2010 Audi TT Performance
This performance review was written when the 2010 Audi TT was new.
Test drivers report that the TT's combination of power and comfortable handling make it a sports car that's easy to live with. Though competitors might offer better straight-line performance and sportier handling dynamics, few can match the TT's total package of sports performance, ride comfort, and luxury.
- "A design icon, the aluminum-and-steel TT is a sports car that is easy to drive quickly." -- Car and Driver
- "The TTS -- available as a coupe and a roadster -- is Audi's attempt to dial up the dynamics and win over the dedicated followers of fast cars as well as fashion." -- Motor Trend
Acceleration and Power
Despite some reported turbo lag, test drivers find that the TT's two engine choices operate smoothly and provide ample power. What's more, both its manual and automatic transmissions work well with their powerplants.
The base-model TT 2.0 TFSI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that produces 200 horsepower at 5,100 - 6,000 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 - 5,000 rpm. An S tronic six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to Audi, the TT 2.0 has a top speed of 130 mph.
Introduced just last year, the TTS features a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that generates 265 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 - 5,000 rpm. A manual six-speed transmission is standard, but an S tronic automatic is also available. Audi claims that the TTS has a top speed of 155 mph.
The EPA reports that both the TT coupe and roadster net a city/highway fuel economy 21/29 mpg.
- "The 2010 Audi TT is now only available with the turbocharged four-cylinder and Quattro all-wheel drive. This is the lesser version of Audi's 2.0T that's shared with Volkswagen products like the Passat and GTI. It's punchy enough, but it's also the least powerful engine in this segment; those who miss the discontinued V6 and its extra 50 hp and 29 lb-ft of torque should check out the amped-up TTS." -- Edmunds
- "Acceleration is sprightly with both engines. They suffer from modest turbo lag. Audi claims 0-60 mph times of 5.9 and 6.2 seconds for the 2.0T coupe and convertible, respectively. TTS 0-60 acceleration estimates are 4.9 seconds for the coupe and 5.1 for the convertible. All estimates feel credible to us. The transmission shifts with impressive smoothness." -- Consumer Guide
- "If you can get past the fact that the TTS is not a Boxster, there's a lot to like here, starting with the fact that this sucker is FAST. Very fast, indeed." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Subjectively, it [TTS trim] feels faster, too. The turbo engine spins fast and free, all the way to its 6800-rpm redline, and the lightweight (just 3110 lb) coupe is agile and fabulously secure, even on the wet German roads encountered on our test. The fast-shifting S-tronic box -- which maintains drive even during the gear change -- complements the smooth four-cylinder engine perfectly." -- Motor Trend
- "The S Tronic can be driven like a typical, no-fuss automatic; drivers can also shift for themselves via either the console shifter or steering-wheel paddles. It's far smoother and faster-shifting than automated manuals found on vastly more expensive BMWs and Ferraris." -- Forbes
- "As a bonus, the four-cylinder TT coupe will return between 20 and 30 miles per gallon, even when driven somewhat aggressively." -- Washington Times
Handling and Braking
Overall, test drivers are pleased with the TT's handling dynamics -- though steering feel is an issue that's continuously mentioned. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on both the TT 2.0 and TTS.
- "The impressive athletic ability of every TT is balanced by a surprisingly comfortable, downright pleasant highway ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Steering is overly light, as well as numb at low speeds, but effort and feel improve as the speedometer needle climbs. As with most all-wheel-drive cars, there's understeer, but the TTS doesn't mind being pitched into corners, and its balance is good despite its forward weight bias." -- Car and Driver
- "[P]ush [the TTS] really hard on winding and undulating roads, and the little Audi still lacks the ultimate composure of the brilliant mid-engine rear-drive Porsches (Boxster and Cayman). Nor does the steering serenade, as it does on Porsches and the better BMWs: It rarely does on a four-wheel -drive car." -- Motor Trend
- "The optional magnetic ride suspension makes bumps more apparent, but not to the point of harshness. The convertibles have virtually no cowl shake. ... The only demerit to TT's excellent handling prowess is steering that feels a bit light. Otherwise, these sporty cars are extremely composed with strong, reassuring brakes." -- Consumer Guide
- "With the adaptive suspension set to Sport mode, the [TTS'] ride gets jittery even on excellent German blacktop. There's a bit more body roll, but the car flows fast and evenly through bends with just a hint of understeer. Reset the ESP and you can drift the rear wheels slightly, balanced with a touch of opposite lock. Add to that a rorty exhaust note and beautiful auto-blip downshifts, and the grin was difficult to wipe from my face." -- Road and Track
- "With the liberal use of lightweight aluminum, Audi has been able to produce a performance car with real snap. And all-wheel drive -- good for not only bad weather, but also wet, gravel, or sandy roads -- is a major plus." -- Boston Globe