-seat roadster (convertible). There are three trim levels: TT, TTS, and TT RS. Only the TT is available as a roadster. The other major differences between the three trims relate to performance and powertrain. If you want the most thrilling drive from a TT, consider the top-of-the-line RS. However, even the well-equipped base trim holds its own on the road, and it costs a lot less than the RS, making it a great pick for many shoppers.

Audi TT

With a base MSRP of $44,900, the entry-level TT coupe features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and Audi Drive Select, which lets you modify the ride for increased sportiness or comfort. Also standard is a 12.3-inch screen (the Audi Virtual Cockpit), the MMI infotainment system, handwriting recognition, wireless phone charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker stereo, leather seats, 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.

The Audi TT roadster has those same features plus a retractable soft top. It retails for $48,400.

Upgraded leather sport seats are available as part of the S Sport seat package for $1,250. A Technology package ($3,500) adds a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and blind spot monitoring.

Audi TTS

Starting at $53,800, the TTS coupe features a retuned version of the base engine that puts out 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It also adds larger wheels and brakes, as well as a magnetic ride suspension. The Technology package is also available for this trim.

Audi TT RS

The TT RS has a base price of $66,900. It features a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 394 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The Technology package is available in the RS, and you can swap out the magnetic ride suspension system for a sport suspension system for no extra cost.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

See 2019 Audi TT specs and trims »

The Final Call

Though the 2019 Audi TT distinguishes itself as an affordable luxury sports car, it doesn't look or feel cheap inside. It boasts comfortable front seats and a posh cabin, as well as lots of tech features. The TT is a refined and comfortable vehicle, but some critics find its performance mild compared to competitors like the Porsche Cayman and Chevrolet Corvette.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Thank goodness the 2019 Audi TT/TTS sports cars exist. At a time when roads are becoming clogged with crossovers and pickups, these compact coupes and convertibles represent a different path, one where style and involvement are important considerations. Any member of the TT family would look right at home in front of the swankiest hotel, yet also on twisting canyon roads frequented by enthusiasts. This car is for people who put aesthetics on the same high level as driving pleasure. … Over those years, the TT has gone from being a touchstone for car stylists while not holding much sway among driving enthusiasts, to something that drives quite well but losing some design mojo in the process. With this third-generation model, Audi aims for both targets at the same time." -- Autotrader
  • "It's easy to love the 2017 Audi TT thanks to its sharp exterior styling and elegantly simple cabin. But it also offers strong acceleration and agile handling that makes it a blast to drive. We gave it an A rating and consider it one of the best vehicles in its segment." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The … Audi TT Roadster would probably still succumb to a Boxster in terms of raw driving pleasure—at least until the brawny TT RS convertible comes along. … But it very probably is quicker from point A to B and might be the only sporty softtop you could live with 24/7, 365 days a year." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
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