New for 2015The Audi TTS makes heated front seats standard and makes a leather-covered roll-bar an option for 2015. Also added is an optional Competition package, which includes: a fixed rear spoiler, a five-spoke wheel design, black brake calipers, Imola Yellow or Nimbus Gray exterior paint, and Baseball Optic leather seats with Imola yellow accents and contrast stitching. A new TT debuts for the 2016 model year.
Vehicle OverviewThe Audi TTS is a coupe and convertible that offers more power and enhanced handling over the base TT and TT Roadster.
SummaryThe 2015 Audi TTS is powered by a 265-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that produces 258 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and the automaker’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy is an identical 22/31 mpg city/highway regardless of your choice to embrace or reject drop-top motoring.
The Audi TTS builds on the iconic TT shape, adding character with revised exterior bits, without diluting the excellent looks. Though the focus is on driving, the TTS doesn’t disappoint inside, with features such as heated silk Nappa leather seats, a Bose sound system, an auto-dimming interior mirror, and ambient LED interior lighting. Outside HID headlights with LED daytime running lights provide illumination, while magnetic ride control and parking sensors make the drive more enjoyable and comfortable.
The 2015 Audi TTS has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We ThinkThe 2015 Audi TTS is a capable performer, and its looks have aged well despite, but new arrivals from parent company Volkswagen have thrown the car's value into question. In a review of a 2011 Audi TTS we said, “[the TTS is] basically an affluent adult's alternative to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, which isn't an unfair comparison when you remember that the Evo MR isn't all that cheap these days. But then I remember the GTI.”
We argued that the TTS at least had the advantage of AWD over the GTI, but times have changed. With the introduction of the Golf R, which gets a more powerful turbocharged I-4, AWD, an MSRP of about $12,000 less, an extra pair of doors, and usable back seats, the TTS seems like an unreasonable buy, especially with a 2016 redesign on the way. Our advice: wait for the 2016 Audi TT, or take a look at the GTI or the Golf R, depending on your traction needs and power wants.
- Comfortable high-quality interior
- More power than the base TT
- Snappy dual-clutch automatic
You Won’t Like
- Golf R is more powerful, has AWD, and $12,000 cheaper
- No TT RS anymore
- No manual transmission
- Mercedes Benz SLK-Class
- BMW Z4
- Volkswagen Golf R