Since debuting in 2000, the Audi TT is continuously impressed with its distinctive design and weather-beating, all-wheel-drive traction. Of course, there are always buyers who crave a little more. For them, Audi created the TTS.
In 2018 Audi TTS guise, it’s equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Aluminum exterior accents, quad exhaust, improved aero and more aggressive bolstered seats with contrast-color stitches complement the upgrades over the regular TT.
In addition to its style, the 2018 Audi TTS is also unique in the way to line up in the market. It’s smaller and lighter than similar prices such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 and the BMW 240i. However, it is not as spacious as those cars. Audi also offers its own alternatives: the S3 sedan or larger S5 coupe. You might consider the Volkswagen Golf R, which is a hatchback version of S3 and TTS.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Audi TTS is a high-performance compact luxury coupe with seating for four. Unlike the standard TT, the TTS is not available in convertible body-style.
Standard equipment for the Audi TTS includes keyless entry and ignition, summer performance tires, 19-inch wheels, a lowered sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, automatic wipers, LED headlights, LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, heated and power-folding side mirrors, and a rearview camera.
Inside, you get LED ambient lighting, a virtual gauge cluster, automatic climate control, Audi Drive Select adjustable drive settings, a tilt-and-telescoping sport steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, heated 8-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar adjustment and power side bolsters), leather and simulated-suede upholstery, folding rear seatbacks, Audi MMI infotainment system with touchpad capability and voice control, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system with two USB ports, an SD card reader, a CD/DVD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2018 Audi TTS has three optional packages. The Technology package adds a navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, Audi Connect telematics with 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability and online services, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. The Black Optic package adds high-gloss black exterior treatments and 20-inch wheels. The S Sport Seat package adds upgraded leather upholstery and additional leather trim.
Additional options include 20-inch wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and two-tone upholstery.
The 2018 Audi TTS is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles sends power to all four wheels.
Audi estimates the TTS coupe will accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, which would be almost a second quicker than the standard TT coupe. Top speed at 155 mph. EPA estimated fuel economy is rated at 25 mpg in combined driving (23 city/27 highway). These are respectable numbers considering the car’s focus on performance.
Like other Audi models, the 2018 TTS interior combines high technology with minimalist and understated design. The materials and build quality are excellent, and the diamond-quilted leather seats add a pricey luxury car impression. While other cars are full of buttons and readouts, the simplicity of the TTS cockpit is refreshing.
The virtual gauge cluster not only displays important information, but also handles navigation, audio and secondary control systems. Most of the functions are controlled through the MMI knob mounted on the center console right where your hand usually rests. The system works really well, with quick responses and sharp graphics that are easy to read at a glance. Some menus may take time to get used to, but quickly become intuitive.
The 2018 Audi TTS front seats provide plenty of support and cushioning for a comfortable long trip. There are enough adjustments to assure that the tall and short drivers will find an ideal driving position. Unfortunately, the rear seats are very small and even the kids may find it too limited. The best for those seats as a secondary cargo area.
The trunk space at 12 cubic feet, an sufficient capacity for the coupe. Fitting a golf bag with a driver will likely require folding the rear seats flat, but that isn’t unusual for cars in this class