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The features available for the 2008 Audi TT are practical and entertaining, but expensive.
The chief option is a convertible roof. The top used in the Audi TT Roadster is exceptionally tight and shuts out most road and wind noise, and a new wind deflector helps curb turbulence at speed with the top down. Also, the top doesn't cut into trunk space as much as most folding hardtops.
The Auto Channel reports that the Audi TT has standard height-adjustable seats and a tilt/telescope steering wheel, which helps drivers find a good driving position in this low-riding sports coupe.
Like other Audi models, the TT employs the MMI controls for most functions. While this is not as frustratingly complex as rival BMW's iDrive system, there is a learning curve involved according to Forbes Autos, which states that "technophobes may want to stay clear and forgo the navigation system" (not included without the MMI option).
Options like Bluetooth, the Magnetic Ride Suspension, and a navigation system are all desirable options, but the charges can add up quickly, Automotive.com says. The cost of a "fully loaded" Audi TT 2008 can go as much as $12,000 above the regular sticker price once you add features like the Premium Package, which includes heated, 10-way adjustable seats, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, and--for the roadster--a power-operated top costing over $3,000. The Enhanced Package, which offers leather seats and a trunk pass-through ski sack for the roadster, runs over $1,200. The Magnetic Ride Suspension, which adds safety as well as comfort, and the much-touted S tronic six-speed transmission are a cool $1,400 each. The adaptive headlights, another safety feature, will cost you an extra $800, and a Bluetooth wireless system for your cell phone is around $450.
Making matters worse, many of these features are unavailable on the base Audi TT.
Unless you want a completely stripped-down 2008 Audi TT, be prepared to pay a fair amount more for those useful options.