2017 Audi TTS

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Detailed Review

Ever since the time the first Audi TT went up for sale in the market in 1999, it has been a hugely popular car amongst the car buyers. And Audi deserves all the credit as it based this Coupe on the set Audi formula of stylish designing coupled with a powerful yet frugal engine. This car, like its predecessors, obviously going to be a hit and compete with the likes of the BMW 230i Coupe, the Cadillac ATS Coupe, and the Infiniti Q60 2.0t.

However, even with a price of around $52,500, the TTS Coupe, one has to say, is expensive than the rest, and despite that, comes with a similar engine.

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Pros

Peppy Engine

Stunning Exteriors

Spacious Cabin

Daytime running LED Headlamps

Cons

Expensive pricing

Engine output could have been better

What's New?

DriveSelect mode

Engine has been fine-tuned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52500

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

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

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

3263 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

 2017 Audi TTS in Vegas Yellow color  2017 Audi TTS in Tango Red Metallic color  2017 Audi TTS in Sepang Blue Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi TTS in Nano Gray Metallic color  2017 Audi TTS in Mythos Black Metallic color  2017 Audi TTS in Ibis White color  2017 Audi TTS in Glacier White Metallic color  2017 Audi TTS in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color
Vegas Yellow

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Ratings

Features

9.3

Engine

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.5

Driving

9.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Audi TTS Base quattro

Base quattro

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

$52,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $52,500 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

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 8, 2019

8.3

Overall Rating


9.3/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Powered with a 2.0 Liter TFSI 4-cylinders direct injection engine, it generates about 292 hp at 5400rpm and 280 lb-ft at 1900rpm, figures which are at par with the rivals, despite an almost $14,000 price difference.

 

2017 Audi TTS Features

9.3/10

The 2017 Audi TTS Coupe is available in just a single version, a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 4-cylinders which give decent torque and power output. It does get the option of a Quattro All-wheel drive option though. This car is a unique mix of sleek exterior designing and snazzy Interiors. It has a great infotainment system, coupled with a membership of SiriusXM satellite radio.

Trim

Audi TTS Coupe

MSRP

$52,500

Key

Features

  • MMI® radio plus with nine speakers and single CD player with MP3 playback capability
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 90-day trial subscription
  • Garage door opener (HomeLink®)
  • Rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights
  • Audi virtual cockpit with Sport mode
  • Audi advanced key—keyless start, stop and entry
  • TTS-specific front/rear fasciae and side sills
  • Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille
  • LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
  • Leather/Alcantara® seating surfaces with contrast diamond stitching (with S embossing)
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass

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There is no choice here as the 2017 Audi TTS Coupe comes with just a single trim. However, this trim has everything, right from the rain sensing wipers and headlamps to the Audi smart key which allows keyless start and stop.

With snazzy styling and peppy performance, the TT and TTS appeal to both the practical and the passionate.- Caranddriver

2017 Audi TTS Engine

7.8/10

The 2017 Audi TTS Coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI 4-cylinder direct injection Engine which produces 292 hp at 5400rpm and 280 lb-ft at 1900rpm, which provides an option for an all-wheel-drive system with the 6-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Standard all-wheel drive means it's sure-footed in any kind of weather - Caranddriver

The TFSI direct injection engine has been specially designed to improve the fuel efficiency, and one must say that it does the needful pretty well.

Models Audi TTS Coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
MSRP $52,500 $33,150 $37,595 $38,950
Engine 2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder direct-injection 2.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder 16V 2.0L Turbo, I4, DI, DOHC, VVT 2.0L I4 Turbo
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Horsepower 292 hp @ 5400 rpm 248 hp @ 5200 rpm 272 hp @ 5500 rpm 208 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

All the four rivals have a similar capacity 2.0-liter engine which even produces comparable amount of torque and power, as mentioned earlier.

Acceleration

The TTS has an all-wheel drive that gives ride comfort and quality. The TTS Coupe, despite a similar engine, plays the perfect catch-up to its competitors, reaching the speed of 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and covering a quarter mile in 12.8 seconds. Both the figures are best in class.

Models Audi TTS coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
0-60 MPH 4.6 sec 5.3 sec 5.7 sec 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 12.8 sec 14.4 sec 14.2 sec 17.3 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission

 

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

7.0 6.3 7.1 7.0

We have to say that the BMW and the Cadillac are pretty much same while going from 0-60 mph as well as the quarter mile segment, going head-to-head in both the parameters. However, the Infiniti Q60 lags way behind its rivals, something the Infiniti engineers need to look into as quickly as possible.

Handling and Steering

The drive and handling quality of the Audi has always been top class, and the TTS Coupe doesn't disappoint either. The Drive select mode is amazing, as it adds up to the weight of the steering and makes the car much more confident at high speeds.

As it is an all-wheel drive, the Audi is agile along the corners and responds well with the all season tires.

Braking

The 2017 Audi TTS Coupe has the brakes which match its acceleration. It does get the Anti-locking braking system, which does well on bad roads.

Model Audi TTS Coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
Brake Front (in.) 13.3 12.3 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 12.2 11.4 12.4 12.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3263 3373 3411 3727
60-0 MPH (ft.) 103.0 106 115 113

The brake sizes are also great, with the TTS Coupe taking about 103 feet to stop from a speed of 60 mph. Again these figures are best in class and that too by a pretty big margin in this regard.

This Audi Coupe does look like any other premium Audi available in the market. With the trademark vertical rails and the Audi logo, this coupe looks as good as any available in the market. The bigger tires too add up to the look. The metallic paint too looks pleasing to the eye.

 

2017 Audi TTS Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The much more refined engine does what was expected from it. With a city mpg of 23 mpg and that of 27 on the highway, this economy is definitely top notch from Audi.

Model Audi TTS Coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
MPG (city) 23 24 22 22
MPG (highway) 27 35 31 30
MPG (combined) 25 28 25 25

The Infiniti and the Cadillac too give equal economy figures of 25 mpg combined, while the BMW 230i is the best in this parameter with an economy of 28 mpg.

2017 Audi TTS Interior

7.0/10

While the previous TTS Coupe had a decent interior design, the new TTS has one of the best cabins in this range. The new digital gauges give it a sporty feel yet a premium look as well. And with a touchscreen infotainment system, it makes the cabin experience, one with the highest quality.

"Impeccable cabin design bolstered by an impressive level of technology" -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Audi TTS is a two-row cruiser which accommodates 4 people. It provides heated and cooled seating as well. The passenger rear seats are also electrically powered. The driver's seat is a bit hard but that shouldn't be much of an issue.

Model Audi TTS Coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
Passenger capacity 4 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.1/53.6/41.1 40.1/54.4/41.5 37.6/54.1/42.3 37.9/54.6/43.1
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

33.8/47.9/28.9 36.5/53.4/33.0 35.1/51.1/33.5 34.5/52.0/32.4

The seats are electronically powered providing ample support to the driver. They are made of premium synthetic leather upholstery. Add to that leather-wrapped steering wheel that can be adjusted to the preference and provides all-wheel steering drive.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 3-Step Heated Front Sport Seats -inc: 12-way power seats w/4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges-inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer, and Trip Computer
  • Fixed Rear Windows
  • Sport Leather/Aluminum Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Compass
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Leather/Alcantara Seating Surfaces
  • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum Door Panel Insert, Aluminum Console Insert and Aluminum Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Net
  • Rigid Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Driver And Passenger Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration

   Infotainment

The Audi touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use. It provides great interface, coupled with excellent sound, and also includes:

  • Radio: MMI AM/FM/SAT w/1 CD Player -inc: Audi music interface w/2 USB ports, 1 auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth wireless technology preparation for compatible mobile devices (w/streaming audio), MP3 reading capability, 2 SD card slots, presets, phase diversity for improved AM/FM reception, RDS (Radio Data System) displays radio station call letters and other information and GALA (Graduated Audio Level Adjustment) which varies volume based on vehicle speed, theft deterrent design, SiriusXM satellite radio w/90-day trial subscription and voice control system
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
  • 155W Audi Sound System w/9 Speakers
  • 155w Regular Amplifier
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front

Cargo

The 2017 Audi TTS Coupe has a spacious trunk. There is no load lip to lift up the baggages. The storage spaces are excellent with a 12V socket as well. The rear seats are foldable, creating extra room.

Model Audi TTS Coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 12.0 13.8 10.4 8.7

The BMW 230i coupe is the best here as well, but the Audi is just a shade behind, while the Infiniti, the engineers need to rework this parameter as well.

2017 Audi TTS Exterior

8.5/10

Dimension and Weight

The Audi has always looked sleek and stylish, and this one is the same as well. It looks beautiful from the inside as well as from the outside.

Model Audi TTS Coupe BMW 230i coupe Cadillac ATS coupe Infiniti Q60 2.0t
Curb weight (lbs.) 3263 3373 3411 3727
Length(in) 165.0 174.7 183.6 184.4
Width(in) 72.1 69.8 72.5 72.8
Height(in) 52.8 55.8 54.8 54.9
Ground clearance (in) 4.4 5.5 5.0 4.9
Wheelbase (in) 98.6 105.9 109.3 112.2
Track width (in) F/R 62.0/61.1 59.9/61.3 60.3/61.7 61.2/62.2

The Audi does lag behind in this parameter. It is the smallest car in this regard, with the smallest ground clearance of 4.4 inches. What is worth mentioning is that despite the small dimensions, the cabin looks roomier from the inside.

The BMW is the best under this parameter, with the biggest cabin space and ground clearance, showing off its off-road nature.

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Power Spoiler
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brake lights

2017 Audi TTS Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA have not yet rated the 2017 Audi TTS Coupe.

The various safety features in the 2017 Audi TTS Coupe are:

  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Front passenger occupant detection for airbags
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and Sideguard head curtain airbags
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with secondary collision brake assist
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD)
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer

2017 Audi TTS Competition

BMW 230i Coupe Vs Audi TTS Coupe

The Audi and the BMW have almost the same engine specifications, and while the Audi does have a better pickup and acceleration along with braking, a $19,000 price difference is too big a difference to ignore. Add to that that the BMW is much more spacious and fuel efficient.

So, with such a big price difference and the fact that the BMW does score on practicality, it will be seen as the obvious pick amongst the two heavyweights.

Cadillac ATS Coupe Vs Audi TTS Coupe

The Audi has far more advantages than the Cadillac ATS Coupe. Although the engine and power generation is the same, the Audi acceleration cannot be left behind. It also has a much roomier and spacious cabin than the Cadillac.

The Cadillac is although the bigger car, the underrated Interiors come to the fore for the Audi, which also has a much bigger trunk. Thus emerging as a clear winner here, price disregarded.

Infiniti Q60 2.0t Vs Audi TTS Coupe

Again like the other two, the engine of the Infiniti Q60 and the Audi TTS Coupe are similar. But sad to say, that is the only parameter where the Infiniti does well to compete with the likes of the Audi and the BMW.

Acceleration, pickup, braking, trunk space, interior comfort, you name it and the Audi win it big time! The only consolation for the Infiniti can be that it has a similar fuel economy and ground clearance.

Enough said no guesses for guessing the Audi is the clear winner, despite the huge price difference.

2017 Audi TTS Final Verdict

The 2017 Audi TTS Coupe may not be too cheap and doesn't have a big engine. However, it is nothing short of a true Audi experience. It gives the sporty feel, is luxurious from the inside and has a peppy drive quality to it.

It has got everything, right from the sleek styling and comfy interiors to a peppy and responsive engine. Add to that the price at which it comes, which is too less for so many features.

However, if you look at the rivals, one can say without any hesitation that the BMW 230i would be a more practical buy. Although both of them go head-on in all the parameters, the space inside the cabin and the ground clearance is something which pips the comparison in BMW's favor. Also the price difference is too big to not have a look at.