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2020 Audi TT Review

The 2020 Audi TT places in the middle of our luxury sports car rankings. It has one of the most attractive, modernly styled cabins in the class, along with good cargo room and great gas mileage. However, the base model’s performance may be too dull for some shoppers.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious interior
  • Cutting-edge infotainment system
  • Decent cargo space in coupe models
  • Impressive fuel economy estimates
  • Modest power in base engine
  • Unaccommodating rear seats

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Audi TT's #9 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Audi TT has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
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 Audi TT is a good luxury sports car. It’s not the best in class in any one category, but it is impressive in most. This reasonably priced sports car is finely tuned, offering sharp handling and a smooth ride, making it suitable for most driving situations. However, enthusiasts may want to skip the base model for one of the higher trims, which provide more powerful engine options and extra performance enhancements.

Inside, the TT shines with sleek styling and fancy materials that match its state-of-the-art, driver-focused technology. The seats are plush and supportive with decent legroom in the front row, but the back seats don't have much legroom at all.

Should I Buy the Audi TT?

If you’re looking for a track-worthy sports car, the 2020 Audi TT may not fit the bill unless you opt for the high-performance TT RS trim. Although it has deft handling and takes on corners with aplomb, some of its best performance features, like a magnetic ride suspension and a robust engine, are reserved for the upper trims.

Some classmates offer similar attributes as the TT while delivering sportier rides. Keep in mind that just about every competitor costs more than the TT. The Porsche Boxster ($59,600) has four strong engine options, a posh interior with roomy seats, and exceptional handling. The Chevrolet Corvette ($58,995) offers a base V8 engine that generates an astounding 495 horsepower and blistering acceleration, and its ride is as lively as it is supple.

Compare the TT, Boxster, and Corvette »

Should I Buy a New or Used Audi TT?

Audi made no major changes to the TT for 2020, so you could purchase a 2019 model, which is likely less expensive than a new TT, and you won’t miss out on any noteworthy features. If you're considering an older model, however, there are several changes to be aware of.

For 2019, Audi replaced the six-speed automatic transmission with a seven-speed automatic and made wireless device charging standard. For 2018, the high-performance TT RS trim was introduced, and front and rear parking sensors became standard. If you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, don't go further back than the 2017 model year, when both became available.

Audi fully redesigned the TT for 2016, so models from 2015 and older will be significantly different.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 TT, 2018 TT, and 2019 TT reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 TT »

We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 26 Audi TT reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, interior dimensions, predicted reliability, and more, to give you all the information you need to make an informed car-buying decision.

This 2020 TT review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Audi TT Cost?

The 2020 Audi TT starts at $45,500, making it one of the most affordable cars in the luxury sports car class. The high-performance TT RS trim starts at $67,600.

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Audi TT Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz SL is a great luxury sports car that sits a few places higher than the TT in our rankings. The Mercedes has extremely comfortable seats, as well as more features and trunk space than the Audi. The SL offers two engine options with horsepower ratings that range from 362 to 449. Still, the SL isn't as athletic as the TT, or most other cars in the class. While the Mercedes holds a few advantages over the Audi, they're not enough to justify a price that's twice that of the TT.

Which Is Better: Audi TT or Porsche Cayman?

The Porsche Cayman is another great value in this class with a starting price of less than $60,000. The Porsche isn’t as well-equipped as the TT, but it delivers better overall performance. It has track-ready driving dynamics, and all three available engines are potent. Additionally, with a front compartment and a rear trunk, the Cayman has more total storage space than the TT, along with a slightly higher predicted reliability rating. The TT’s numerous features make it the better value, but the Cayman’s performance is nearly unmatched in the class.

Compare the TT, SL, and Cayman »

TT Performance

TT Engine: 3 Levels of Power

The base Audi TT and midlevel TTS both come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the TTS comes with 288 horsepower, which is 60 horses more than the base power plant. Acceleration from these engines is satisfying, but they may not offer enough vigor for power-hungry drivers. That’s where the performance-oriented TT RS trim comes in with its impressive 394 horsepower.

Audi TT Powertrain/Performance Options:
  • Base engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; starts at $45,500 (TT)
  • Available engines:
    • turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; starts at $54,500 (TTS)
    • turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 394 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque; starts at $67,600 (TT RS)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Audi TT Appearance and Performance Packages:
  • S line competition package (prices start at $2,200; available in TT): 19-inch high-gloss black wheels, summer performance tires, red brake calipers, a sport suspension, a gloss black grille, outside mirrors, a rear spoiler, black exhaust tips, a sport steering wheel with contrast stitching, aluminum and chrome interior trim, and leather-wrapped center console and door armrests
  • Black optic package (prices start at $1,050; available in TTS and TT RS): 20-inch anthracite-finish wheels, summer performance tires, and high-gloss black exterior trim, grille, and outside mirrors
  • Competition package (prices start at $3,100; available in TTS): 20-inch high-gloss black wheels; summer performance tires; red brake calipers; high-gloss black grille, outside mirrors, and rear spoiler; flat-bottom sport steering wheel with 12-o-clock marker; carbon fiber interior trim; and leather-wrapped center console, door armrests, and instrument cluster
  • Design selection interior (prices start at $1,150; available in TT RS): blue or red accents on air vents, center console, front seats, and seat belts; RS floor mats; and leather-wrapped center console, door armrests, airbag cap, and instrument cluster
  • Dynamic package (prices start at $2,000; available in TT RS): 20-inch titanium matte-finish wheels, performance tires, and a sport exhaust with black tips
TT Gas Mileage: Impressive

The coupe and roadster get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are great figures for the luxury sports car class, especially considering it has standard all-wheel drive. Also, the TT takes nonpremium gas, which will save you money compared to rivals that require premium fuel. However, the TT RS does take premium fuel and gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

TT Ride and Handling: Masterful Handler

The Audi TT has exceptional handling and sure-footedly zigzags around tight corners. Standard Quattro all-wheel drive keeps the car stable, while the Drive Select system allows the driver to adjust handling for enhanced comfort or greater agility. Steering is nicely weighted and responsive.

How Fast Is the Audi TT?

According to Audi, the base TT coupe can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The TT Roadster, which has the same standard powertrain, is a little slower, at 5.5 seconds. The TTS manages that zero-to-60 sprint in 4.4 seconds, and the TT RS does the run in as little as 3.6 seconds.

Does the Audi TT Have All-Wheel Drive?

Yes, the TT comes standard with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The TT is also the least-expensive luxury sports car with AWD. Certain trims of the Jaguar F-Type and BMW 8 Series offer all-wheel drive for about twice the TT's MSRP.

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TT Interior

How Many People Does the TT Seat?

The Audi TT coupe seats four. The front seats are supportive, plush, and roomy enough for long-limbed riders, but the rear seats are cramped. The TT roadster seats two.

Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and 12-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Sport seats and Nappa leather seats with honeycomb quilting are available.

TT and Child Car Seats

The coupe model has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats.

TT Interior Quality

The Audi TT’s cabin features premium materials and fantastic build quality, even in the base model. Its sleek styling and minimal buttons give the cabin a clean, modern look.

TT Cargo Space

With 12 cubic feet, the Audi TT coupe’s cargo capacity is decent for the luxury sports car class. There are also plenty of spots to stash items inside the cabin. The convertible has 7.5 cubic feet of cargo room, and space isn't compromised when you drop the top.

TT Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Reviewers appreciate Audi’s deviation from the typical infotainment system. Instead of positioning the display on the center stack, the TT comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This system features a 12.3-inch screen that puts useful information right in the driver’s line of sight behind the steering wheel.

Other standard features include an MMI controller with handwriting recognition, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, two SD card readers, a nine-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the traditional gauge cluster.

Options include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.

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

Read more about interior »

TT Reliability

Is the Audi TT Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 TT a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Audi TT Warranty

Audi backs the 2020 TT with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Read more about reliability »

How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Audi TT?

The cost of insuring an Audi TT will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

TT Safety

TT Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 TT. This is common among luxury vehicles.

TT Safety Features

A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are standard. Blind spot monitoring is available. Unlike some rivals, the 2020 TT isn't available with driver assistance features like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, or automatic emergency braking.

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TT Dimensions and Weight

The TT is about 13.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,197 to 3,384 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Audi TT Built?

Audi builds the 2020 TT in Hungary.

When Did the Audi TT First Come Out?

Audi launched the TT in North America for the 2000 model year. Its distinct, rounded-off body style immediately drew comparisons to the Volkswagen New Beetle, which was a product of the same parent company and rode on the same platform as the TT. A convertible roadster version debuted one year later. Powertrain options for the first-generation TT included 180- and 225-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engines, as well as a 250-horsepower V6.

After a hiatus for the 2007 model year, a redesigned TT debuted for 2008. The V6 engine carried over as an option, while a 200-horsepower turbo-four was the standard fare. A 265-horsepower performance-tuned TTS model was introduced as well. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive became standard in the TT for 2010, and the TT RS launched for 2012. The TT's current generation began with the 2016 model year.

Which Audi TT Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Audi TT is available as a four-seat coupe or a two-seat roadster (convertible). There are three trim levels: TT, TTS, and TT RS. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive comes standard in all trims, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The biggest difference between trims is their performance specs. If you want the strongest engine and rousing performance, go for the TT RS. Otherwise, most shoppers will be thrilled with the performance and tech features in the base trim, which comes with nearly every amenity Audi offers in the TT.

Audi TT

The base Audi TT coupe ($45,500) comes with a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and Audi Drive Select, which lets you adjust the car’s suspension settings.

Standard features include an MMI controller with handwriting recognition, wireless device charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, two SD card readers, a nine-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch screen.

You also get leather and Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, an adaptive rear spoiler, a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The Audi TT roadster offers those same features, plus a power-operated retractable soft top. It retails for $49,000.

Audi TTS

Moving up to the Audi TTS coupe ($54,500) gets you a more powerful version of the base engine, which generates 288 horsepower.

The TTS gains an upgraded Virtual Cockpit with sport mode, as well as a magnetic ride suspension and 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats with side bolsters. The TTS also comes with sporty upgrades like front and rear bumpers, side sills, a rear diffuser, and 19-inch wheels with performance tires.

Audi TT RS

The Audi TT RS coupe ($67,600) comes with a 394-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder engine, an RS-tuned magnetic ride suspension, and progressive steering.

Upgrades include matte-finish wheels with red brake calipers, a fixed rear-wing spoiler, a rear diffuser, dual oval exhaust outlets, and front sport seats with Fine Nappa leather, honeycomb stitching, and RS embossing.

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 2020 Audi TT specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Audi TT is a great luxury sports car. Its lively handling makes it a thrill to drive, and it’s also comfortable enough for day-to-day travel. The base engine feels somewhat lackluster in a class full of powerhouses, but it’s far from sluggish. The TT is quite swanky inside, as Audi paid close attention to the design, materials, build quality, and high-tech features in this ultra-modern car.

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

  • "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
  • "We're glad the 2020 Audi TT exists, as it's a bright spot in a sea of mundane SUVs and sedans that seem to have taken over the road in recent years. With its iconic rounded exterior and uniquely-styled, upscale interior (with no center infotainment screen), the TT makes a great statement, and offers excellent handling and good overall driving dynamics to match." -- Autotrader
  • "Audi says it committed to making a pure sports car for this 3rd-generation TT even going so far as to call it a 'baby brother' to the vaunted Audi R8 exotic. That, to be honest, is a stretch, but there's no doubt that the 2018 Audi TT and 2018 TTS have the performance and handling chops to take on its rivals from Porsche and BMW." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018) 
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