2016 Audi TT Review

Despite having an elegant interior, the 2016 Audi TT finishes in the bottom third of our rankings. It trails its rivals when it comes to engine power and cornering agility, and it has a below-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, elegant interior
  • Weaker engines than competitors
  • Lackluster handling




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Audi TT Overview

Is the 2016 Audi TT a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Audi TT is one of the more affordable used luxury sports cars. It may not be the most dynamic car, but most buyers should find its performance sufficient. Its standard all-wheel-drive system endows it with respectable road grip, also making it a respectable foul-weather vehicle. The more powerful TTS trim will satisfy your need for zestier acceleration, but it’s still not a track car. Another factor that makes the TT enjoyable is its virtual cockpit multimedia instrument panel with a 12.3-inch screen. This Audi also has good cargo space for the segment.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed nine professional evaluations for this 2016 Audi TT review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 Audi TT?

Based on listings on our site, the 2016 Audi TT has an average price of about $32,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location. The 2016 TT ranges in price from about $23,000 to roughly $42,400.

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How Much Does the 2016 Audi TT Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Audi TT are estimated to be about $32,074. That’s well below average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New TT?

Starting at $43,950, the Audi TT gained only a few standard features for 2018. Front parking sensors became standard, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available. However, it’s difficult to justify the additional investment for so little in terms of additional features.

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No new luxury sports car is available for the same price as 2016 Audi TT. A nonluxury new sports car with a luxury feel that you might want to consider is the 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium, which you can get for $31,135. The Mustang provides lively handling, and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine spools up 90 more horsepower than the TT. The Mustang EcoBoost Premium also has leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, smartphone integration, and more front and rear legroom than the TT (though its back seat is still a child-only area).

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Which Model Year of the Audi TT Is Best?

Audi completely redesigned the TT for 2016. You’ll save money with models from the previous generation, but they have fewer standard and available features. The base engine is also slightly less powerful in pre-2016 models. The 2016 model’s exterior, interior, and powertrain improvements make it a better choice than previous editions.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Audi TT?

The 2016 Audi TT has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Audi TT Recalls

As of this writing the 2016 Audi TT has one open recall for side marker lights that may not illuminate. Make sure a dealer has fixed any recalls before buying a used car.

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Which Used Make Audi TT Is Right for Me?

Available as either a coupe or convertible, the 2016 Audi TT comes standard with a 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The TTS trim only comes as a hardtop, but it packs 292 horsepower under the hood. The coupe seats four, while the convertible is a two-seater.

The TTS is the better choice if you don't care about having a convertible. Along with its added power, its standard magnetic ride system adapts on the fly to adapt to changing road conditions, improving both ride comfort and cornering ability.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the TT?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2016 Audi TT. Rear parking sensors are included in every model. Front parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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2016 Audi TT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi TT or 2016 Porsche Boxster?

The 2016 Porsche Boxster is a more thrilling convertible to drive than the 2016 TT roadster. The Boxster has a lineup of powerful engines, nimble handling, and responsive steering, making it a blast to drive. The Boxster also has an above-average reliability rating, while the Audi's is below average. Although the Boxster is a better vehicle, its base price is about $11,000 higher than that of the 2016 TT.

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi TT or 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK focuses more on luxury than sportiness. It has a premium cabin, high-tech safety features, and an above-average reliability rating. The SLK and TT share similar performance scores, but the Mercedes' base engine has more 20 more horsepower while the Audi’s standard all-wheel drive provides better road grip. As a hardtop convertible, the SLK has a quieter cabin than the cloth-topped TT roadster. Your overall experience will likely be better with the SLK, and that’s no surprise considering its average price is $5,000 higher than the TT’s.

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2016 TT Performance

How Does the 2016 Audi TT Drive?

With standard all-wheel drive, the Audi TT has excellent road grip and feels sure-footed in harsh weather conditions. Still, the TT isn't quite as nimble around corners as you might expect from a luxury sports car.

Although the 2016 TT feels quite zippy with its base engine, it certainly isn't a powerhouse, and driving enthusiasts may not be satisfied with it. Press the accelerator, and you’ll probably notice some turbo lag before the car surges forward.

The 2016 Audi TT comes with a 220 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Audi TTS has a modified version of the turbocharged engine, and it makes 292 horsepower. Both models come with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that provides quick shifts.

Does the 2016 Audi TT Get Good Gas Mileage?

The EPA estimate for the 2016 TT is 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is typical for a four-cylinder sports car. The TTS is rated at 23/27 mpg city/highway.

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2016 TT Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 TT Seat?

The 2016 Audi TT coupe seats four, and the convertible seats two. Standard seating features include leather upholstery with faux suede inserts and 12-way power-adjustable, heated front seats with four-way lumbar adjustments. Upgraded Nappa leather upholstery is available, and the TTS comes with front sport seats with added side support.

The 2016 TT's front seats are well-designed and very adjustable, but the coupe's back seats are too small and best suited for kids on short trips. The cabin features a pleasing design and quality materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Audi TT?

The TT coupe has two sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats.

2016 Audi TT Features

The TT has a 12.3-inch display screen that serves as its instrument panel, displaying infotainment and navigation info in addition to the traditional gauges. The standard MMI infotainment system features a controller with handwriting recognition, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Push button start and rear parking sensors are also standard. Upgrades include a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, and a rearview camera.

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2016 Audi TT Dimensions

Audi TT Cargo Space

The 2016 Audi TT coupe has 12 cubic feet of cargo space. That's a large cargo capacity for a coupe, and the 50/50 split-folding rear seats provide even more space.

The TT roadster has 7.5 cubic feet of trunk room, which is more than what most convertibles offer. Notably, cargo space doesn’t decrease when the top is folded away.

2016 TT Length and Weight

The 2016 TT is 13.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,186 to 3,384 pounds, depending on how it is equipped.

Where Was the 2016 Audi TT Built?

Audi built the 2016 TT in Hungary.

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