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2021 Audi TT Review

The 2021 Audi TT has zippy engine performance, sharp handling, and an above-average predicted reliability rating. The TT's bottom-third ranking has more to do with the strength of its competitors than any major faults of its own.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent turbocharged engines
  • Composed handling
  • Rich cabin materials
  • Few active safety features
  • Cramped rear seats (coupe)
  • Small trunk (convertible)

New for 2021

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and blind spot monitoring now standard

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Audi TT's #11 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Audi TT has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Audi TT a Good Car?

Yes, the 2021 Audi TT is a good luxury sports car. The TT impresses with its agile handling, responsive steering, and energetic turbocharged acceleration. It’s available in coupe and convertible body styles, and both provide top-notch cabin materials, comfy front seats, and a wealth of intuitive tech features. The TT rates above average for predicted reliability, and its sub-$50,000 starting price makes it somewhat of a bargain in this pricey segment.

Why You Can Trust Us: 30 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 30 Audi TT reviews, as well as data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2021 TT review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Audi TT?

The 2021 Audi TT is definitely worth consideration, especially if you’re looking for an everyday sports car. It’s far less expensive than class rivals like the BMW Z4, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche Cayman and Boxster. The TT also comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it a practical runabout in both good and bad weather. Still, you’ll want to look elsewhere if active safety features are a must-have. This is one area where the Audi lags its rivals.

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2020 vs. 2021 Audi TT: What's the Difference?

For 2021, Audi added Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, and blind spot monitoring to the base model TT. These features were previously optional. Otherwise, there are no major differences between the 2020 and 2021 models.

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Here are the key changes for the Audi TT over the last few years:

  • 2016: fully redesigned (start of third generation)
  • 2017: gained a standard rearview camera and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 2018: added standard parking sensors; high-performance TT RS model debuted
  • 2019: seven-speed automatic transmission replaced six-speed automatic
  • 2020: no notable changes
  • 2021: some previously optional features now standard

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 TT, 2019 TT, and 2020 TT reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Audi TT Cost?

The 2021 Audi TT has a $49,800 starting price, which is among the lowest in the luxury sports car class. The price rises to $59,500 for the sportier TTS model, and it jumps to $67,600 for the high-performance TT RS.

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Audi TT Versus the Competition

Audi TT vs. Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is one of the few luxury sports cars that can beat the Audi TT when it comes to price. The entry-level Supra costs nearly $7,000 less than the base TT, yet it offers a wider range of safety features, and its rear-drive layout makes it a bit more entertaining to drive. The Supra also tops the TT, albeit narrowly, in terms of warranty length and predicted reliability. The TT does offer similar engine performance, comparable material quality, and the advantage of all-wheel drive in wet weather, but it’s not enough to top the Supra in this comparison.

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Audi TT vs. Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is often seen as the benchmark for the more affordable entries in the luxury sports car class. The Cayman wields razor-sharp handling, a trio of powerful engine options, and an available manual transmission, which the TT doesn’t offer. Overall, the Porsche provides a level of driver interaction that the Audi just can’t match. The tradeoff is the price. The entry-level Cayman costs about $10,000 more than the base TT, while the high-end Cayman GT4 is $30,000 more than the similarly powerful TT RS. If you’re looking for high performance on a budget, stick with the TT.

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TT Performance: Half-Scale Supercar

TT Engine

The 2021 Audi TT has three engine options to consider. The standard TT has a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. The midrange TTS has an upgraded version of this engine with 288 horsepower, and the high-performance TT RS has a turbocharged five-cylinder with 394 horsepower. Each is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all come with all-wheel drive.

There isn’t a bad pick in the bunch. The standard engine revs smoothly and eagerly, and it can shuttle the TT from zero to 60 mph in a brisk 5.2 seconds. The dual-clutch automatic transmission fires off quick and relatively smooth shifts, enabling easy passing maneuvers at highway speeds. The transmission operates fine, but it’s a bit more exciting to rifle through the gears using the steering wheel shift paddles.

The TTS ratchets up the fun factor a little. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The TT RS’ engine note is throatier, especially with the active exhaust in its sport setting, and its power delivery is more aggressive than other models. Select launch mode, and the TT RS can slingshot to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (TT; starts at $49,800)
  • Available engines:
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque (TTS; starts at $59,500)
    • 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder with 394 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque (TT RS; starts at $67,600)
  • Drivetrain: Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Audi TT Performance and Appearance Packages and Options:
  • 19-inch titanium wheels ($1,000)
  • S line competition package ($2,100): 19-inch wheels, summer performance tires, red brake calipers, S line suspension, fixed-position rear wing, gloss black exterior trim, black exhaust tips, brushed aluminum interior trim, and Alcantara seating accents
  • RS Dynamic package ($2,000): 20-inch titanium wheels and a sport exhaust system
  • RS adaptive rear spoiler ($0): replaces standard fixed-position rear wing
  • RS sport suspension ($0): replaces standard adaptive suspension
  • RS OLED taillights ($1,600)
  • Black Optic package (starts at $1,050): black exterior accents and red brake calipers
  • RS design interior package ($1,150): blue or red accents on air vents, center console, front seats, and front seat belts
TT Gas Mileage

The Audi TT gets an EPA-rated 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the TTS gets 23/29 mpg city/highway. Those are good estimates for a luxury sports car. The Audi TT RS nets a respectable 20/30 mpg city/highway.

TT Ride and Handling

The Audi TT backs up its sporty looks with athletic handling. The TT feels light and agile around turns, and its suspension does a fine job of minimizing body lean. The steering is playful and responsive, and the turning radius is tight, making the TT a cinch to maneuver and park in crowded areas. The brakes provide confident stopping power, and the all-wheel-drive system maintains excellent grip during hard cornering and wet-weather driving. This Audi's ride quality is a bit firm and jittery on rough pavement, but it's not uncomfortable.

How Fast Is the Audi TT?

The base TT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and it claims a top speed of 130 mph. The TTS can sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the TT RS boasts a zero-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds; both are limited to a top speed of 155 mph.

Does the Audi TT Have All-Wheel Drive?

Yes, the TT comes standard with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive. This system sends engine power to the front wheels under normal driving conditions, though it distributes power to all four wheels when a loss of traction is detected.

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TT Interior: Maximum Minimalism

TT Cargo Space

The Audi TT coupe has 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is far better than average for a luxury sports car. The coupe’s rear seats fold flat, making it easy to transport bulkier items like a pair of golf club bags. On the other hand, the Audi TT convertible has only 7.5 cubic feet of trunk space, and this area is quite shallow. Two carry-on suitcases will fit inside the convertible’s trunk, but a fully packed golf club bag will not.

How Many People Does the TT Seat?

This Audi is available in coupe and convertible body styles. The TT coupe has four seats, while the TT convertible has two. Regardless of body style, the front seats are well cushioned and quite supportive, and they offer sufficient headroom and legroom for tall occupants. The coupe’s rear seats are downright cramped, though, even for smaller children. This area is better suited for stowing grocery bags, backpacks, and the like.

Leather upholstery is standard, as are heated and power-adjustable front seats. The convertible’s power-operated soft top can open and close in about 10 seconds.

TT and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the TT coupe's rear seats.

TT Interior Quality

The interior of the Audi TT is an exercise in minimalism. The dashboard layout is simple and uncluttered. Most surfaces are covered with quality materials like black leather, soft-touch plastic, and crisp aluminum trim, and the buttons and knobs operate with a precise feel. Wind noise is more noticeable in the TT convertible than the coupe, but neither is offensive.

TT Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Unlike most modern vehicles, the TT does not have an infotainment screen in the middle of its dashboard. Instead, all of its infotainment features are integrated into the car’s 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, which Audi refers to as its Virtual Cockpit system. This display has vivid graphics, and it transitions quickly and seamlessly between its multiple layouts. The screen can be controlled using a dial and touchpad on the center console, as well as with buttons on the steering wheel and a voice recognition system.

This may sound like a confusing setup, and there is a bit of a learning curve, but in practice it’s pretty user-friendly. The climate controls are about as simple as they get. You can adjust the fan speed and temperature right on the vent itself.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and a smartphone charging pad
  • Additional standard features: keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control

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TT Reliability

Is the Audi TT Reliable?

The 2021 Audi TT has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Audi TT Warranty

Audi covers the TT with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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TT Safety

TT Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2021 TT.

TT Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring

Available advanced safety features:

  • none

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TT Dimensions and Weight

The Audi TT is 13.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,197 to 3,395 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Is the 2021 Audi TT Built?

Audi builds the 2021 TT in Hungary.

When Did the Audi TT First Come Out?

The first-generation Audi TT launched in North America for the 2000 model year. Its sleek and curvaceous styling won praise from critics and shoppers alike, as did its lively performance. Early models featured a 180-horsepower turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive. Audi later added a 225-horsepower version of this engine, Quattro all-wheel drive, and a 250-horsepower VR6 engine.

The second-generation Audi TT debuted for 2008, and it brought sharper body lines and a more aggressive appearance. Performance improved as well. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower became standard, while the VR6 carried over. Later updates included the addition of 265- and 360-horsepower TTS and RS models. The third-generation Audi TT debuted for 2016, and it remains on sale.

Which Audi TT Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Audi TT comes in three trim levels: TT, TTS, and TT RS. The entry-level TT is a good pick for most shoppers. It has a potent turbocharged engine, it comes with many tech and convenience features, and it’s the only trim available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The TT coupe has four seats, while the TT convertible has two.

That being said, if you’re looking for high performance, you may want to consider the brawnier but pricier TTS or TT RS models. The TTS packs 288 horsepower, while the TT RS wields a mighty 394 horsepower.

Audi TT

The base Audi TT starts at $49,800 for coupe models and $53,900 for roadster models. It comes equipped with a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Standard features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, shift paddles, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, LED headlights, an adjustable rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels. The TT roadster variant trades its rear seats for a power-retractable soft top and neck-level heating vents.

Options include 19-inch wheels ($1,000) and an S Line Competition package ($2,100) with 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a stiffer suspension, and a fixed-position rear wing.

Audi TTS

The Audi TTS coupe starts at $59,500. It features a 288-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, a restyled grille, and restyled bumpers.

Audi TT RS

The Audi TT RS coupe starts at around $68,000 and comes with a 394-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder engine, a restyled front bumper with larger air intakes, and a fixed-position rear wing.

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.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Audi TT checks all the right boxes for a luxury sports car. The TT gets up to speed in a hurry, and it’s fun to pilot along twisty back roads, especially in its high-performance TTS and RS configurations. The interior is posh and plenty spacious for two occupants, and it’s complemented by Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit infotainment system. The TT doesn’t cost an arm and a leg either, at least for this class. Its dearth of active safety features may dissuade some buyers, but overall, the TT remains a fine option in this jam-packed class.

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

  • "As well as its precise exterior and upscale interior (with no center console), the TT provides excellent driving dynamics. It’s no coincidence that the current TT’s styling evokes the Audi R8 supercar. The R8 is a fantastic machine, but way out of most people’s price range. The TT offers some of that brilliance at a far more approachable price." -- Autotrader
  • "Offering thrilling driving dynamics and handsome styling, the 2020 Audi TT and TTS are compelling picks if you're in the market for a small luxury sports car." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "The 2020 Audi TT plays in a very small field of compact coupes and convertibles, offering impressive performance, fuel economy and a fun-to-drive attitude at a fair price. Without a proper manual transmission or the latest active driver assists, however, the TT isn’t exactly the equal of its rivals from Porsche, Lexus or BMW." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
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