Audi TT, 2008–2014. Click image to enlarge
Review by Justin Pritchard
Vehicle Type: Coupe/Convertible
History/Description: The Audi TT was available, in its last seven-year generation, in a vast plethora of variants. Look for coupes, convertibles, front or all-wheel drive, four, five or six-cylinder power with and/or with turbocharging, and two performance variants in case you figure you’re a bit of an adrenaline junky who needs a 360 hp Quattro-rocket. If you’re not, you’ll find plenty of selection on models with 200 hp and up.
Feature content included heated leather seats, automatic climate control, automatic wipers, a premium audio system, xenon lights, multimedia interface, satellite radio, keyless engine start with intelligent key, a factory sports exhaust system and plenty more.
Note that the Audi TT was not offered for the 2007 model year. This generation saw sales starting in 2007 for the 2008 model year.
Engines / Trim: The majority of TT models in the used market will pack the VW Group 2.0T engine – a well-known and proven 2.0L turbo four-cylinder making 200 or 211 hp in standard TT models depending on the year. A tweaked-up, 265 hp version of this engine powered the sportier TTS models. Early TT units in this generation could be had with a 3.2L V6, with around 250 hp, as well.
The TT RS will be a rarer find in the used market, and packs a 2.5L five-cylinder engine with 360 hp – backed by various chassis and body upgrades to complement the high-output engine. Look for manual or dual-clutch transmissions, depending on the model you’re after. Except for the rorty-snorty TT RS, which is geared towards manly tough-guys of the highest magnitude and only comes with a stick.
The audio package adds a 10-speaker up-level BOSE audio system with premium components. An S-Line package is available on the TT, adds nappa leather sports seats, special exterior upgrades, unique badges and more.
Audi Magnetic Ride technology was also available to let drivers set their TT’s suspension into one of two modes at the touch of a button. The Normal mode prioritizes an all-around balance of handling and comfort for touring and general driving. The Sport mode offers higher damping rates to help keep the TT Roadster’s body sprung more tightly against its wheels for suppressed body roll and more precise cornering.
What Owners Like: Most owners report positively on all-season performance, handling, confidence, the uniqueness of their ride, the premium look and feel to the cabin, and a relatively generous cargo hold, complemented by folding rear seats on coupe models. Most models are said to turn in surprisingly good fuel mileage too – thank the light weight, aerodynamics and all direct-injection engine line up.
What Owners Dislike: Common complaints are typical of this sort of vehicle, and tended to centre around limited space, limited passenger room, a rough ride on some surfaces and limited everyday practicality, according to some drivers. At hand storage for smaller items you’d like to keep nearby is limited, and there’s no arm-rest, which is a pain in the ass if you have arms, which you probably do.
You can check out some owner reviews on autoTRADER.ca.
Audi TT, 2008–2014. Click image to enlarge
The Test Drive: Given the incredible array of available TT models you’ll likely encounter in the used market, it’s best to start with some general test-drive tips and then move into more specific ones.
Considering a roadster model? Put on your used convertible shopper’s hat. Put the candidate’s roof up and down several times – ensuring the hinges move freely, the roof assembly doesn’t bind or catch, and that the roof itself is free of damage. Does that cloth top have rips? Tears? Excessive wear? Duct-tape patches? Does the roof motor on that power-top model whine and strain like an overloaded food-processor? Inspect for signs of water leakage, too. Is there dampness or rust in the area where the roof stores away? What about in and under the foot-well carpeting? Does the cabin smell like mildew, possibly masked with Febreeze? All of these signs could indicate a problematic water leak. Pull up the carpeting in the trunk to look for signs of water damage, leaks and rust, too.
Convertibles use a complex network of rubber seals around the doors, windows, tonneau cover and roof mechanism to keep wind and water out of the car. These rubber seals may require periodic attention, mostly, in the form of some lubricating substance that keeps them soft, plump and effective. Look at all of the rubber seals on the convertible you’re considering – ensuring they’re not dried out, cracking, falling apart or missing altogether.