2013 Audi TT Rating Breakdown
2013 audi tt
EPA est City/Hwy
22/31
Starting at
$41,650
Engine
2.0L Turbo
Power
211 hp

Starting at

$41,650

Engine

2.0L Turbo

Power

211 hp

City/Hwy

22/31

Seats

2


The Car Connection Expert Review
Nelson Ireson

Nelson Ireson

Senior Editor

DISLIKES
  • Interior style not fully consistent with other Audis
  • Steering somewhat numb
  • Numb steering
  • Can be pricey when well-equipped
audi tt 2013

With a sporty exterior that looks at home next to the R8, the 2013 Audi TT is a looker--despite less-than-fresh interior design.

Though the lineal design heritage of the Audi TT is obvious from the original to the 2013 model, it's clear that the stylists have changed their tack with the latest generation, penning a more squat, low-slung sport coupe and convertible with contemporary Audi cues.

The wide, low stance looks like it's squatted on its haunches, ready to spring into action, even at a stop. Bright, modern headlight enclosures with LED accents, large air inlets, and sleek, flowing curves give the TT an aggressive, yet cultured look.

Inside, it's a bit of a different story, as the TT's interior isn't fully in line with the rest of the Audi range in terms of design, owing mostly to its greater age. Nevertheless, its simple approach to aesthetics and good materials and finish selections give a refined, masculine appeal.

With a sporty exterior that looks at home next to the R8, the 2013 Audi TT is a looker--despite less-than-fresh interior design.

From base to TT RS, the entire 2013 Audi TT lineup is quick and fun to drive, but the rabid and rowdy TT RS is a breed apart.

Available in two body styles (Coupe and Roadster) and three performance flavors (TT, TTS, and TT RS) the Audi TT range spans a wide spectrum of tastes.

The base TT Coupe and Roadster come with a 211-horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged engine paired to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox. Whether letting the computer handle the shifts or using the steering wheel-mounted paddles, the result is smooth, quick gear changes executed flawlessly--every time. TT Coupe models manage the 0-60 mph run in just 5.3 seconds, while the Roadsters require 5.6 seconds due to their extra weight.

The TTS Coupe and Roadster share a hotter version of the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, rated at 265 hp. Both are also available exclusively with the DSG six-speed transmission. With the extra power, the TTS Coupe can get to 60 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds. Handling is very good in the TTS, thanks in part to its standard magnetic ride suspension system, which includes a Sport setting that lowers the car by 0.39 inches and stiffens the ride for better responsiveness. In comfort mode, the magnetic ride system smooths bumps and improves comfort just as well. The TTS also benefits from larger brakes and a tuned exhaust system for a little more bark.

New last year, the exclusive (and more expensive) TT RS adds serious bite to the TT range, with a 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder rated at 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the more common TT and TTS, the TT RS is only available with a six-speed manual transmission--for maximum driving enjoyment. An upgraded Haldex version of the quattro all-wheel-drive system, shared with the TTS, helps better handle the extra power. When really stepping on the throttle in Sport mode, an exhaust bypass valve opens, releasing a raspy, rabid sound. The TT RS is only available in coupe form.

While all 2013 Audi TT models handle well, moving up the range in power also moves up considerably in sharpness, precision, and driver feel--but at the expense of a larger hole in your bank account.

From base to TT RS, the entire 2013 Audi TT lineup is quick and fun to drive, but the rabid and rowdy TT RS is a breed apart.

The 2013 Audi TT makes the most of its small cabin, with well-made materials and a comfortable ride.

As its compact exterior might hint, the 2013 Audi TT is, practically speaking, a two-seat sports car with fairly tight cargo and cabin space. There's room enough for a two-person weekend getaway, but it lacks the more expansive comfort of a grand tourer.

The back seats are little more than package shelves--or perhaps technicalities for slightly better insurance rates--but the front seats are very comfortable. Leg and head room are both adequate even for adults over 6'6". The cabin even manages to feel wide, thanks to the broad dash and open instrument panel design. In Roadster models, the soft top keeps nearly the same ample headroom as the Coupe, though it does sacrifice the arched, sleek roofline.

The console and glove box are small, and storage space in general is less than abundant. In the Coupe, a stowage space beneath the hatch is fairly generous, however, with room for a weekend's luggage for two, and folding the rear seats forward opens up even more space. In the Roadster, the folding soft top doesn't impinge on the trunk space, so it too offers adequate, if not ample, cargo space.

Despite its rabid performance and racy looks, the TT RS is essentially the same as the more pedestrian TTs in terms of space and comfort, though the stiffer suspension and larger tires mean a rougher ride and more cabin noise. The TT RS is only available as a coupe.

Whichever TT you choose, the available magnetic ride suspension improves ride comfort and noise as well as handling, and is well worth the money in our eyes.

Material quality, construction, and trim appearance are typically Audi--meaning very good all around. The overall effect is one of luxurious appearance and sumptuous feel.

The 2013 Audi TT makes the most of its small cabin, with well-made materials and a comfortable ride.

There's no crash-test data on the 2013 Audi TT, but it does offer a full set of safety equipment, agile handling, and a strong, lightweight structure.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the 2013 Audi TT. Nevertheless, Audi has engineered the TT with a strong, lightweight body structure and fitted it with most of the modern safety equipment you'd expect.

All TT Coupe and Roadster models offers standard anti-lock brakes, side airbags, electronic stability control, and hill-hold assist. The active safety assists you'll find on some other luxury coupes are missing, however--you won't find features like blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, or a backup camera.

Rear parking sensors are offered, however, and can be especially handy in the Roadster, which can make rearward visibility difficult with the soft top raised.

There's no crash-test data on the 2013 Audi TT, but it does offer a full set of safety equipment, agile handling, and a strong, lightweight structure.


Well-equipped even in base form, the 2013 Audi TT isn't likely to be considered a bargain, but the premium price brings a premium feel.

As you'd expect from any Audi, the 2013 TT is well-equipped even in base trim, but many will want to tick some of the extra options boxes to meet their personal level of comfort and convenience.

Piling on the options can quickly drive the price above $50,000, but in this segment, that's par for the course--and you do get what you pay for. Upgrades like the Silk Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery with aluminum trim, and 10-way power front seats give the TT a much more premium feel.

On the Roadster, option for the power-operated soft top makes it much more convenient to go topless, and the Bose premium sound system is much better suited to top-down driving.

Some of the standard features on all TT models include: cruise control, power locks/windows/mirrors, leather upholstery, Bluetooth hands-free phone connection, satellite radio, and auxiliary input jacks. Audi's MMI Navigation and infotainment interface is available as an extra on all models.

The TT RS, in addition to its extra power and handling, adds a lap timer, power-adjustable sport seats in either Silk Nappa leather or Alcantara, and a range of interior trim options. Several choices of wheel design, plus eight color options for exterior paint are also available. A la carte options available include: carbon fiber mirror covers, heated seats, gloss-black wheels, a power-retractable spoiler that deletes the rear wing, and "aluminum optic" exterior trim.

Audi's Tech Package wraps together some of the best options, including: Bose premium sound, MMI Navigation, adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, and ambient LED lighting in the cabin.

Well-equipped even in base form, the 2013 Audi TT isn't likely to be considered a bargain, but the premium price brings a premium feel.

For its performance and luxury class, the 2013 Audi TT is impressively efficient.

The standard 2013 Audi TT and TTS, with their turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, are among the most efficient sports cars in their performance class.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the 2013 TT and TTS Coupe and Roadster at 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, for 26 mpg combined.

The higher-performance TT RS uses a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that generates significantly more horsepower, but is proportionally thirstier, too, rating 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for 20 mpg combined per the EPA.

For its performance and luxury class, the 2013 Audi TT is impressively efficient.


Fuel Economy Information

Ratings Based on 4 cyl, 2.0 L, 6-Speed Double Clutch

26

Combined

3.8 gals/100 miles

22

City


31

Highway

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