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The Audi TT is a compact 2-door sports car that has been produced and marketed by the German automaker since 1998. Today, it’s entirely assembled in Hungary. The Audi TT is available as a roadster and coupe. There’s nothing strange about it sharing the suspension, engines, drive systems, and transmissions with many of the Volkswagen vehicles as the TT exploits their platform – the VW Group A.
The 2015 Audi TT holds to the tradition and is available in two body types as its predecessors – coupe and roadster. The wheelbase length (98.6 inches) and the car’s width (72.1 inches) aren’t determined by the car’s body type in contrast to its length (165 inches for the coupe and 164.4 inches for the roadster) and height (52.9 inches for the coupe and 53.3 inches for the roadster). The TT’s curb weight is 2,712-3,142 lb.
In the compact luxury sports cars segment, the Audi TT has just a few competitors among which are the Toyota GT86, BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK, and Porsche Cayman.
The 2015 Audi TT is a truly unique vehicle. Sports cars’ profile, luxury cars’ splendour, and small cars’ fuel efficiency and practicality are masterly combined in it. The TT’s verve is the model’s calling card. Actually, it looks like it costs much more than it’s written on its price tag. The Audi TT isn’t the car you can come by without at least casting a glance at it. It’s easily recognizable in the flow of cars.
While the Audi TT’s exterior took over many features from the previously produced models, its interior remains unique and much more advanced than its precursors’. Trimmed with high-quality materials, close attention to detail is discernible.
The main embellishment of the car’s cabin is the brilliant Virtual Cockpit display. You cannot find usual speedometer and RPM gauge in the 2015 Audi TT because it uses an electronic instrument cluster represented by a 12.3-inch digital screen. It displays not just speed and revolutions rates but also serves as a satellite navigation system.
Such a location of sat nav is very comfortable and safety-enhancing. A driver doesn’t need shift their glance to the centre of the dashboard to see in what direction they must drive. All the information they may need is right in front of their eyes. Note that the system requires some time to get accustomed to, but once you drive using it, it’ll be extremely hard to return to usual dials and usual cars.
To tell the truth, the Audi TT coupe and roadster don’t differ fundamentally except for availability of a soft top in roadster and two seats at the back in coupe. The cabin looks modern, well-laid-out, and classy. The seats use leather and Alcantara furnishing. They are comfortable and can be adjusted to your liking. There’s lots of leg- and headroom at the front. Even exceptionally tall driver and passenger don’t feel cramped there. As for comfort on the rear seats in 2+2 coupe, it’s rather doubtful. There’s too little space even for children there.
Storage compartments in the cabin are represented by a glovebox and centre console bin while luggage is kept in the 305-litre trunk which capacity is boosted up to 712 litres with the seats folded down.
Powertrain & Mileage
The Audi TT is available with two engines, the TFSI and TDI Ultra, both of which are good performers. One of the 2.0 TFSI petrol engines produces 230 hp and 370 Nm. Experts say its power is quite enough for most drivers. Although official data affirm the engine returns 47.9 mpg, in real-life conditions this rate is about 40 mpg. More powerful 2.0 TFSI generates 310 hp and 380 Nm.
Choosing the TT with the TFSI engine, you can choose between FWD and ‘quattro’ AWD layouts. While the latter means the car can be equipped with the twin-clutch S tronic 6-speed automatic gearbox only, the FWD models can also have a 6-speed manual gearbox installed.
The TDI Ultra diesel motor makes 181 hp and 380 Nm and can be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission only. With 150 mph top speed, it accelerates to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds. The unit covers 67.3 mpg and emanates 110 g/km of CO2. The TDI Ultra engine is available with the FWD layout.
The car comes in two trim levels – the Sport and S line – which aren’t so much different: the base Sport trim includes 18- instead of 19-inch alloy wheels, not so firm suspension, 10 mm higher ride height, and less chiselled bumpers.
Any 2015 Audi TT provides a lot of standard features with a long list of optional ones. Standard equipment for the model includes cornering lamps, adaptive headlights, 12-way power-adjustable heated seats, 12-speaker Bose audio system, and instrument cluster, handbrake, and armrests covered in leather.
If they aren’t enough for you, you can install one of the following packages of optional features for extra money. Select the Competition package if you want the car to be painted in Nimbus Grey or Imola Yellow, have a rear spoiler, run on 5-spoke wheels, and be trimmed with leather inside. The Navigation package contains sat nav, 6.5-inch LCD screen with SD card slots and SiriusXM Radio, parking sensors, and MMI controller. A brand-new Black Optic package offers 19-inch wheels in Titanium trim, fog lights’ mat edging, gloss-black grille with mat inlays, and optic side mirrors made of carbon fibre.
The 2015 Audi TT hasn’t been tested by the U.S. crash programs as a sports car of small-scale production. However, the Euro NCAP did test it and awarded it four stars (one of the reasons for such a decision is the absence of an emergency city braking system in it).
Standard safety equipment the Audi TT provides counts front and side airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the rear seats, electronic traction and stability controls, lane departure warning system (standard on the petrol models, optional on diesel ones), anti-lock brakes, rear parking sensors, and hill-hold assist. Among optional features are a blind spot warning system, traffic-sign recognition, and self-parking system.
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