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2018 Audi TT Review

The Audi TT has a sophisticated interior with intuitive infotainment controls. Performance-wise, the new-for-2018 RS trim is the only TT model that doesn't trail the competition. For that very reason, the Audi TT sits in the bottom third of our rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • State-of-the-art infotainment system and controls
  • Elegant interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Above-average trunk space


  • Base coupe isn't very dynamic to drive
  • Some rivals have more powerful engines


New for 2018


  • High-performance TT RS trim added
  • Front parking sensors now standard


Is the Audi TT a Good Car?

If you're looking for a luxury sports car with a comfortable interior, elegant styling, and abundant high-tech features, the Audi TT is a great fit. It has standard leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a large trunk with enough space for a week's worth of luggage for you and a guest. However, its performance falls behind the pack. Though the Audi TT’s powertrains have plenty of power for daily driving, lead-footed drivers will probably find it too laid back. Still, the TT's suspension is as good for long trips as it is tackling twisty roads.

Should I Buy the Audi TT?

With innovative technology and sophisticated styling, the Audi TT is a truly luxurious vehicle. Its standard all-wheel drive makes it one of the best luxury sports cars for daily driving. A huge upside to this coupe is its starting price of $43,950, which gives you a standard 12.3-inch infotainment system and Alcantara-trimmed seats. Shoppers looking for an exceptionally elegant cabin and a moderate level of performance will love the TT.

For sportier performance, consider the performance-oriented Audi TT RS, the Porsche Cayman, or the Jaguar F-Type. However, keep in mind that each comes with a considerably higher price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi TT?

The TT was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year, and there have been few major changes since then that warrant buying a newer model. However, if you're set on the new high-performance TT RS, you'll need a 2018 model. The TT RS features a 400-horsepower five-cylinder engine, Nappa leather sport seats, and Audi's magnetic ride suspension. Additionally, front parking sensors are standard in all 2018 TT models. If these updates don't interest you, consider a used model for the chance to save thousands of dollars. 

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016 and 2017 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..

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

Simplify your new car search and find everything you need to know in our comprehensive 2018 Audi TT review. To find out if the 2018 Audi TT is a good car, we start by analyzing 19 professional reviews. We combine these viewpoints with data such as fuel economy and predicted reliability and compare similar models from Porsche, BMW, and Alfa Romeo. This 2018 Audi TT review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Audi TT Cost?

Audi TT pricing starts at $43,950 for the 2018 TT coupe, making this the least expensive vehicle in our luxury sports cars rankings by a few thousand dollars. If you want the option to put the top down, add another $3,500; the TT roadster is listed at $47,450. This isn't the cheapest luxury convertible on the list – a BMW 2 Series, for example, costs around $9,000 less – but the TT roadster's price is still below average for this wide-ranging class. For the new TT RS coupe, pricing starts at $64,900.

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Audi TT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi TT or Porsche 718 Cayman?                           

If you're looking for superior performance in a luxury sports car, the Porsche Cayman is one of the most reasonable options. Its starting price is $11,300 higher than the TT’s, but it has a more robust turbocharged engine and sportier handling than the Audi. Unlike the TT, the Cayman is only available as a coupe. However, the Porsche Boxster is a convertible that's practically identical to the Cayman in terms of performance and interior. If you're looking for lavish amenities, the Audi TT is a better car for you. While the Cayman's interior has high-quality materials, it isn’t as luxurious as the TT’s. The Cayman’s standard infotainment system has a smaller touch screen and isn't as user-friendly as the Audi's system.

Which Is Better: Audi TT or Jaguar F-Type?

The Jaguar F-Type has an even larger price premium than the Cayman, at nearly $16,000. The Jaguar has sportier handling and more engine power, but its ride is firmer. Fortunately, the ride isn’t jarring, which means you'll still feel comfortable in the F-Type. Like the TT, you can get the F-Type as a convertible or a hardtop. However, the TT has a more intuitive, easy-to-use infotainment system as well as more standard and available features (like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). It also receives a much better predicted reliability score. If features and reliability are important to you, go with the TT. For performance, the F-Type is a better option.

Which Is Better: Audi TT or Audi R8?

The TT isn't the most powerful sports car in Audi's lineup. That designation goes to the Audi R8, which boasts an astonishingly powerful 540-horsepower V10 engine and extreme cornering abilities. However, this performance comes at a steep price that starts at $164,900. If you can put down the dough, it's a huge step up in performance. Still, the TT is a far better bargain.

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TT Interior

How Many People Does the TT Seat?

The TT coupe is one of the few sports cars that can carry four people. The TT roadster only holds two people; it forfeits its back seats in order to store the softtop.

Those in the front will find comfortable accommodations, with leather upholstery and 12-way power adjustments offering all-day comfort. The standard heated front seats are also nice when traveling with the top down on cooler days. The seats are quite cramped in the back, with less legroom than even the average third row of an SUV. This area works well to hold small bags, however, or you can fold the seats down to expand your trunk.

TT and Car Seats

Both rear seats have a tether anchor and a set of lower anchors for attaching child safety seats.

TT Interior Quality

Audi skillfully creates an aura of sophistication in the TT's cabin. From the Alcantara seat trimmings to the aluminum inlays, materials are of the highest quality. The design is elegant and uncluttered. One of the best examples of this is the innovative air vents, which combine digital readouts with temperature and fan controls integrated into the vent's center knobs.

TT Cargo Space

The TT coupe has one of the largest trunks in the luxury sports car class. Its 12 cubic feet of space is large enough to hold a week's worth of luggage for two. When it's tee time, lay down the 50/50 split-folding back seat, and you have enough space to carry your golf bag.

The TT roadster's trunk is a less generous 7.5 cubic feet, but folding the top down doesn't eat up any extra space. Need a sports car with more room? You can fit an extra bag in the back of a Porsche Boxster or Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

TT Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

One of the most noticeable elements of the TT's interior is its lack of a display screen in the center dash. Instead, Audi shifts the bulk of the infotainment operations to the driver's display, calling it the virtual cockpit. Settings are controlled through a knob just behind the gearshift or through buttons on the steering wheel. The display is stunningly crisp, the menus are fairly easy to learn, and the rich levels of customization add a wow factor that will impress even your nit-picking neighbor. By placing all navigation and entertainment info where the gauge cluster would be, drivers can keep their attention focused in front of them. The downside to the virtual cockpit's location is that the steering wheel sometimes blocks your view, and the passenger can't see or change much of the car's infotainment settings.

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TT Performance

TT Engine: Compelling and Cordial

The Audi TT feels lively off the line and maintains its hearty power delivery at higher RPMs. You won't snap any necks with the base engine, but this turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission are smooth and refined, which is partly why this car works so well as a daily driver. Performance specs on the base four-cylinder engine are not as brag-worthy as those of more athletic sports car (like a Porsche), but the TT is no slouch and can sprint to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds (or 4.6 seconds for the TTS coupe). If you're looking for a two-door that's more appropriate for the racetrack, the new Audi TT RS has you covered. Its turbocharged five-cylinder engine hits 60 mph in a neck-snapping 3.6 seconds, and it has a top speed of up to 174 mph.

TT Gas Mileage: Better Than Most

The Audi TT gives you a little better fuel economy than most luxury sports cars, in part because it uses a smaller engine. The TT coupe and TT roadster get 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage in the city is the same with the TTS coupe, but highway ratings dip to 27 mpg. With the TT RS, expect 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

TT Ride and Handling: Smooth Operator

Every TT model comes standard with all-wheel drive. This not only gives you excellent traction in slippery conditions but improves grip on dry pavement as well, for extra fun on curvy roads. You can adjust the throttle and suspension setup using Audi Drive Select, which has settings ranging from comfort to dynamic. Keep in mind that even in dynamic mode, the coupe and roadster are still comfort-biased sports cars and lack the level of athletic handling found in more-aggressive cars. Handling gets a boost in the TTS (which gets a rapidly adjusting magnetic ride suspension system) and in the TT RS (in addition to the magnetic ride suspension, it comes with larger wheels and bigger brakes).

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TT Reliability

Is the Audi TT Reliable?

The 2018 TT has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five. That's average across the industry, but a number of luxury convertibles have higher scores.

Audi TT Warranty

The 2018 TT comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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TT Safety

TT Crash Test Results

Most luxury sports cars – including the Audi TT, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche Cayman – don't undergo crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

TT Safety Features

The TT comes standard with front parking sensors (a new inclusion for 2018), rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. With the Technology package, you can also add blind spot monitoring.

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Which Audi TT Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 TT is available as either a four-seat coupe or a two-seat roadster (convertible). Audi also offers the TTS coupe and the new TT RS coupe, both of which have performance enhancements. The MSRP starts as low as $43,950 for the base trim and reaches near $80,000 for a fully loaded TT RS.

Of the three available trims, each of which has its own performance specs, the TTS admirably bridges the gap between the comfort of the base model and the added capability of the TT RS. Its 2.0-liter engine has more horsepower and a higher top track speed compared to the base model, with only a slight drop in fuel economy. Standard features include a magnetic ride suspension system and sport seats with contrast diamond stitching – two highly praised upgrades.

Audi TT

The 220-horsepower TT comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard technology includes a 12.3-inch infotainment screen (called the virtual cockpit), Audi's MMI controller with handwriting recognition, a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, automatic climate control, a proximity key, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Pricing starts at $43,950 for the TT coupe and $47,450 for the TT roadster. A number of packages are available, including the $3,500 Technology package, which comes with navigation, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and blind spot monitoring.

Audi TTS

The $52,950 TTS is also powered by a 2.0-liter engine, but for this trim, Audi tunes the engine to crank out 292 horsepower. The wheels and brakes both grow in size, and Audi's magnetic ride suspension system is added. Inside, the TTS gains aluminum trim and sport seats that feature quilted stitching.

Audi TT RS

Audi says the new-for-2018 TT RS is its most powerful production TT to date. Its powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Without any upgrades, this 400-horsepower setup can reach 155 mph and springs to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The standard technology is similar to the base models, and the seats are upgraded to sport seats with Nappa leather upholstery and contrast diamond stitching. Performance enhancements include upgraded ceramic brakes and Audi's magnetic ride suspension system. The TT RS is only offered as a coupe, and prices start at $64,900.

For $6,000, you can boost performance by adding the Dynamic Plus package. It adds a carbon fiber engine cover and upgraded brakes and swaps out the standard magnetic ride suspension for a fixed sport suspension system. With this package, you can reach speeds of up to 174 mph.

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 2018 Audi TT coupe is one of the most affordable luxury sports cars you can buy. Even though it undercuts its competitors by thousands of dollars, its styling and materials are far from bargain basement. Instead, you'll find comfortable seats, a high-tech infotainment system, and an elegant design, all of which make this car a great pick as a daily driver. Audi's high level of refinement carries through to its turbocharged powertrains and smooth handling, but for some, the performance is too mild. Don't overlook the uplevel TTS and TT RS models, though drivers wanting to wheel an aggressive two-door will likely be more satisfied with something like the Porsche Cayman, Jaguar F-Type, or Chevrolet Corvette.

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

  • "The 2018 Audi TT is a counterpunch to sporty coupes and convertibles like the BMW Z4, Infiniti Q60 and Porsche Cayman and Boxster. Like virtually everything Audi makes, the 2018 TT seamlessly blends its performance, style and luxury, never favoring one aspect of its personality over the other. … Add in Audi's excellent quattro all-wheel-drive system, and high-tech features like the so-cool 'virtual cockpit' and you have a car that encapsulates 21st-century driving. It's brilliant fun at its limits, especially in TTS form, but it's also practical, with generous front-seat room and plenty of cargo space in coupe models, too." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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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