Used Car: 2012 Audi TT Review
The Audi TT has standard all-wheel drive and great fuel economy for the class, but reviewers agreed that many rivals offer stronger performance.
The 2012 Audi TT is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission. A more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available in the Audi TTS, while a turbocharged five-cylinder engine comes in the top TT RS model. Reviewers said the base TT's engine produces enough power for most situations, though some complained that it suffers from some turbo lag. They said that the transmission shifts seamlessly and quickly, but some wished that a manual transmission was available in the base TT. The EPA estimates that the 2012 TT gets 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class. Test drivers reported that the Audi TT is fun to drive, and that it delivers a comfortable ride and poised handling. However, some wished that the steering provided more road feel, while others remarked that competitors like the Porsche Boxster offer more thrilling performance.
The 2012 Audi TT is available as a four-seat coupe or a two-seat roadster. Automotive writers agreed that the TT features a luxurious, attractive cabin and that its front seats are comfortable and provide good support. Still, like many cars in the class, auto writers noted that the TT coupe’s back seat is better used for additional cargo space than passengers. Standard features in the Audi TT include power-adjustable front seats, a nine-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Available features include navigation, rear parking sensors, an iPod interface and heated front seats. Reviewers found that the available navigation system makes it difficult to access some audio settings, and the system’s control knob is awkwardly located on the dashboard. The 2012 TT coupe has 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, while the convertible has 8.8 cubic feet. Though the TT's cargo hold is smaller than that of some rivals, reviewers found the cargo space in both models to be fairly useful for the car's size.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2012 BMW Z4 has a retractable hardtop, and it earns impressive fuel economy for the class. Additionally, reviewers praised the Z4’s powerful base engine and sharp handling.
Test drivers reported that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK250's ride comfort is where it outshines competitors. The SLK250 was fully redesigned for 2012, and it earned praise for its stylish interior.