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2015 Audi TTS

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/17/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Audi TTS now comes standard with heated seats. A new Competition Package is also available and comes with a fixed rear spoiler, front and rear disc brakes with black calipers, five-spoke rotor wheels with silver finish and Baseball Optic leather seats with yellow accents and contrast stitching. Cars equipped with the Competition Package are only available in Imola Yellow or Nimbus Gray exterior paint. A roll bar covered in black leather is a new standalone option for the TTS.

Vehicle Summary

The Audi TTS is the performance variant of the TT coupe and convertible. The two-door shares the same turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 as the base model but produces more power at 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is the only gearbox available while all-wheel drive is standard on both body styles. Fuel economy is surprisingly good at 22/31 mpg city/highway in both the coupe and convertible. A redesigned TT and TTS will go on sale as 2016 model year vehicles.

Overview

Thanks to its stiff chassis and all-wheel-drive system, the 2015 Audi TTS handles exceptionally well and remains stable through turns. Power from the turbo-four is ample, but the transmission is best left in manual mode since it doesn't downshift fast enough, especially when exiting corners. While the coupe technically has seating for four passengers, the two useless-for-people rear seats are best used to maximize cargo capacity, at 24.1 cubic feet in the coupe with the seats folded.

What We Think

The 2015 Audi TTS is a good choice among sports coupes and convertibles, offering great performance and surprisingly good fuel economy. In a comparison test against the Nissan 370Z, BMW Z4 sDrive35i, and Porsche Boxster S, the TTS placed second because it was "extremely well planted and confident" through twisty roads. However, the car's automatic gearbox was hesitant to downshift when taking turns even in Sport mode.

You'll Like

  • Confident handling
  • Surprisingly good fuel economy for a sporty car
  • All-wheel drive is standard

You Won't Like

  • Steering feel is lacking
  • Transmission is hesitant even in Sport mode
  • Rear seats in the coupe are uncomfortably small

Key Competitors

  • Porsche Boxster/Cayman S
  • BMW Z4 sDrive35i
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK350
  • Alfa Romeo 4C

Rating

3 star

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