There are few cars as easy to pick out of a crowd than the Audi TT, the stylish coupe and roadster that have been a part of this German automaker’s lineup for 20 years.
The TT received a comprehensive redesign in 2016 to keep the car fresh in the face of competitors like the Porsche Cayman and Boxster and the BMW Z4. Speaking of the Z4, Audi will have to contend with a new version of that car soon, along with a reborn Toyota Supra(!) that will share much of its mechanical makeup with the BMW(!!).
For 2019, the TT once again comes in a single trim simply called TT, but it gets a new 18-inch wheel design and is now standard with a backup camera (mandated for all cars sold in Canada from May 2018) and a fuel-saving start-stop system for the engine.
The TT’s 2.0L engine is also new, adding eight hp for a new total of 228 (torque remains at 258 lb-ft) and coming with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to replace last year’s six-speed.
For those who crave more power, Audi makes the TTS and TT RS, which are covered in separate buyer’s guide entries.
The base TT’s modest power doesn’t put it too far ahead of less pricey cars like the Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 and Mazda MX-5, in case you’re in the mood for similarly sharp handling at a more accessible cost.
Standard features include 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, selectable drive modes, backup camera, heated seats with power adjustments, LED taillights and interior lighting, the virtual cockpit digital gauge cluster, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, MMI touch infotainment and an auto-dimming function for the rearview mirror and power-folding side mirrors.
As is the case with many low-volume cars, the TT can’t be had with active safety features like collision warning, automatic braking and lane keeping assist. Options are more conventional, with the list including things like navigation, passive keyless entry, LED headlights and dynamic rear turn signals, and a sport package that bundles bigger wheels with a tauter suspension and cosmetic touches. That said, Audi does at least offer wireless smartphone charging, and there’s a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo to fill the tiny cabin with sound.
Audi hasn’t published its 2019 fuel consumption estimates yet, but the TT’s should be a little lower than those for last year thanks to this year’s updated engine and new transmission. Those 2018 figures were 10.1/7.8 L/100 km (city/highway).
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed