2012 Audi TT

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2012 Audi TT Review

More than just a good looker.

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Overview
Available as a 2 + 2 coupe or two-seater convertible, the driver-centric 2012 Audi TT reflects Audi's fun, sporty side, in a small and practical daily driver. The TT's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces a very capable 211 horsepower that does well pushing its small frame. Audi's dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission available on the TT, though Audi recently introduced a manual transmission on the TT RS. Real enthusiasts looking for a little more performance can opt for the TTS or TT RS, both powered by stronger engines.

The TT is finished with high-quality materials giving the sporty car a premium interior, typical of the German automaker. Thanks to Audi's all-wheel-drive quattro system, handling and cornering are notably good. Boasting up to 31 mpg highway and 23 in city driving, the TT offers decent fuel economy to boot. Those considering the coupe should note that although technically a four-seater, the TT can only fit two adults comfortably, and even larger children would experience cramped quarters. With an attractive design aesthetic, premium interior, and fun, sporty drive with good fuel economy, the 2012 Audi TT makes for an attractive package.

The Range

Body styles: Coupe, convertible
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: six-speed dual-clutch automatic
Models: Premium Plus, Prestige

What's New

While there are no changes to the 2012 Audi TT, a refreshed TT may appear in the future. The previous model year saw a more efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and some cosmetic changes.

Exterior

The 2012 Audi TT 2+2 coupe and two-seater roadster both have an attractive, sleek body, and represent the latest in the Audi design language. Eighteen-inch wheels and daytime LED lights are standard. The convertible doesn't have a hard-top option, like the BMW Z4, but Audi says this is, in addition to using light weight steel throughout the frame, is to keep the car light.

Interior

The German automaker has earned a reputation for producing top-notch interiors, and the 2012 Audi TT is a good example of this. Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) utilizes a control knob on the dashboard, compared to newer systems, this isn't the most convenient or user-friendly infotainment system. Sporty front seats along with some aluminum accents on the multi-function steering wheel, vents and console offer a premium touch. The coupe's rear seats are not practical or usable for daily use or anything beyond a quick errand trip. Unlike its competitors, the roadster still utilizes a folding soft-top as the only option.

Performance & Handling

Propelled by its standard 2.0-liter 211-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Audi TT provides enough power and spunk to get around. The TT sticks corners thanks to its quattro all-wheel-drive. Much like its competitors, the TT offers a fun, sporty ride, but is bested by the BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster in performance. Steering is responsive, and coupled with good braking ability, Audi's sporty offering instills a sense of confidence while driving.

Safety

Antilock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact thorax bags for front passengers and front and rear head curtain bags. Electronic stability and traction control are also standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

TT: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Sporty styling
  • Good handling
  • Solid build quality
  • Good fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Rear seats in name only (coupe)
  • Manual transmission only on TT RS
  • Light steering

Sum Up

More than just a good looker.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • BMW Z4
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Infiniti G37
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

See the New 2015 TT.

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