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2016 Audi TTS

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/22/2015 Zach Gale
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New for 2016

The 2016 Audi TTS has been redesigned and gains a new evolutionary exterior design, a more powerful engine, Audi's virtual cockpit, and the latest iteration of the MMI infotainment system. Additionally, the new car is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group's scalable MQB platform, making it stiffer and lighter than the previous generation.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Audi TTS is the higher-performance variant of the TT sports car and is only available as a coupe with a 2+2 seating configuration.

Overview

The TTS is powered by a 292-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 with 280 lb-ft of torque, and uses a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive at 23/30 mpg city/highway.

One of the highlights in the 2016 TTS is the cabin and its virtual cockpit, which uses a 12.3-inch TFT digital screen to display the navigation map and instruments. Three modes are available: the first emphasizes the navigation map and shrinks the speedometer and tachometer, the second enlarges the instrumentations and shrinks the map in the center, and finally the third is a sport setting with a large analog-style tach and a digital speedometer in the center. Audi's MMI system is also present with a rotary knob and steering wheel controls; however, the front passenger won't be able to make navigation or radio inputs since there's no screen on the center stack.

Despite being a performance-focused machine, the TTS is surprisingly practical in the coupe body style thanks to its 10.8-cubic foot cargo area that can be expanded to 25.1 cubic feet. However, even though there are rear seats in the coupe, its best treated as additional cargo space because there's next to no room back there for humans of any size and stature.

Safety

Standard safety features in the 2016 TTS include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Blind spot warning is available but it only comes with the Technology package.

Trims, Packages, and What's Standard

There's plenty of standard features in the 2016 TTS including automatic full LED headlights, LED taillights, quad exhaust tips, 12-way heated and power adjustable front S sport seats, split folding rear seatbacks, leather/Alcantara upholstery, Audi's MMI infotainment system with touch pad controls, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and start, Audi Drive Select, rear parking sensors, and the slick virtual cockpit. The Technology package adds navigation, heated power-folding side mirrors, a rearview camera, and blind spot warning. Nappa leather upholstery, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, and red brake calipers are available as standalone options.

What We Think

Improvements made to the 2016 Audi TTS have made it into a stronger performer, offering excellent handling and acceleration wrapped in a distinctive and well-crafted package. In a First Drive review, we said that the car drives better thanks to the powerful engine, and performance-tuned chassis with magnetic shocks, giving it an excellent straight line acceleration, agility, and little body roll. However, the TTS' steering, while precise, is typical Audi, with little road feel and too light in all but Dynamic mode where it's too firm. The interior, on the other hand, is beautifully done and well-built, featuring a clean, simple design that's elegant and "almost like that of a concept car."

Cool Fact

The version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four used in the TTS is the same unit found in the European-market Seat Leon ST Cupra 280, the fastest wagon to lap the Nrburgring Nordshcleife race track.

You'll Like:

  • Quick and nimble all in one package
  • Well-built and designed interior
  • Surprisingly spacious cargo area in the coupe

You Won't Like:

  • Steering feel is lacking
  • Rear seats in the coupe aren't for humans

Key Competitors

  • Porsche Boxster S
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK350
  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • Nissan 370Z
  • BMW Z4 sDrive35is

--Stefan Ogbac

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