2014-2017 Audi TT Pros and Cons

We’ve been playing with a fun new toy designed by out of work BlackBerry programmers we found milling around a net neutrality conference. After wrangling them up and taking them to the sub-basement deep below the VW Vortex Media Group Towers (actually, it’s a small cottage out in the woods) they came up with the Algorithmotron 3000, a steam-powered forum searching machine that we use to see what real readers are saying about their ownership experience.

This week we’re breaking our back, shoveling coal into the Algorithmotron 3000 to find out what owners of the latest generation TT (that’s the MQB TT) are saying about the car. Naturally, the car seems to be a hit among owners. With speed, traction, and an absolute peach of an engine, the car arouses deep loyalty among its owners, but that’s not to say that ownership experience hasn’t been without its difficulties.

The seats, it seems, are the focus of most owners’ complaints, with a few issues–some serious, some not–affecting owners. The biggest issue, by far, is their actual construction, and their knack for coming asunder. Forum member Vegas-RoadsTTer had this to say about the plastic splitting off the seats.

It appears that plastic trim separating from the seats is a chronic problem and a TSB has been issued by Audi. However, at least one owner was told that this would only be done under warranty for the first year or 12K miles because it is a “wear part”. Check your seats.

Less serious, but perhaps more annoying for owners of the TT RS, is that the seats don’t come with a memorizing option. Akenmaat had this to say:

You are correct. [Seat memory] seems likely to be voted the most desirable feature that didn’t make it into the car.

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The lack of an infotainment screen also means that you have to find a good phone mount. GaBoYnFLA‘s MkII TTS phone mount didn’t fit his new TT RS.

What type of phone mount are you using? iPhone 6plus. I need mine mounted to use Waze….I have it on a clip mount in the center vent on my Mk II TTS but that won’t work on the new TTRS. Ideas.

And while you may not care, the mileage does take a dip as compared the A3, which is based on the same platform and uses the same engines. User kpiskin did a little research and came to this conclusion:

This may seem silly, but I am curious why the TTS gets 27mpg when the S3 and Golf R both get 31mpg. I figure it might be better in the TTS since it’s lighter and maybe more aerodynamic. Maybe it’s the gearing?

I think it is due to gearing after all. TTS has the shortest gears of the following:
TTS
Gear ratios: 1st 2.933
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.957
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.379
Gear ratios: 4th 1.026
Gear ratios: 5th 1.061
Gear ratios: 6th 0.872
Gear ratios: Reverse 3.263
Gear ratios: Final Drive 1st – 4th, 4.769 5th – 6th, 3.444
TT
Gear ratios: 1st 2.923
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.792
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.185
Gear ratios: 4th 0.829
Gear ratios: 5th 0.862
Gear ratios: 6th 0.686
Gear ratios: Reverse 3.263
Gear ratios: Final Drive 1st – 4th, 4.769 5th – 6th, 3.444
S3
Gear ratios: 1st 2.923
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.833
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.308
Gear ratios: 4th 0.969
Gear ratios: 5th 1.037
Gear ratios: 6th 0.812
Gear ratios: Reverse 3.263
Gear ratios: Final Drive 1st – 4th, 4.769, 5th – 6th, 3.444
A3
Gear ratios: 1st 2.923
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.792
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.143
Gear ratios: 4th 0.778
Gear ratios: 5th 0.800
Gear ratios: 6th 0.639
Gear ratios: Reverse 3.264
Gear ratios: Final Drive 4.769 / 3.444

Moving to the more ambiguous features: the wheels. While they could hardly be accused of being ugly, for track or autocross use, they’re a little large. Fortunately, that’s easily solved, according to user mossback:

Changed out my 20″ wheels for some light weight 18×9 Neuspeed wheels and 255\40\18 Bridgestone RE71r, this was a huge improvement in both acceleration, stopping and corner forces.

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The TT also comes with a spare tire, which surprised a few owners, but was considered to be a good thing. Along with the spare, Audi has moved on to a safer scissor jack for side-of-the-road use. Users Nin Din Din and Huey had this to share.

It appears they heard enough people bitchin’ about it. I’m glad they brought it back. Now Audi has to give the power seats memory.

Standard scissor jack. No widow maker (although an elegant design). Audi learned there, too.

As for performance, a few users were considering the TT’s more practical cousin, the Golf R. With its higher price and inferior capacity, some people wondered if the TT was worth it. Owners all agreed, it was. While no one had anything bad to say about the Golf, they all agreed that the TT is a more focused car. User Woj summed it up thusly:

Initial impression is that the TTS is faster, corners flatter and the ultimate grip is obviously better on with the magnetic ride setup and Pirelli 255/30 R20 tires.

The conclusion? The worst thing about the MQB TT is having to be mature while the car breaks in. Cale262 had this to share after taking delivery of his TT RS:

Took delivery of mine yesterday…the break in period is going to kill me.

This article first appeared on Fourtitude