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2019 Audi TT Performance Review

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Performance: 8.7

The 2019 Audi TT is lively and potent, and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system keeps it composed on winding roads. The base model feels a bit underpowered by class standards, though the available engines have plenty of pep. On the plus side, fuel economy estimates with the base engine are fantastic for the segment.

  • "The TT enjoys a smooth engine, superb grip, precise handling, a relatively quiet cabin and a ride quality that's obviously sporty, but not jarring. The TTS amplifies those qualities just as it amplifies engine power. The TT and the TTS are fully qualified to compete with sporty compact coupes (and convertibles) from BMW and Porsche." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2018)
  • "Despite its heavy lean towards performance driving, the TT RS makes for comfortable everyday driving." -- CNET (2017)

Acceleration and Power

There are three turbocharged engines to choose from in this Audi, all of which are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base coupe and roadster have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower, while the TTS takes this engine and wrings out 288 horsepower. The performance-oriented Audi TT RS features a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that puts out 394 horsepower.

Acceleration in the base trim gets mixed reviews. It’s no slouch, but it wouldn’t win a short sprint against rivals. The TTS and TT RS feel more energetic, and the RS boasts a breakneck zero-to-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.

Regardless of body style, Audi TT models with the base engine get EPA estimates of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those are decent estimates among luxury sports cars. The TTS coupe gets the same city estimates, but highway figures drop to 29 mpg. The EPA has not evaluated the TT RS as of this writing.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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

Standard Quattro all-wheel drive and a Drive Select system that allows the driver to adjust handling for greater comfort or sportiness help make this Audi fun to drive. Its excellent traction lets it tackle twists and turns with confidence. The higher-level TTS and TT RS trims add a magnetic ride system that near-instantaneously adjusts the suspension to varying road conditions.

  • "The new TTS is fitted with the latest generation of Audi's Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system, which takes a lot of the guess work out of fast corners. With torque being shuffled quickly, front-to-back and side-to-side when needed, I could throw the TTS into bends quicker, and the forgiving nature of the handling meant that a less-than-perfect line though a sequence of bends went largely unpunished." -- CNET
  • "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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