2018 Audi TT Review

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2018 Audi TT Overview

When it first came out in the late ‘90s, the Audi TT wasn’t much to write home about. It looked every bit the part of a tossable 2-seater sports car, but with a front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform and little performance per dollar, it wasn’t taken all that seriously by driving enthusiasts. In the ensuing two decades, however, the TT has seen significant improvements without sacrificing any of its fantastic looks. Following a 2016 redesign, no major changes on are on the table for 2018 aside from a few package updates and additional standard features.

Base TT models are still offered as either a 2+2 coupe or a 2-seater roadster, with its sportier TTS and new TT RS sibling models available only in coupe configuration. The TT is equipped with a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which by itself is more than enough to have fun with and will get the coupe from 0-60 mph in a respectable 5.3 seconds (5.6 in convertible form).

Fans of chuckable little sports cars might be a bit disappointed in the TT’s all-wheel-drive (AWD)-only configuration and the lack of a manual transmission option, as it’s offered only with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Since most of the weight now sits over the front of the platform, it has also been criticized for not being all that well balanced. It does, however, come standard with the Audi Drive Select system, which allows drivers to select driving modes that adjust shift patterns, throttle response, steering, and the AWD system. Other performance features include an adaptive rear spoiler that rises at 75 mph and lowers at 44 mph.

As one would expect from a modern Audi, the fit and finish of the TT are pretty impressive, as is its list of standard features. The cabin is outfitted with leather upholstery, ambient lighting, automatic climate control, Audi’s programmable Virtual Cockpit, a 9-speaker stereo, HD and satellite radio capability, and Bluetooth. An available Technology package adds a Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker stereo, a navigation system, and a smartphone interface.

2018 sees two newly available option packages for the TT—the S Line Competition package and the Exclusive Interior package. The S Line package adds mainly sporty appearance features like aluminum door sills, red-painted brake calipers, unique sport seats, and a flat-bottom steering wheel, but it does bring a bit of performance cred with the S-line sport suspension. The Exclusive Interior package, meanwhile, comes with Nappa leather upholstery, diamond stitching for the front seats, and more leather trim for the cabin.

With 2 seats and just 7.5 cubic feet of trunk space, the TT roadster is intended only for short trips around town. The 4-seat coupe has a more reasonable 12 cubic feet of cargo room, but although it technically has a rear seat, adults won’t exactly be comfortable back there. As for safety features, the 2018 model comes standard with a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, and buyers can opt for blind-spot monitors and active lane control.

The TT is a fun, attractive, and sporty car, but it doesn’t stand head and shoulders above anything else. For those who take their driving a little more seriously and can do without the TT’s package shelf of a back seat, vehicles like the Porsche Cayman, BMW 2 Series, or Jaguar F-Type are tempting alternatives.

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Andrew Newton first got into cars through vintage racing a Formula Vee. After receiving history degrees, he followed his passion for cars and became a contributor for sites like Sports Car Digest, BoldRide.com and JamesEdition.com in addition to serving as Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. Andrew currently covers the collector car market full time as Auction Editor for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.

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