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2016 Audi TT Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Audi TT was new.


Performance: 8.2

According to critics, the 2016 Audi TT's turbocharged four-cylinder engine has good power, but it could use a bit more. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is quick and performs well overall, though you may have some problems with downshifting in manual mode. Fuel economy is typical for a four-cylinder sports car. Audi's all-wheel drive system provides excellent road grip, but the TT's handling and steering isn’t as sharp as you might expect from a sports car.

  • "This is a TT with its keenest edge yet. It's still not a sports car in the true sense of the term, but it isn't afraid of a spirited charge through the twisting back roads of Portland, Oregon, where our drive took place." -- Edmunds
  • "There's no drama, there's no fuss. And when you're a bit green around the ears when it comes to drama and fuss, but still want a little fun, there's the TT." -- Jalopnik
  • "As a daily driver or simple weekend roadster, it is the best version of Audi's $42,900 coupe we've seen to date." -- Bloomberg
  • "Audi says its goal with the new TT was to create a true sports car. The German automaker went as far as to call it a ‘baby brother’ to the R8 supercar. We were eager to hear the 2016 TT answer, and it roared. The new Audi TT is a joy to drive on almost any road." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Audi TT comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Audi TTS has a modified version of the turbocharged engine, and it makes 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Audi estimates that the TTS will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard in both models. The EPA estimates that the 2016 TT gets 23/30 mpg city/highway, which is typical for a four-cylinder 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 the turbo lag before the car lurches forward. The transmission performs well and is fast-shifting overall, though if you try downshifting multiple times in manual mode you may overwhelm the system.

  • "It all feels fast, sure, but there is that noticeable delay between when you press the gas and when the TT shoots forward like a bee. And without too much effort you can skid quite easily in this on a fast exit ramp dismount. This is fun, potentially, but it's not an especially good thing." -- Bloomberg
  • "That 220-horsepower, 258 pound-foot, 2.0-liter four-cylinder - while punchy - kept feeling like it was the one weak link in the chain. Yes, this may be the ideal first sports car for people not ready for the really hardcore metal, but it could definitely use more power than it has." -- Jalopnik
  • "The TT's 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unleashes smooth, strong revving and a satisfying wave of torque (258 pounds-feet) along most of the tachometer's rev range. Unfortunately, the whole experience comes in timid spurts: Editors agreed the accelerator exhibits considerable lag, and the dual-clutch automatic wants to upshift as soon as possible and resist kickdown until your foot is halfway to the floor." -- Cars.com
  • "The 2.0-liter sounds good, revs nicely and puts the power down smoothly. Turbo lag? Nah. Not that I could tell, anyway. Finally a dual clutch I like. It's delightful, whether playing with the paddles or not -- quick, well-timed up and downshifts." -- AutoWeek
  • "The quick wits of the standard dual-clutch automatic transmission give it impressively fleet responses when asked to make sudden progress in drive, although the system sometimes struggles to cope with requests for multiple downshifts made while in manual mode." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

With its standard all-wheel drive system, 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 a sports car to be. The 2016 TT comes with Audi's Drive Select system, which allows you to adjust transmission, suspension, and steering settings as well as throttle response. Unfortunately, switching between modes doesn't make much difference in steering feedback. Steering is also light overall.

  • "Steering is similarly light on the TT, but it's direct, which makes jumping lanes and hit gaps in traffic easy. At full tilt in turn, say on a cloverleaf on ramp, I'd like a little more road feel though." -- AutoWeek
  • "Grip levels are high but there's little sense of adjustability beyond the ability to tighten the front end's trajectory by easing off the throttle. At the limit there's well-contained steady-state understeer. As usual, the switchable steering feels most natural when Audi Drive Select is in Comfort mode, and the Dynamic setting makes steering effort heavier without adding any additional sensation." -- Car and Driver
  • "Out in the real world, where you don't always know exactly what the next corner looks like, the TT isn't able to string a section of winding road together with quite the composure you expect. And the compact luxury coupe demeanor that might otherwise justify the $43,825 base price evaporates on coarse tarmac amid an unseemly roar of tire noise." -- Motor Trend
  • "This all-wheel-drive system has long been synonymous with the Audi itself, and its abilities have been proven in rally cars worldwide. Even if you're not sliding an Audi TT around a dirt track, it's easy to appreciate this system's grip in spirited drives or on slick roads during inclement weather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Considering that the ride quality among similarly priced alternatives - like the BMW 2 Series and Z4, or the Lexus RC 350 - ranges from livable to generous, the TT could stand more refinement." -- Cars.com

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