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2020 Audi TT Review

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We're glad the 2020 Audi TT exists, as it's a bright spot in a sea of mundane SUVs and sedans that seem to have taken over the road in recent years. With its iconic rounded exterior and uniquely-styled, upscale interior (with no center infotainment screen), the TT makes a great statement, and offers excellent handling and good overall driving dynamics to match.

It's no coincidence that the current TT's styling evokes the Audi R8 supercar. The R8 is a fantastic machine, but way of out most people's price range. The TT offers some of that brilliance at a far more approachable price.

The coupe is referred to as a 2+2, which means it has a pair of seats for normal people up front with accommodation for two elves behind them. We could put "ridiculously small back seat" in the "What We Don't Like" section, but the TT has been in existence for around 20 years, so it's not like it's some big unpleasant surprise. You're not buying this thing to haul around more than one other person.

Over those years, the TT has gone from being a touchstone for automotive design while not holding much sway among driving enthusiasts to something that drives quite well but has lost some design mojo in the process. With this third-generation model, Audi aims for both targets at the same time and is largely successful at hitting both.

That said, the future of the TT is in doubt, with rumors circulating that it will either need to evolve into a sleek four-door compact coupe or be discontinued altogether, as Audi and the greater VW group shift their focus toward electric vehicles and SUVs. Either way, there's still a lot to like about Audi's iconic sports coupe.

The performance-oriented TTS and TT RS are reviewed separately.

What's New for 2020?

The TT carries over into 2020 unchanged, save for the addition of an alarm system and a new color, called Pulse Orange. See the Audi TT models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Exclusivity
  • Sharp design
  • Sharp handling
  • Sharp acceleration

What We Don't

  • Lack of name recognition
  • No TTS Roadster version
  • Cup holders are small
  • Interior storage is weak

How Much?

$46,495-$56,000

Fuel Economy

The TT uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. You'll find the same powertrain under the hood of the Volkswagen GTI and the Jetta GLI. The transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates the both 2020 Audi TT coupe and roadster at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in combined driving.

Standard Features & Options

The 2020 Audi TT comes in coupe or 2-seat convertible (Roadster) form. Each body style offers just one trim level for 2020.

The TT Coupe ($46,495) has 18-in alloy wheels, full LED lighting, an automatic rear spoiler, dual exhaust tailpipes, heated windshield washer nozzles, keyless entry and ignition, selectable driving modes, automatic climate control, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors in the front and rear, heated front seats, leather/simulated suede (Alcantara) upholstery, heated power-folding and self-dimming side mirrors, a self-dimming rearview mirror with digital compass, a rearview camera, Audi's Virtual Cockpit 12.3-in digital driver information display, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, 50/50 split folding rear seats, ambient LED cabin lighting, storage drawer under front passenger seat, wireless charging, signal booster, Bluetooth and a 9-speaker audio system with HD/satellite radio, two USB ports, two SD card slots and an auxiliary input.

The TT Roadster ($49,995) comes with essentially the same equipment (minus the two rear seats) but naturally has a power-operated soft top, plus a powered wind deflector, rollover hoops and a microphone in the seat belt for voice control of the infotainment system.

An S-line Competition package includes 19-in alloy wheels, a TT RS rear spoiler, an upgraded steering wheel, some cosmetic additions and a Sport mode for the Virtual Cockpit. The S Sport seat package offers unique upholstery. A Technology package introduces an improved user interface with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a 680 watt 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen Other sound system. Other options include various types of high-end seating surfaces. The convertible also offers a neck-heating feature using warm air.

Luggage space in the coupe is 12 cu ft. Those small rear seats fold to create a little more cargo area. The Roadster's trunk measures 7.5 cu ft., so don't plan on hauling much back there, but that comes with the high-style territory. If someone really wants to play golf, perhaps they should look at another car.

Safety

All TT variants have mandatory safety equipment, such as traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes and a backup camera. Front, side and knee airbags protect occupants. The coupe also comes with side curtain airbags, while the convertible has specific rollover protection.

As a sign of its advancing age, the TT comes with just two driver assistance features: blind spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors.

The Audi TT has not been crash-tested in the U.S.

Behind the Wheel

The TT's cabin looks and feels exceptional. Interior layout has long been one of Audi's forte's and ergonomics play a big part in the TT's driver experience. It's easy to slide one's knees under the flat-bottomed steering wheel and sink into the supportive sports seats. Space for the front occupants is not an issue.

In what might be a breath of fresh air for many drivers, the TT lacks a center infotainment screen, routing the infotainment system and navigation through the standard gauge cluster display, which Audi refers to as the Virtual Cockpit. Everything is configurable, but there's a shortcut button on the steering wheel to snap back to the full-size speedometer and rev counter.

The TT enjoys a smooth engine, superb grip, precise handling, a relatively quiet cabin and a ride quality that's obviously sporty, but not jarring. While it's getting up there in age, the TT is fully qualified to compete with sporty compact coupes (and convertibles) from the likes of Mazda, BMW, and Mini.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 BMW 230i xDrive -- The 2 Series (coupe and convertible) doesn't stand out as much as the TT does from a visual perspective, but it's an extremely rewarding car to drive.

2020 Mazda Miata RF -- As the driver's choice, the Miata has stuck to the same formula for decades. It offers exceptional balance and an available transmission, which you can't get in the TT. In RF form, the Miata wears a striking fastback design that features a power-folding roof panel over the cockpit.

2020 Mercedes Benz SLC 300 -- A retractable hard top means not having to decide between a coupe or a convertible. The SLC is getting up there in years, though, and was last fully redesigned in 2011.

2020 Mini Cooper S -- The front-wheel-drive Cooper S is quick and has more interior space than the TT to accompany its inimitable style.

Autotrader's Advice

The TT isn't the best driver's car out there, and it's severely compromised when compared with a more traditional coupe. But it offers an overall unique experience that you don't get from many other vehicles, not to mention a convertible option. The powertrain is dialed in, it comes standard with AWD, and the cockpit is charming and attractive. Given that there aren't many options available for the TT, there's not much more for us to say here, other than that, if you want one, you probably already know it, and we certainly aren't here to dissuade you from buying such a fun car. Find an Audi TT for sale

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