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2014 Audi TT Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Audi TT was new.


Performance: 8.0

Reviewers say that the 2014 Audi TT is unlikely to appeal to sports car buyers looking for explosive acceleration and sharp, athletic handling. Still, they say it accelerates reasonably well given its limited horsepower compared to rivals. Test drivers write that its ride is comfortable and add that the standard all-wheel drive system gives it good grip for cornering. Test drivers are impressed with the TT's fuel economy and like the quick-shifting nature of the standard dual-clutch transmission.

  • "Performance is certainly sufficient, and AWD provides some extra wet-weather confidence. But high-performance junkies will have to place their bets with the souped-up 265-hp TTS variant (reviewed separately)." -- Edmunds
  • "In short, the TT offers a great ride, great power and great fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I was fortunate to get an additional weekend in this sexy coupe, and it made for fun, enthusiastic driving that nicely blended athleticism with comfort." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Audi TT coupe and roadster are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard. The TT is rated at an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to that of its closest rivals in the class.

The TTS coupe and roadster also have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but in these models, it makes 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The TTS is also equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Audi estimates that the TTS accelerates to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

According to test drivers, the TT offers lively acceleration and is entertaining to drive considering the size of its engine, though critics note that consumers looking for more authoritative acceleration offered by rival muscle or sports cars will likely be disappointed with the TT's output. Reviewers are pleased with the transmission's smooth and quick shifts.

  • "The TT's 2.0T engine is the same one that's standard in the A4 sedan, but it has less mass to motivate here, so there's enthusiastic acceleration on tap whenever you goose the throttle. The automated manual transmission is even more impressive, upshifting instantaneously and downshifting smoothly thanks to precise rev-matching. Of course, there are much faster cars available for similar coin, but no one would ever accuse the TT of being slow." -- AutoTrader
  • "Though its exhaust note might not stir your soul, the 2014 Audi TT's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers respectable power and performance over a broad rpm range. The quick-shifting dual-clutch automated manual transmission helps make the most of that output. Still, 211 hp isn't much in this segment, where 300-plus horsepower is more typical. As such, for driving enthusiasts the TT's acceleration will seem subpar." -- Edmunds
  • "While we mourn the loss of the traditional manual shifter found on the terminated TT RS, Audi's S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission left little to complain about." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say the all-wheel drive 2014 Audi TT has controlled, predictable handling that makes it enjoyable to drive, as well as a stiff, yet comfortable, ride. However, most agree that it is less nimble through corners and its steering lacks the precision of more hard-core sports cars like the Porsche Boxster. Still, most concede that if you're looking for a fun sports car that is comfortable to drive every day, the TT should fit the bill.

  • "On winding roads, the TT may not be a serious performance car, but it's pretty fun to drive anyway. Grip from the Quattro all-wheel-drive system is tenacious, and the engine and transmission complement the chassis nicely. Predictably, the ride is firm, but it's never harsh, and the optional magnetic dampers make the TT even suppler. If you're drawn to the TT's unique sense of style, you'll probably be quite pleased with how it drives." -- AutoTrader
  • "… the TT's handling is stable and secure, but compared to more focused sports cars, it doesn't feel as sharp or entertaining on roads with tight turns. This isn't necessarily a deal breaker for urban commuters, but if driving enjoyment is a priority for you, you'll find that the 2014 Audi TT has a lower fun factor than some rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "The TT may lack the precise turn-in found with the Boxster and Z4, but the way it holds in corners and its stable, smooth ride make us think all but the most zealous of drivers will find the trade-off more than acceptable." -- Kelley Blue Book

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