2018 Audi TTS

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The all-new Audi TTS Coupe is here. It is more likely to be Audi's TT in S form. Its pure Coupe body with aggressive designing married with powerful engine makes it a perfect performance car. This low-profile aerodynamic beast is stronger but lighter than its predecessors. This performance coupe is priced at the rate of $52,950. It is powered by turbo-charged 2.0 L engine couple with 6-speed automatic transmission.


7.6/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

It's luxurious but performance focused cabin enhances its performance on tracks. The Audi TTS Coupe has made quite a reputation in the car market. The Porsche 718 Cayman, Jaguar F-type Coupe, and BMW M2 Coupe are current rivals of Audi TTS.

2018 Audi TTS Features

7.6/10

The 2018 Audi TTS has no extra variants. The Standard Variant comes with a price tag of $52,950. It features 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. It has a performance focused luxurious cabin.

The Red Brake calipers, Technology Package, black optic package, and S sport seat package are four optional packages offered by Audi for customizing exteriors, interiors and infotainment system.

Trims TTS Coupe
MSRP $52,950
Features
  • TTS' standard features include 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Heated and power-folding side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • A rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless entry and Ignition.

We recommend

The Audi TTS has no extra variants and very few customizable options, which leaves us with nothing to recommend. The optional upgrades provided by Audi only enhances interior comfort, infotainment system and exterior looks, with no effects on its power and performance which totally comes down to customer's personal preferences.

2018 Audi TTS Engine

8.0/10

"This is the best TT yet to drive. Previous versions were never quite as sharp to drive as they looked – particularly as you added more power as you headed further up the range – but the mk3 version is by far the most satisfying. It ticks off one Audi stereotype, by riding firmly, but it steers sharply and is quite good fun to hustle along"  - Top  gear

Engine and Transmission

The all new Audi TTS features a 2.0L TFSI 4-cylinder 292 hp turbocharged engine coupled with S tronic dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission producing 280 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1900-5300 rpm. Equipped with such powerful powerhouse with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive makes it a perfect performance coupe.

Compared to Audi TTS its rivals possess more powerful engine defeating Audi totally in terms of power. BMW M2 has the most powerful engine among all. The Jaguar F-type even after being the most costly car, don't have much difference in terms of power.

Models Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
MSRP $52,950 $55,300 $59,900 $54,500
Engine 2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder 2.0L Turbocharged Boxer 4-Cylinder 2.0L i4 Turbocharged 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual
Power 292 hp 300 hp 296 hp 365 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft 280 lb-ft 295 lb-ft 343 lb-ft

Acceleration

The 2018 Audi TTS Coupe with low profile aerodynamic body combined with a turbocharged engine coupled with automatic transmission featuring all-wheel drive races from 0-60 mph in mere 4.6 sec and hits quarter mile margin in just 12.8 sec. The Audi TTS has a top track speed of 155 mph.

The BMW M2 has the best 0-60 mph recorded time of mere 4.3 sec followed by Audi with Jaguar being the last. As for the quarter mile margin, with slow but steady acceleration the Porsche 718 Cayman has the best record of mere 12.0 sec with Jaguar at the last again.

Models Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
0-60 MPH 4.6 sec 4.9 sec 5.4 sec 4.3 sec
Quarter mile 12.8 sec 12.0 sec 14.1 sec 12.8 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 3.0L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.0 7.3 6.8 8.4

Handling and Steering

The 2018 Audi TTS features 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel with speed sensitive power steering. The MacPherson strut front/ Four-link rear adaptive sports suspension ensures stable rides with smooth cornering. The Audi Magnetic ride technology helps maximizing handling dynamics.

This Coupe offers smooth and comfortable ride with precise steering. It has a curb to curb turning diameter of 34.78 ft.

Braking

The Audi TTS coupe features 13.3/12.2 inch front/rear ventilated disc brakes. It takes 103 ft. get from 60-0 mph. It is equipped with Hydraulic brake assist, Anti-lock braking system, Electronic stability program and Electronic brake-force distribution for better and safer braking.

Porsche 718 Cayman being the lightest has the most powerful braking with a minimum stopping distance of 99.8 ft. only followed by Audi, BMW M2 and Jaguar F-type at the last.

Model Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Brake Front(in) 13.3 13.0 14.0 15.0
Brake Rear(in) 12.2 11.8 12.8 14.5
Curb Weight(lbs) 3263 2944 3360 3505
60-0 MPH (ft.) 103.0 99.8 112.0 108.0

 

2018 Audi TTS Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The all-new 2018 Audi TTS Coupe is more fuel efficient than its predecessors. It has an average mileage of 23 mpg in city and 27 mpg on highway with a combined mileage of 25 mpg.

The Jaguar F-type takes the lead with best in class mileage of 23/30 mpg in city/highway and a combined mileage of 30 mpg. The BMW M2 turns out to be least fuel efficient in its class.

Model Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
MPG (City) 23 21 23 18
MPG (Highway) 27 28 30 26
MPG (Combined) 25 24 26 21

2018 Audi TTS Interior

8.1/10

"When this generation of TT launched in 2014, the big news was its Virtual Cockpit digital dials, with their ability to switch between traditional dials, a big fat rev counter or a luxurious, widescreen satnav. And all sorts in between. It’s still impactful all these years on, despite filtering down to more mundane Audis since (and rivals launching similar systems)."

Seating and Comfort

The Audi TTS is single row coupe which can accommodate 4 people. Its sporty exterior is complimented with classy, luxurious interior with S sport seats. It has driver centered Audi virtual cockpit with Leather/Alcantara finish. The 12-way power S sport seats with four-way Lumbar adjustment and power-adjustable side bolsters ensure luxurious rides with a sporty feel.

It has 3-spoke Multi-functional flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles adding comfort in driving. The Ambient interior lighting and door sills inlays compliment its classy interior and its sportier looks. Audi has also provided packages for customizing interiors. Due to its low profile compact coupe body design, it has less headroom and cramped rear seats.

Model Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Passenger capacity 4 2 2 4
Passenger Volume (ft cube) N/A 84.0 N/A 89.7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

37.1/53.6/41.1 38.3/51.5/41.6 36.8/56.5/42.8 40.1/54.4/41.5
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

33.8/47.9/28.9 N/A N/A 36.5/53.4/33

Interior Features

  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Tilt/Telescopic manually adjustable steering wheel.
  • Power Window
  • Black Cloth Headliner
  • Ambient LED Lightning
  • Illuminated Glovebox
  • Two-Beverage Holders
  • Matte Brushed Aluminum interiors
  • Dual Front Sun-visor
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Front floor mats with fastening mechanism
  • Aluminum Door sill inlays

Infotainment System

The Audi TTS coupe comes standard with Audi MMI system. It has a 12.3 inch HD display. The infotainment system comes combined with fully digital gauge cluster fitting the infotainment screen at the place of the gauge cluster. The multi-functional steering wheel offers easy access to multimedia controls with a control knob at the center console for easy use of the infotainment system while driving.

Audi has also provided a 5.1 surround sound system, enough to bring the house down. Its virtual cockpit has several other features waiting to discover for.

Infotainment Features

  • Audi Virtual cockpit
  • MMI touch with handwriting-recognition technology
  • HD Radio Technology
  • Sirius XM satellite radio
  • Parking System Plus
  • Audi Drive Select
  • Cruise Control
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Audi Advance Key
  • Rear View Mirror
  • Rain/Light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and Headlights

Cargo Volume

The Audi TTS Coupe has 12.0 cubic foot of trunk volume. It sure is not the best in class but for a performance car, it's satisfactory. Since this coupe does not features folding rear-seats, it has fixed cargo space and the same goes for all its competitors.

Jaguar F-type Coupe has a cargo volume of 14.4 cubic foot leads the segment, followed by BMW M2 and Audi TTS putting Cayman at the last with only 9.7 cubic foot of cargo volume which is a disappointment.

Model Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Volume (ft cube) 12.0 9.7 14.4 13.8

 

2018 Audi TTS Exterior

8.8/10

“Look closely and there’s a new grille design and further wheel and colour options, while S Line spec cars get new, slightly more boisterous bumpers that make the clean TT design the slightest bit fussier. By and large it looks the same as before, though, which is fine by us; it’s a tautly designed, punchy little car that – if you can avoid the fixed spoiler of the new Black Edition – looks pleasingly pure.

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Audi TTS Coupe has a compact low profile performance focused aerodynamic body with aggressive styling complimented with a platinum gray grille. It is 165 inches long, 72.1 inch wide with 52.8 inch of height provides better headroom than others, weighing 3263 lbs, it is up to 110 lbs lighter than its predecessors, thanks to high strength steel and lightweight aluminum body. Its 98.6-inch wheelbase cost a little stability.

The 4.4 inch of ground clearance helps it to stick to the ground providing better grip at high-speed and enhancing aerodynamic. The BMW M2 Coupe is the heaviest in its class with maximum dimension. Its 106.0 inch wheelbase makes it most stable of them all. The Jaguar F-type has minimum ground clearance and Porsche Cayman is the lightest as well as smallest of all.

Model Audi TTS Coupe Porsche 718 Cayman Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Curb weight(lbs) 3263 2944 3360 3505
Length(in) 165.0 172.4 176 176.2
Width(in) 72.1 70.9 74.2 73.0
Height(in) 52.8 51.0 51.6 55.5
Ground clearance(in) 4.4 4.3 3.9 4.8
Wheelbase(in) 98.6 97.4 103.6 106.0
Track width(in) F/R 62.0/61.1 59.6/60.3 63.0/65.0 62.2/63.0

Exterior Features

  • Full LED Headlights
  • LED taillights with Turn Signals
  • Platinum Gray Single-frame Grille
  • Power-adjustable, auto-dimming, power-folding
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Fixed All-weather Light
  • S-model Quad Exhaust
  • Heated Windshield Washer
  • Adaptive Rear Spoiler
  • TTS Specific front/rear Fasciae and Side Sills.

 

2018 Audi TTS Safety

Safety Features

The Audi TTS being a performance coupe comes packed with several hi-end safety features makes it the safest car among its competitors. Equipped with all standard safety features with some additional features, this coupe cannot be any safer. Audi has not provided any optional safety features or safety packages.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Audi parking system plus Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

The Audi TTS safety ratings by NHSTA and IIHS are not yet available.

2018 Audi TTS Competition

2018 Audi TTS Coupe vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

The Porsche 718 is a compact coupe. With a price tag of $55,300 this coupe is cheaper and has a bigger powerhouse than Audi. The low profile body, with smooth curves and aerodynamic design featured with a 300 hp engine coupled with automatic transmission sums up in a performance coupe.

The Porsche 718 has best-recorded quarter-mile timing. It is the lightest car in its class with the most compact body. It sure has more powerful engine than Audi but apart from that, it loses in almost every aspect.

2018 Audi TTS Coupe vs. Jaguar F-type Coupe

The Jaguar F-type is a single row 2 seater coupe featuring a 296 hp turbocharged 2.40 L engine with 8-speed automatic transmission. It has the best in class fuel efficiency with the least CO2 emission. Priced at $59,900 it is way more costly than any other cars in its class. The F-type might excels in cargo volume and fuel efficiency but other than that it has nothing to challenge at all and considering the price margin it's totally disappointing.

2018 Audi TTS Coupe vs. BMW M2 Coupe

The BMW M2 coupe is the most powerful car with the best in class performance, it is priced at $54,500. It features a 365 hp twin-turbo engine producing 343 lb.-ft. of torque. This four-seater coupe excels its competition in power and performance but is less fuel efficient and maximum CO2 emission. On head-on comparison, BMW M2 proves to be a real deal for Audi.

2018 Audi TTS Final Verdict

The Audi TTS turns out to be the best in class coupe. Not only it is better and safer than its previous version but it also excels its competition in many aspects. It is compact, affordable, powerful and classy. Not having much to choose sure is a letdown but its driver-centric virtual cockpit combined with a powerful engine and aggressive designing makes it totally irresistible.

Even after Featuring a four-seater cabin it is actually a driver-focused coupe which offers safer comfortable sporty rides while the rear seats are just for show. It might get overpowered by the BMW M2 or Porsche 718 but after considering the price gap and other aspects Audi offers the best you can get at this price margin.

Pros

Turbo-four engine isn't lethargic

Impeccable handling makes it easy to maneuver in any situation

Audi's premium interior treatment

Cons

Restricted cargo space

Rear seats are unsuitable for adults

What's New?

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52950

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1900 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.3 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

98.6 in.

length

165 in.

width

72.1 in.

height

52.8 in.

curb weight

3241 lbs.

ground clearance

4.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

payload capacity

794 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/27 mpg

highway range

383.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Audi TTS in Mythos Black Metallic color  2018 Audi TTS in Ibis White color  2018 Audi TTS in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2018 Audi TTS in Glacier White Metallic color  2018 Audi TTS in Brilliant Black color
Mythos Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

8.8

Engine

8.0

Interior

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.7

Comfort

7.0

Features

7.6

Driving

9.5

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Audi TTS Base quattro

Base quattro

power
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$52,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $52,950 MSRP (23/25/27) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 4 NA