Audi TT Review Australia | Features, Specifications, Price
- Car Reviews,
- Jul 17, 2020
Do you agree that change is good and things that remain the same breed contempt? Well, there are some who think otherwise, and you might think again when you look at the Audi TT which has constantly been improving over the years, getting better and better.
The original TT was launched back in 1988, more than two decades ago, with an attractive exterior but not so great performance-wise. Audi worked on the drawbacks with their subsequent generations, improving the driving performance as well as the outer exterior. Now in its third generation, the Audi TT RS 2020 is better than ever, proving to be too much against the other competitors.
You must have seen an Audi TT by now if you have not been living under a rock for the past few years. Audi has sold almost a million TT cars over the last twenty years, and each year saw an increase in the sales and reputation of both the company and the vehicles they produce. The Audi TT has almost a pivotal role in the company’s success, and the two letters have come to be associated with high performing road racing in many parts of the World.
The Audi TT Coupe offers a decent drive, high performance on-road and almost a sports car ability. The new Audi TT launched in 2020 is in its third generation and the major changes that Audi implemented on the car mostly revolve around the engine variants. For one thing, the TT only comes in a petrol engine, with the diesel variant not being produced anymore. You get a choice of four varying petrol engines, with the first three powered by 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drives, while the last variant is a slightly more powerful engine and features the famous Audi Quattro all-wheel drive.
To the untrained eye, the styling and exterior might look no different than the previous generation. We advise that you look closer and you will notice that there is a new front grille added, and there are some additional wheel and color options available.
You have the option to buy the Audi TT Coupe which is a four-seater, or the Audi TT Convertible or better known as the Audi TT Roadster, which is a two-seater car. It is available in three different trim levels, each one with varying performance and engine specifications. However, all the variants come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Even though this is the base model, the Audi TT comes loaded to the neck with features and top of the line specifications that leave you fulfilled and makes you wonder why anyone would want to pay extra for the other two more expensive trims. It is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter petrol turbocharged engine which produces an impressive 228 horsepower. It is also equipped with Audi’s Drive Select, using which you can adjust the car’s suspension as required.
Some of the standard features included in the TT base model are: a 12.3-inch infotainment screen combined with Audi’s very own Virtual Cockpit with support for Bluetooth, USB ports, SD card, HD radio, Satellite radio, and a nine-speaker sound system. You also get an MMI controller with handwriting recognition, heated front seats, keyless entry and push to start ignition, parking sensors, a reversing camera, automatic climate control which is perfect for Australia’s harsh summers and luxurious leather upholstery. Whew! That is almost everything that you would want right? Wait till you read about the next two variants. The Audi TT price starts from a modest $52,000, which is cheap when compared to other cars with the same features and specifications.
Next in line is the Audi TTS coupe, which is slightly more expensive than the base TT, for which you get more power output from the engine, an upgraded Virtual Cockpit and more or less the same features that you would find in the base model. This is a sportier version, and to prove that, Audi includes power-adjustable front sports seats and a magnetic ride suspension. The TTS features 19-inch alloy wheels, sporty front and rear bumpers, a diffuser on the back and side sills. It leaves no doubt as to what the S in the TTS stands for, right?
Audi TT RS
The top of the line TT RS adds another $12,000 on the price tag but manages to justify the extra cash that you spend. It features a much more powerful five-cylinder turbo charged engine outputting 394 horsepower, made even better with progressive steering and an RS tuned magnetic ride suspension.
Additional features include a rear wing spoiler, colored brake clippers, even sportier front seats as compared to the TTS and dual exhaust outlets which greatly enhances the look from the rear.
The Audi TT coupe and convertible and the TTS variant have a similar engine installed, outputting satisfying power with a little difference. For people who really like to blast away and want an extreme thrill, however, these two trim levels may seem insufficient. For that reason, Audi came up with the TT RS variant with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine which barely leaves any desires to the heart for all those power-hungry drivers.
Talking about the Audi TT coupe, its interior is built with Audi’s attention to detail, comfortably seating four people, though the rear seats are a bit cramped. The Roadster is capable of seating two, with ample leg and headroom. The base model is equipped with leather upholstery and adjustable front seats. You can always go for the more expensive trims or pay more to get the sports seats and the Nappa leather seats.
As you would expect from any Audi manufactured car, the material used to build the interior is a premium quality, with a sleek finish that gives an overall modern and classy feel when you step in.
With the lush interior, cutting edge use of the technology in the features, fuel efficiency, and the high performing engine, there is little to complain about the Audi TT. However, the power may seem insufficient in the base models for some and the rear seats in the TT coupe are not very comfortable which might put some people off.
The Audi TT is a good luxury class vehicle, but certainly not the best. It is ranked midway in the luxury class with one of the most modern cabins and top of the line features, and a reasonable price tag that can go a long way when it comes to reliability.