The 2018 Audi TT is a very fun car to drive, has many high-tech features and can make you feel great. With R8 style to a minimalist yet feature-rich interior, this is one of the best choices in the luxury sport coupe and convertible class.
But the 2018 Audi TT is not the best option if you’re looking for practicality. The coupe’s rear seats are very small, making them useless, and the convertible version has absolutely no rear seats. Furthermore, most cars in this class are less practical, but at least with the TT coupe you get a hatchback design that makes loading cargo easier. Overall, the 2018 TT is more than makes up for any deficiencies in its qualified ability and high build quality. This is one of the rare luxury cars that make you feel like getting more money.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Audi TT is a compact luxury car offered in a single trim level. It available as either a four-seat Coupe or a two-seat convertible (Roadster).
Standard equipment for the TT Coupe include keyless ignition and entry, summer performance tires, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, heated auto-dimming mirrors, a power-deployed rear spoiler, adaptive steering, selectable drive modes, automatic climate control, a virtual instrument panel, heated power-adjustable front seats, leather and simulated suede upholstery, folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, Audi MMI infotainment system with a trace pad and voice control, a nine-speaker audio system with two USB ports and satellite radio.
The 2018 Audi TT Roadster adds a power-deployable windblocker, a folding fabric roof, a center pass-through ski bag, and roll hoops.
The 2018 Audi TT can be equipped with the optional Technology package. It includes a blind-spot monitor, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a navigation system, Audi Connect telematics and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. The optional S Line Competition package adds a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, special exterior and interior trim, sport seats and a sport steering wheel. You can also get an S Sport Seat package with diamond stitching and full leather upholstery.
Every 2018 Audi TT models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels (quattro) through a six-speed automated manual transmission.
In performance testing, the TT coupe accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. This compares favorably against the Porsche Cayman 5.8 seconds and the BMW 228i’s 5.1 seconds. The EPA estimated fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) for both coupe and roadster form.
Like other Audi models, the 2018 TT interior combines high technology with a minimalist design. The materials used and build quality are also very good. While other cars are full of buttons and readouts, the TT simplicity is pleasant.
The virtual cluster gauge not only displays speed and other vital information but also handles navigation, audio and secondary system functions. The functions are controlled through the MMI knob mounted on the center console right where your hands normally rested. This system works perfectly, with quick response and sharp graphics that are easy to read at a glance. It took some time to get used to, but quickly became intuitive. Further improving the cabin simplicity is the placement of climate control buttons in the middle of circular vents and the absence of a central infotainment screen.
The 2018 Audi TT front seats provide plenty of support and cushioning for a comfortable long drive. It also offers enough adjustments to ensure short and tall people find the perfect driving position. The coupe rear seats are very small even for kids, though. You should consider the seat as a secondary cargo area.
The 12 cubic feet of trunk space is pretty much for the coupe. Putting a golf bag will likely require folding the rear seats flat, this is not something unusual for a car in this class. The convertible only provides 7.5 cubic feet, which may be a deal breaker for some people. The interior storage space for both body styles is also lacking, with only a few small bins and pockets.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Audi TT is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the BMW 2 Series, Porsche 718 Cayman and Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class.
Official pricing for the standard TT Coupe starts at $44,925 (including a $975 destination charge). With a starting price of $48,425, the TT Roadster equipment level aligns with the TT Coupe.