New for 2015
The Audi TT remains largely the same for 2015, but makes heated seats and new wheel designs standard equipment. The TTS is now available with a Competition package that gets exclusive paint colors and yellow-accented seats. The TT will be redesigned for the 2016 model year.
The Audi TT is a coupe and soft-top convertible that fits below the R8 as the automaker’s smallest coupe sports car. While there was a TT RS model that sported a turbocharged I-5, it is no longer available.
The 2015 Audi TT is powered by two versions of the automaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 both paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic that drives all four wheels through the automaker’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system. The standard version of the turbo-four makes 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the version found in TTS models makes 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22/31 mpg city/highway, regardless of power level or the lack of a real roof.
The TT remains one of the most iconic designs on the road today, especially in coupe form. Notable 2015 TT features include HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, leather/Alcantara heated seats, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, and an adaptive rear spoiler.
The 2015 Audi TT has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We Think
Compared to the previous-generation car, the 2015 Audi TT offers buyers only a few choices, but after sampling many of them we think the automaker made the right choice for the U.S. market. Sure, we loved the now-gone TT RS with its manual transmission, but for around $41,000 for a base coupe, the $26,000 Volkswagen GTI that shares the same powertrain is starting to look like an enthusiast’s bargain. The Audi TT boasts AWD over the VW as well as a better design, but in the Audi’s price range, buyers may start to think about all the other incredibly competent sports cars also available.
In an Editor’s Notebook Review of a 2011 Audi TTS we noted, “for a relatively tiny cabin, the interior is incredibly inviting and makes me dream of über-long stints behind the wheel. To the interior’s credit are comfortable seats, surprisingly ample luggage space, and a sporty yet functional design.”
Taken on its own merits, this TT is a perfectly reasonable $50,000 sport coupe – great-looking, executed to the usual Audi standards, and fun to drive in weather that puts most coupes in the garage … But then I remember the GTI. True, the VW is less powerful and down two drive wheels, yet it offers just as much reward behind the wheel, is very nearly as refined, and costs a solid $20,000 less.
- Fuel economy is the same on the higher-output TTS model
- Standard AWD
- Comfortable seats
You Won’t Like
- No manual transmission option
- No more TT RS
- Powertrain shared with a far less expensive VW
- Mercedes Benz SLK-Class
- BMW Z4
- Volkswagen GTI