Minor aesthetic changes, slight powertrain improvements

Audi first introduced the TT as a sporty compact two-door in the late ‘90s, with the latest third-generation model arriving in 2014 at the Geneva International Motor Show. Offered with both a hardtop coupe and a drop-top roadster body style, the TT is looking to get a mild refresh heading into the 2019 model year. Updates include the usual bumper treatment changes and a few extra mpg and horsepower under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Audi TT Coupe.

2019 Audi TT Coupe Exterior Styling

- * Looks more or less the same as before
- * Reshaped intakes
- * Options for more aggressive styling spec
- * Takes cues from the R8
- * Large Singleframe grille design
- * Shiny trim bits throughout
- * Reshaped headlights and taillights
- * LED lighting elements
- * Standard 18-inch wheels
- * Adaptive rear spoiler
- * Optional 19-inch wheels as well

2019 Audi TT Exterior Spyshots
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This latest model still gets a select number of updates to keep it feeling a bit fresh over the outgoing version.

We previously saw the up-and-coming Audi TT in its hotter open-top iteration, also known as the RS Roadster. By comparison, the model you see here undergoing a bit of white-weather testing is the more pedestrian TT Coupe version, which isn’t as quick as the RS, but still comes with loads of good stuff all the same.

Outside, the styling is a bit less aggressive than the RS, with slightly rounder shapes and smaller intakes. However, this latest model still gets a select number of updates to keep it feeling a bit fresh over the outgoing version.

The shape, however, doesn’t change all that much. You still get the same easily recognizable exterior lines, and although the cockpit has been moved back a bit over the years, the TT still has that same bubbly aesthetic we’ve known before. It looks good, matching sportiness with elegance, plus a dash of futuristic pizzaz to boot.

As for specifics on the fresh aesthetic, look for the 2019 design to take its cues from Audi’s top sports model, the R8. That should include a slight revision to the bumper design, with reshaped intakes and an extra lower character line here or there.

Of course, the frontend will still be dominated by Audi’s characteristic Singleframe grille design, which will get the same horizontal dividing lines to add an extra dimension of visual width to the machine.

However, on either side of this extra-large central intake will be a pair of reshaped headlight housings. We expect these to come with a slimmer design overall, plus some new daytime running lights with new, longer light bars underneath.

LED lighting elements will come as standard, although in overseas markets, halogen lights will come as standard. And as for those large front rally lights you see in the included spy shots, well, those are there only for testing purposes. Oh well.

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There should also be some very tasty dynamic turn signals to add even more visual drama to it.

Moving on, look for the same chrome outlines and detailing as before. There should also be some very tasty dynamic turn signals to add even more visual drama to it. In the corners, the 2019 TT will also get new designs for the standard 18-inch alloy wheels.

Moving to the rear, look for a pair of rounded exhaust tips in the lower bumper corners. Higher up will be reshaped, sharp taillight housings, and even higher than that will be an adaptive spoiler offering either more downforce or reduced drag, as the situation may warrant.

Options like the S line competition pack will once again make their appearance, adding upgrades like new glossy black trim elements, larger 19-inch wheels, and a sporty red finish for the brake calipers.

Sizing should remain unaltered. For reference, you can check out the current model’s exterior dimensions in the table below.

2018 Audi TT Coupe exterior dimensions

Overall Length 164.7 inches
Overall Height 53.2 inches
Wheelbase 98.6 inches
Overall Width 72.1 inches
Front Track 61.9 inches
Rear Track 61.1 inches

2019 Audi TT Coupe Interior Design

- * 2+2 seating arrangement
- * Wide, horizontal dash design
- * Short central stack
- * 12-way power adjusting seats
- * High-end materials used throughout
- * Leather, Alcantara, and aluminum
- * Latest infotainment bits
- * 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster
- * Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
- * Bluetooth support
- * 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection
- * Same interior dimensions as before

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Note: 2018 Audi TT Coupe pictured here.

Drivers will get to grips with a three-spoke steering wheel, which might see a few small changes going into the 2019 model year.

Inside the cabin, the 2019 Audi TT Coupe will once again offer passengers a 2+2 seating arrangement, as well as the same overall look and layout as before. The dash will be wide and horizontal and come with a line of rounded air vents, plus a short central stack and a long, wide center tunnel.

The seating will include sizable side bolsters to keep you in place while cornering, plus sumptuous upholstery and 12-way power adjustments. Drivers will get to grips with a three-spoke steering wheel, which might see a few small changes going into the 2019 model year, but should continue with the flat-bottom design and shift paddles mounted in the sides.

Per usual, high-end materials will be used throughout, including leather upholstery for the seats, Alcantara wrappings around the door panels, and aluminum trim bits for the center console and air vents. The pedals will also use alloy and rubber for a decidedly sporty feel.

If you’re looking for even more sportiness, Audi is offering up the S line competition pack, which will add luxury details such as leather and Alcantara sections for the seats and brushed aluminum inlays. While not exactly cutting-edge performance stuff like you might expect from a name like “S line competition,” it’s still a nice bit of kit to add to the already plush TT interior spec.

One thing that’s for sure gonna make it into the next model year is a lineup of the very latest infotainment tech that Audi can muster. Most prominent in this space will be the Audi-branded Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster, which will once again come equipped as standard on the TT. The Virtual Cockpit is essentially a 12.3-inch instrument display used as a replacement for the standard analog gauge cluster, offering customized information access for the driver to use while on the move. Of course, this includes the usual speedometer and tachometer stuff, just as you’d expect, but the digital display can also be used for complementary functions such as navigation, including turn-by-turn directions and Google Earth images. Multiple display modes will be offered depending on your preferences.

Further infotainment features will include user inputs via MMI touch and handwriting-recognition technology, while voice recognition and controls on the steering wheel add other touch points for the onboard systems. A smartphone interface with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will round it out, offering features like calling access, music streaming, and further app support.

Audi Connect with Wi-Fi access will be included for all onboard passengers via a 4G LTE connection. There should also be ample Bluetooth support as well. A Bang & Olufsen sound system will be optional.

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We’re also expecting to see the TT come with some upgraded self-driving features with Audi’s latest advanced autonomous tech.

We’re also expecting to see the TT come with some upgraded self-driving features with Audi’s latest advanced autonomous tech. While it probably won’t be able to drive you down to the store completely free from human inputs, it will certainly come with basics like adaptive cruise control; lane keep assist, blind spot monitor, and other similar systems. Also expect stuff like a high-tech parking system complete with a rearview camera and guidelines in the screen, as well as proximity sensors to warn you if you’re getting too close.

Finally, the dimensions of the passenger space should remain as is. For reference, the current model’s interior dimensions are listed below.

2018 Audi TT Coupe interior dimensions

Head room (front) 37.1 inches
Head room (rear) 33.8 inches
Leg room (front) 41.1 inches
Leg room (rear) 28.9 inches
Shoulder room (front) 53.6 inches
Shoulder room (rear) 47.9 inches
Cargo capacity 12 cubic feet

2019 Audi TT Coupe Drivetrain And Performance

- * Same powertrain lineup as before
- * 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder
- * 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet for the base model
- * 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet for the S model
- * 1.8-liter gas and 2.0-liter diesel overseas
- * Improved efficiency across the board
- * A few extra mpg, a few extra ponies
- * Quattro AWD as standard
- * Six-speed automatic transmission
- * Multiple drive modes
- * Lightweight aluminum architecture
- * 3,200-pound curb weight

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Note: 2018 Audi TT engine pictured here.

Put your foot down, and the 0 to 60 mph is done in 5.3 seconds. Meanwhile the top speed comes to 130 mph.

Mounted in the nose of the 2019 Audi TT will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder powerplant, much like in the current model. For now, the 2.0-liter is rated at 220 horsepower, produced between 4,500 and 6,200 rpm. Torque is rated at a stout 258 pound-feet starting at just 1,600 rpm.

Put your foot down, and the 0 to 60 mph is done in 5.3 seconds. Meanwhile the top speed comes to 130 mph.

Also look for the S model, which for the moment boosts the standard model’s four-cylinder up to 292 horsepower between 5,400 and 6,200 rpm, as well as 280 pound-feet of torque between 1,900 to 5,300 rpm. The acceleration also improves, dropping the run to 60 mph to 4.6 seconds, while the top speed is pegged at 155 mph.

Overseas, the TT comes with a few other options for the power plant, including a 1.8-liter TFSI four-cylinder for the base model. There’s also a 2.0-liter TDI diesel offered in European markets, but with declining sales numbers across the board, it’s highly likely Audi will elect to drop the oil burner altogether.

Regardless, improved efficiency across the line is a sure thing for this refresh, with a few extra ponies and a few extra mpg to match.

And of course, you can’t forget that Audi is once again offering the TT with an RS version for a little go-faster fun.

Quattro AWD is also expected to come as standard, with a variety of selectable drive modes included to set the torque split between the front and rear axles as desired. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox will swap cogs for you.

Further drive mode selections will set up additional vehicle functions, with modes like “Comfort,” “Auto,” “Dynamic,” and the fully custom “Individual” rounding it out.

Underneath the skin will be Volkswagen’s somewhat ubiquitous MQB platform, the same architecture used on models like the Audi A3, Audi Q2, Seat Ibiza, Volkswagen Golf, and Volkswagen Jetta, among others.

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Managing the corner duties will be the same aluminum-intensive independent suspension spec as before.

Managing the corner duties will be the same independent suspension spec as before, with a MacPherson strut setup in front and a four-link in the rear. Aluminum components will be used throughout, which will help to cut a bit of weight, while an aluminum-intensive construction for the body and chassis curbs the weight even further. All told, we expect the 2019 Audi TT to once again tip the scales at roughly 3,200 pounds.

Throwing the anchor will be large 12.3-inch disc brakes in front, while an electromechanical power steering with a progressive steering rate feature will point it in the desired direction.

2019 Audi TT Coupe Prices

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With so few updates heading into the 2019 model year, it should come as no surprise that we expect the 2019 Audi TT to come with the same price tag as we see with the current model. That means it’ll start at $43,950, with a list of optional equipment padding the bottom line substantially.

Look for an official debut some time later in 2018.

2019 Audi TT Coupe Competition

BMW 2 Series Coupe

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The Bavarians are no stranger to making fun little two-doors, and the latest 2 Series fills that role quite naturally. Making it go is a base-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is turbocharged to produce upwards of 248 horsepower. There’s also a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder if you’re looking for extra muscle, which produces upwards of 335 ponies. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends it all to the rear wheels as standard, while AWD is an available option. If you need even more speed, go for the M240i option.

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe.

Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

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The SLC is every bit the head-turner as the TT, but with a splash of extra Mercedes curb appeal to boot. While it’ll keep you warm when the weather is cold thanks to its retractable hardtop roof, it’ll also let in the sunshine when the mood strikes you, going full-on roadster mode at the push of a button. Motivation is provided by a turbocharged inline four-cylinder producing upwards of 241 horsepower, all of which is sent to the rear axle through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Put your foot down, and the 60 mph mark arrives in a little over 5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 155 mph. Throw in a slick interior spec and extra options for high-tech features, and the SLC-Class might be a better option than the Audi.

Read our full review of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class.

Final Thoughts

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Taking a step back, there’s nothing all that surprising about this latest refresh for the TT.

Taking a step back, there’s nothing all that surprising about this latest refresh for the TT. It stays faithful to the original formula of a small, fun-loving body style, mixed with a soft-touch-laden interior spec and sharper good looks.

While we would have liked it if Audi added something a bit extra beyond small reshapes for the bumpers and a few extra ponies, we can’t really complain all that much. Because after all, this is Audi we’re talking about, and if we really wanna get any substantial update, we’re gonna have to wait until the full-fledged generational changeover in a few years’ time. For now though, the TT looks to continue as is.

  • Leave it
    • * Not all that different from the preceding model
    • * Will most likely ride quite hard
    • * Optional equipment makes it a bit pricey

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi TT.

2017 Audi TT-RS High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi TT RS.

2019 Audi TT RS Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Audi TT RS.

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