Audi TT 2019 - A desirable Sports Coupe and Roadster
The Audi TT is a popular and desirable sports car, which is available as a Coupe or Roadster. It offers speed, power and performance, but also blends in quality, style and sophistication. Making it a great all-round car, suitable for many occasions.
The TT began life back in 1998 and was instantly an eye-catching poster car. Priced such that people could afford it and not just dream of owning it. Since its production, the Audi TT has gone on to sell over 500,000 units and is one of Audi's best selling car over that period.
The Audi TT is now in its 3rd generation and keeps all of the original blueprint stylings. With only minor tweaks and technical updates to keep up with modern advancements. The new 2019 TT is a mid-life, face-lifted version of this, featuring the latest Audi technology and a new engine line up. All petrol, with no diesel options available. There's a choice of FWD or the Quattro AWD set-ups, depending on trim level ranging from Sport up to top-spec Vorsprung.
The Audi TT falls into a hugely competitive market with stiff competition coming from the various models by BMW, Porsche and Toyota. The TT is a brilliant car with excellent versatility and superb driving characteristics. As well as having top-notch performance aspects, it's also at ease as a daily driver.
Audi has split the TT range into three basic model choices, TT, TTS and TT RS. The TT is the standard model with the TTS slightly more sporty featuring a more powerful engine, while the TT RS is a full sport version with a 400hp engine.
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Engines, Power and Performance
Audi has removed the diesel engine from the TT range leaving a choice of a 2-litre petrol engine with three varying power outputs and a 2.5-litre petrol engine.
The standard TT comes as either the 40 TFSI or 45 TFSI, both use the same 2-litre turbocharged engine, with the 40 TFSI developing 194hp and the 45 TFSI 242hp. The 40 TFSI is coupled with a seven-speed, S Tronic automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive only. Choose the 45 TFSI, and you get a couple of extra options. You can choose to have front-wheel-drive or the Audi Quattro AWD system, along with either a six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed S Tronic automatic. The 40 TFSI will hit 0-62mph in 6.6secs, while the 45 TFSI manages just 5.8secs thanks to the excellent S Tronic transmission offering fast and smooth gear changes.
The mid-range sporty TTS gets the same 2-litre TFSI turbocharged engine but the power output ramps up to 302hp. The TTS comes with the Audi Quattro AWD system and seven-speed S Tronic transmission as standard and is capable of hitting 0-62mph in just 4.5secs.
The range-topping Audi TT RS gets a delightful 2.5-litre TFSI five-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 396hp and 480Nm of torque. It will hit 0-62mph in just 3.7secs and go on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Take the limiter off, and the TT RS will climb up to 174mph. Again, as with the TTS, the TT RS gets the Audi Quattro AWD system and seven-speed S Tronic transmission as standard.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Audi TT is minimalist, yet still looks elegant and charming. There's no large centre control screen cluttering the dashboard; instead, Audi has installed their latest "Virtual Cockpit". The Virtual Cockpit is a 12.3-inch digital colour display instrument cluster, which is used instead of the normal touchscreen found in most of today's cars. It controls most functions, including the infotainment system (Audi MMI).
The entry-level Audi TT doesn't come with a vast amount of equipment/features as standard; most are optional extras. These include sat-nav and Audi Connect infotainment services, which are included as part of the Technology Package, as well as replacing the analogue speedometer and rev counter.
The Virtual Cockpit can be controlled by a rotary controller, located on the centre console or by buttons on the multi-functional steering wheel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available on the higher trim TT's.
The front sports seats are made of Alcantara and leather, are soft and comfortable and come manually adjustable and power-adjustable lumbar support along with being heated. The build quality and materials used throughout the cabin are of the highest quality, as with all Audi cars.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Audi TT is set up as a 2+2; however, there is very little space in the back for adults even if they could squeeze in. A couple of small children would be fine. Luckily the majority of potential buyers would not be purchasing the TT as a people carrying car, but more a 2-seat sports car. In the front, driver and passenger will not be short of space with a generous amount of legroom, headroom and shoulder space.
There are a few storage cubbies in the cabin, including a couple of door pockets, a decent-sized glovebox and cupholder, to name a few. The boot space in the Audi TT is above average with a capacity of 305-litres. Once you put the rear seats down (which lie very flat), capacity grows to a spacious 712-litres. All of this space makes the Audi TT, a great car for couples to take on holiday, cruising down to the South of France.
The Audi TT was last safety tested back in 2015 by the Euro NCAP guys and only managed a 4-star rating. However, this is a little misleading as the TT was the first car to be tested under the new strict, higher standard guidelines. The score was put down to a lack of the latest advanced safety technologies. Audi has now rectified this, with models now featuring a host of safety assists and features as standard, along with multiple optional packages. If the TT were to be tested again, I would be confident that it would achieve a top 5-star mark.
The Audi TT is a great car, and anyone looking at getting a sports car must get down to there local Audi dealership and take a test drive. It looks good, drives fantastic and is more practical than you'd think. Audi has hit the nail on the head with the TT. Any changes have been subtle, so as not to take away from what made it so popular in the first place.