2016 Audi TT 2.0 T Review
The latest TT ups the high-tech ante for Audi's roadster.No Comments
This degree of stylistic minimalism is often confused for blandness, when in fact it's the opposite: the few obvious design touches are as dramatic on this car as are the hood lines on a BMW 6-Series.
Audi, the luxury arm of VW, has a unique problem. As the base brand, Volkswagen, has stepped up the niceness of its interiors and available options, Audi needs to find ways to make it seem less like the same brand with a different logo. With the 2016, Audi has made the leap into a different class.
In fact, this degree of minimalism is often confused for blandness, when in fact it's the opposite: the few obvious touches - the extruded arches around the wheel wells, the small panel next to the headlights that is over-bitten by the hood line - are as dramatic on this car as are the hood lines on a BMW 6-Series. Audi's singleframe grille provides enough menace to the front end to hopefully quell any 'chick car' comments.
Happily, this replaces the clunky-looking propped-up screen that currently sullies other Audi interiors, and it's a pretty great bit of auto tech as well. The screen has two modes: one in which the virtual gauges are dominant, and one in which the navigation/infotainment display is prominent.
Audi/VW already has the most user-friendly interface on the market, but its graphical presentation tends to leave a bit to be desired. The screen in the TT, however, really makes you feel like you're living in the future.
In addition to its technical presentational novelty, the screen, which is mostly obscured from the passenger's view, is definitive proof that the TT is a driver's car. Not only are you, the driver, the only one who needs access to any of the screen's information, you shouldn't have to glance to your side to see it. Next to an HUD, this is the most distraction-free infotainment setup yet, except that its sheer beauty makes it plenty distracting anyway.
It's a remarkable platform that's suited for sensible as well as aggressive driving, but the TT is a car that deserves a bit more oomph, for lack of a better cliché. Fortunately, you can buy the TT S, which more or less addresses that issue, but that's not the car we're reviewing.
And while the TT does deliver solid steering, handling, and acceleration, so does the Golf, which is way more practical and way cheaper. For $50,000 (fully optioned), the TT is remarkable in every way except how it drives. And isn't that really what you buy a car like this for?
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drivetrain Layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive
Power Output: 230 hp / 273 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 22 city / 31 highway
Base Price: $42,900
As Tested: $47,7254 (includes $925 destination charge)
Technology Package: Audi MM navigation plus, Audi connect with online services,Audi side assist, auto-dimming, power folding exterior mirrors, parking system plus with rearview camera
Other Options:Tango red metallic paint, 19-inch wheels, S Sport seat package, Bang & Olefson sound system