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2017 Audi TT Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Audi TT was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.5

The 2017 Audi TT's turbocharged four-cylinder engine has good power, but this touring car’s engine isn’t made for potent acceleration. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is quick and works well overall, though you may have some problems when downshifting in manual mode. Fuel economy is outstanding for the class, due to the TT's smaller-than-average engine. With standard all-wheel drive, the TT can maintain road grip in inclement weather. However, its handling and steering aren't as sharp as you might expect from a sports car.

  • "The Audi TT's appeal is more than skin-deep, too. The 2.0-liter engine delivers a healthy punch of power and its sharp handling is enhanced with standard all-wheel drive. Thankfully, all of this athleticism doesn't come at the expense of comfort, as it's easy to live with from day to day." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its heavy lean towards performance driving, the TT RS makes for comfortable everyday driving." -- CNET
  • "For its first two generations, the Audi TT straddled the line between sports coupe and sports car: fun, but not quite up to the bar set by Porsche and BMW. For this generation, Audi says its goal was to create a true sports car, even going so far as to call it a 'baby brother' to the R8 supercar. While that might be a bit of a stretch, there's no doubt that the 2017 Audi TT and TTS are the real deal." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 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 manual transmission is not available in either model.

The base Audi TT gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The roadster gets the same estimates, while the TTS earns 23 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. Those estimates are excellent for the class.

While the TT moves quite quickly with the base engine, the engine is far from a powerhouse. When you hit the gas, you're likely to notice some turbo lag before the car moves. The transmission shifts quickly overall, but it can be overwhelmed when you downshift multiple times using manual mode. The highlight of the TT's engine is its throaty engine note.

  • "It's a joy to drive on almost any road, with its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 220 turbocharged horses to all four wheels, helping fling the Audi TT from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds (5.6 for the roadster)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The engine note gives the compact TT RS a surprising presence as it thunders down the road or revs at a stop, like a toddler with the bellow of a giant." -- CNET
  • "Fortunately, the motor is there to carry the day. Adding the 'RS' to the name gets you the pomp and circumstance of the five-cylinder and its genuinely tremendous speed and acceleration. If you're left cold by the 718 Cayman's new turbocharged heart, the sound and the fury of the little Audi may be enough to draw you toward the altar of Quattro." -- Autoweek

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Audi TT has excellent road grip and feels sure-footed in harsh weather conditions, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. Still, the TT isn't quite as athletic around corners as you might want in a sports car. The Audi 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, which is too light.

  • "We associate Audi with its quattro all-wheel-drive system and for good reason. Its abilities were proven on rally cars worldwide, and even if you aren't amusing your inner Michele Mouton, you'll appreciate this system's grip on slick roads during inclement weather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Regardless of which shocks are fitted, the TT RS is, in utter contrast to the regular TT, grin-inducing fun when you dial up Dynamic mode, toggle the stability control to Sport, and point it at a wriggling back road. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted, and the Audi dives for the apex the moment you pull the rim off center for a corner. If you've come in too hot and the front end starts to push, a momentary lift instantly gets the car to rotate, kicking the tail out, and tucking the nose back on line." -- Motor Trend
  • "In the turns, Audi's typically light steering let me point the TT RS through the apexes, and where I really pushed it I could feel the car drift a little as it rotated. Miscalculating a braking point during my first solo run on the track, I was sure my car was heading into the dirt on one of the hairpins, but the TT RS' agility let me hold it on the edge of the turn, making for a terrible line but saving me from ultimate embarrassment." -- CNET

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