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Audi TT

Research the 2012 Audi TT lineup

The Good

The 2012 Audi TT offers a smooth-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission, snappy acceleration and a smooth, powerful engine. It also gets excellent fuel economy for a performance car.

The Bad

There’s very little room in the rear seating row. The steering can feel a little unresponsive, and you don’t have the option to choose a manual transmission.

The Bottom Line

The Audi TT is fun to drive and is a solid, less expensive alternative to a Porsche or BMW M5.

Price

The Audi TT price varies, depending on which model you select from the lineup. Your three options include the base TT, the upgraded TTS and the revived TT RS, which offers top of the line performance. Different trim packages are available for all three models, including the Premium Plus coupe and convertible, and the Prestige coupe and convertible. This article focuses on the Audi TT; variations in specifications and performance between the TT, the TTS and the TT RS are noted in the sections which follow.

MSRP: $39,175 (Premium Plus) to $45,275 (Prestige)

Average paid: $37,765 (Premium Plus) to $43,885 (Prestige)

Performance

Acceleration and power

In 2011, Audi upgraded the TT’s 2.0 L turbocharged inline-4 engine, boosting its horsepower and torque outputs. Thanks to the boost, the Audi TT Quattro all-wheel drive coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 in a shade over five seconds. If you’re looking for high-end power, you’re going to want to investigate the Audi TT RS, with a powerful 360 horsepower engine that offers a significant boost in acceleration and power performance.

Handling and braking

Audi’s engineers have crafted a luxury sports car that is very adept at navigating twists and turns in the road at higher speeds. However, some Audi TT reviews feel that the car is almost too sure of itself in terms of handling and cornering, to the point of feeling a little stiff and wooden. To be fair, there are others who feel that the all-wheel drive is nothing short of flawless. All-wheel anti-lock brakes help you maintain control over the vehicle at all times, with generously sized rotors to ensure smooth, safe and even deceleration.

Interior

Seating

In the front, you will find sport seats which offer adjustable lumbar support and 10-way power controls. However, in the back you will find little more than a squishy closet. One of the major knocks against the 2012 Audi TT is its lack of room in the rear. While sports cars aren’t known for their amply rear seating capacity, one gets the impression that Audi conceived of this vehicle as a two-seater and added additional seats as an afterthought. However, to Audi’s credit, the combination Alcantara/leather upholstery is luxurious and comfortable.

Features

Audi also deserves full credit for loading the 2012 TT coupe with high-end standard features. In addition to must-haves like power windows, power locks, cruise control, a trip computer/driver information center, remote entry and immobilizer/anti-theft system, small touches such as brushed aluminum inlays and a leather-wrapped steering wheel make a big difference. The car’s factory entertainment system consists of a 9-speaker, 140-watt AM/FM radio data system with speed-sensitive volume control, CD and MP3 playback capability, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

Cargo space

The 2012 Audi TT has a surprisingly generous cargo capacity of 24.7 cubic feet, which is more than twice as much as you will find in the BMW M5.

Safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test ratings were unavailable for the 2012 Audi TT, which is common for vehicles in the luxury class. Standard safety features include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Ventilated front brake rotors
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Anti-slip traction and regulation control
  • Electronic vehicle stability assistance
  • Electronic rear brake force distribution
  • Airbags: dual-stage front airbags, driver and passenger head/thorax airbags, and driver and passenger knee airbags

Keep in mind that the body of the Audi TT coupe is 69 percent aluminum and only 31 percent steel. Even though the vehicle is designed to protect passengers in the event of a crash, statistics show a greater risk of serious injury in vehicles that are predominately made of aluminum.

Specifications

<p>While the Audi TT coupe is unchanged from 2011, the revival of the muscular TT RS is new for 2012.</p>

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with overdrive (manual transmission not available)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Turbocharged gasoline inline-4
  • Engine Size: 2.0 L
  • Horsepower: 211 @ 4300 rpm
  • Torque: 258 @ 1600-4200 rpm
  • MPG, City: 23 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 31 MPG
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