The third generation of the Audi TT had its premiere in 2014, continuing the success story of the premium brand’s 2-seater sports car. Just like the earlier generations, Audi TT is sharing technology and chassis with other products of the Volkswagen Group, but it’s the only coupe/roadster model on the MQB platform. The 418cm long car is almost exactly the same length as its predecessor, though its wheelbase has grown by 37 mm. It features the same choice of TFSI and TDI engines as some other Group’s cars.
AT A GLANCE
- Refreshed design
- Flawless interior
- Steering and driving dynamics
- Limited trunk capacity
For the third-gen Audi TT, designers re-used some ideas from the original TT, placing them in a new context. The front of the new TT is dominated by horizontal lines. A lot broader and flatter than its predecessor’s, the Singleframe grille has a strong line dividing it into two areas. Starting in the top corners of the grille, sharp contours run in a V across the hood which bears the famous Audi rings. The new TT got its fierce look from its flat headlights.
Engine, drivetrain, and performance (4/5)
When launched in 2014, the third-generation Audi TT featured the 2.0 TFSI engine in two power variants, with the 230 hp version being available in Singapore, in a combination with a 6-speed S-Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel-drive. The fresh addition to the lineup is the 1.8 TFSI engine, which produces 180 hp. It’s available only with TT Coupe, combined with 7-speed S-Tronic and front-wheel drive. The Audi TT Roadster is currently available only in the 2.0 TFSI Quattro variant.
Trim levels (4/5)
Xenon plus units are standard, with the choice of additional LED headlights or those in pioneering Audi Matrix LED technology. The standard sports seats in the new Audi TT have integrated head restraints and are positioned lower than on the predecessor model. Some other standard features are 18-inch alloy wheels, the MMI radio, integrated climate controls, and an electromechanical parking brake. The innovative Audi virtual cockpit, which sets the highest standards of technology, can be ordered optionally.
The lightweight construction of the Audi TT, by using the Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made from aluminum and steel, also has a huge impact on safety. There are also some powerful assistance systems that will make driving the new TT a pleasurable and safe experience, such as Audi side assist (which uses rear-mounted radar sensors to help drivers change lanes more safely), camera-based traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist, or the park assist system.
The third-generation Audi TT, both in the coupe or roadster variants, returned with an eye-catching design that makes all the observers want a ride. Audi TT also offers perfect surroundings that will please every driver and co-driver. The trunk has a capacity of 305 liters and can be extended by folding the rear seat backrests forward, so Audi TT could be useful for longer holiday journeys. However, the first aim of the Audi TT is to offer a sporty feeling and it does that perfectly, especially in the Quattro variant.