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2018 Audi TT Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

The 2018 Audi TT is lively with its four-cylinder engine and authoritative with its new five-cylinder engine. The standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system keeps the coupe glued to the pavement on twisty roads, with effortless steering and gratifying engine sounds adding to the enjoyment. The all-new TT RS kicks performance up a notch, but even so, this is not built to be an aggressive sports car. It is a composed car for cruising and touring, and the base model in particular lacks the verve offered by its more powerful rivals and upper TT models.

  • "Audi says it committed to making a pure sports car for this 3rd-generation TT and TTS, 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
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Despite its heavy lean towards performance driving, the TT RS makes for comfortable everyday driving." -- CNET (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Three powertrains are available for the 2018 TT, starting with the base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower. This engine powers the TT coupe and TT roadster and earns better fuel economy estimates than most in this class, getting 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The horsepower rating increases to 292 in the TTS, and highway gas mileage drops to 27 mpg. Both engines are mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. While acceleration with the base engine gets mixed reviews, the TTS is praised for its strong acceleration.

The all-new Audi TT RS comes with a 400-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It has a higher top speed than the TT coupe (up to 174 mph), accelerates faster than the TTS (reaching 60 mph in 3.6 seconds), and is accompanied by the unique, satisfying exhaust notes of a five-cylinder engine. Gas mileage is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

  • "There's no lack of power; the TT coupe gets to 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds, and the TTS gets there in … 4.6. Yet, despite all this sports-car talk, the TT and TTS remain surprisingly livable in quiet and relaxed driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2016)

Handling and Braking

All-wheel drive comes standard in every 2018 TT model, adding extra grip that's noticeable on both wet and dry roads. Also standard is Audi Drive Select, which allows the driver to adjust the handling setup into comfort, dynamic, efficiency, auto, and individual modes. On TTS and TT RS trims, the suspension is augmented with a magnetic ride system that adjusts in milliseconds to changing road conditions.

The TT feels composed on the highway and is fun to drive. Its steering feels precise, and overall grip is excellent. The TT RS model is better equipped for track driving.

  • "The way the Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system sends the 220 horsepower from the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to the ground is like adding gravity, keeping the car pinned in hairpin turns and high-speed sweepers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With all-wheel drive standard, it's a delight to unleash on a tight twisting mountain road, encouraging drivers to push harder with each turn." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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." -- Motor Trend (2017)

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