2019 Audi TTS Review

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2019 Audi TTS Overview

The Audi TT has been around for 20 years now, which is a remarkable run for just about any automobile, let alone a sports car. The sportier TTS, available in either coupe or convertible form, is a good middle-ground for those who want a livelier driving experience than in the base car but either don’t need or can’t afford the much more serious performance of the RS. Underneath the bodywork, the car shares its basic platform with the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.

The TTS features the same engine found in the base TT, boosting horsepower to 288 and torque to 280 pound-feet. It also adds larger brakes, larger wheels, and magnetic ride suspension, which is reportedly much better to drive than the base setup. The TTS also drops the 0-60 mph time to 4.4 seconds. The TTS manages 23 mpg highway, 29 highway, and 25 combined with premium fuel.

One of the more interesting things about the TTS is its interior. The center of the dash isn’t dominated by a large, glaring infotainment screen. Instead, all of the relevant controls fit into the digital gauge cluster in front of the driver, something Audi calls the Virtual Cockpit. The climate controls also fit into the center of the air vents themselves in another touch of unconventional style. Standard features include ambient lighting, leather-and-Alcantara seats, parking sensors, and Bluetooth. Buyers can also order the TTS with a Technology package that adds a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an available WiFi hotspot. An S Sport package adds diamond-stitched seats and more leather.

Cargo space is decent for a sports car at 12 cubic feet, and while the convertible is predictably smaller behind the seats with 7.5 cubic feet of room, it impressively doesn’t sacrifice any of that space with the roof lowered. However, choose the convertible and you lose the rear seats. The TTS hasn’t been crash-tested and other than standard parking sensors and optional blind-spot monitors and active lane-control, it doesn't feature the long list of active safety features found on other Audis.

With plenty of power and style, the Audi TTS is worth a look.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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