2014 Audi TT Review

April 23, 2014
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With attractive styling, outstanding interior quality, quattro all-wheel drive and grin-inducing performance, the 2014 Audi TT is an affordable deal at just below $40,000. Its high-performance sibling, though, the TT RS, has been discontinued for the year.

NEW FOR THE 2014 TT

  • standard 12-speaker Bose audio system, ambient LED interior lighting and S line exterior styling
  • discontinuation of the TT RS
  • S line Competition Package’s availability for roadster models

UNDER THE HOOD

A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque propels the 2014 Audi TT. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive and a 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission are standard. Based on EPA ratings, the 2014 TT returns 22 mpg around town, 31 mpg on highways and 26 combined mpg.

ON THE ROAD

The turbocharged four provides the TT with respectable power. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission that goes with it shifts quickly, making power delivery more efficient. But 211 horsepower is not much for the segment. Many of the TT’s rivals have power plants that put out 300 or more horsepower. This is also the reason some test drivers found the TT’s acceleration a step behind many competing cars.

The TT’s handling is secure and controlled but its cornering ability is not as entertaining as performance-focused cars. Overall, the Audi TT is a good luxury companion for daily commutes. But if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive vehicle, the TT might not fully satisfy your craving.

INSIDE THE 2014 TT

Audi never fails to show off in all its vehicles its ability to craft exquisite cabins. The TT’s interior looks and feels upscale with elegant interior design and high-grade material quality. The gauge cluster and control layout are also easy to understand.

The front seats provide ample support and comfort for enthusiastic driving. But the rear seats in the coupe are practically useless. They are too small for normal-size adults.  You can make good use of the space, though, by stashing your stuff in there. In addition, the convertible’s soft top effectively seals out all the elements when it’s up. Stowing time is just 15 seconds.

The cargo spaces of the coupe and the convertible are acceptable. The roadster’s trunk measures 8.8 cubic feet—not bad for the segment. The coupe’s trunk, which opens like a hatchback, offers 13.1 cubic feet of space. This can be expanded to 24.7 cubic feet by folding the rear seatbacks down.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Audi TT coupe and roadster come in only one trim level. They are automatically equipped with hill hold assist, xenon headlights with washers, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, side-mirror-integrated LED turn signals, adaptive rear spoiler, S line exterior appearance, 50/50 split folding rear seatbacks, 12-way power front sport seats with lumbar adjustments, leather/Alcantara upholstery, ambient LED interior lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, automatic climate control, 12-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers.

The TT roadster just adds trunk load-through with ski bag, acoustic folding roof, and power wind deflector.

Also available are rear parking sensors, iPod integration, SD card slots, navigation system, S line Competition Package, heated front seats, and baseball-optic leather seats.

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