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TheCarConnection.com has read what other experts have to say about the 2009 Audi TT and brought you highlights as part of a full review. The editors of TheCarConnection.com have also put the TT and new TTS through their paces and add their feedback and impressions here to produce a comprehensive review.
- Supportive seats and great driving position
- Spirited, frugal 2.0T engine
- Automatic S tronic gearbox
- Surprising amount of cargo space for a sporty car
- Understated but upscale interior
- Roadster’s tight soft-top arrangement
- V-6 engine doesn’t feel much perkier
- TT isn’t the head-turner it once was
- MMI system out of place in a roadster
Last year Audi gave the TT a complete redesign; while the new TT doesn't make the design waves that the first-generation car did, the automaker finally dials up the TT’s performance to suit its racy profile. The 2009 Audi TT gets a few minor changes but is essentially carried over; however, 2009 brings an all-new, higher-performance TTS variant.
On the standard TT are two different engine options: a turbocharged four-cylinder model with front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive, and a V-6 model with quattro. Of these two, the V-6 is a little bit faster, but heavier, giving the 2.0T a peppier feel. The four-cylinder engine also gets much better fuel economy than the V-6, with EPA ratings of up to 23 mpg city, 31 highway.
The new 2009 Audi TTS comes with a higher-output 265-horsepower version of the 2.0T engine and includes magnetic ride suspension with standard and Sport settings—Sport mode lowers its ride by 0.39 inch—plus upgraded vented discs and a performance exhaust. And in the TTS, the electronic stability control includes a new mode for track days that allows controlled drifting (along with a digital lap timer). The TTS can hit 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.