Audi TT RS (2016 – present) | Expert Rating

Summary


The Audi TT RS is a performance-enhanced version of the regular TT coupé and convertible range, equipped with a more powerful 400hp petrol engine, additional exterior flair, and four-wheel drive as standard.

Both coupé and convertible ‘roadster’ models have received largely positive review scores from the British motoring media – described by Honest John as a “compelling all-rounder”, which the Carwow team says is “capable of fantastic point-to-point pace without asking too much of the driver skill-wise.”

Reviewers highlight the TT RS for its four-wheel drive traction that keeps the car composed in high-speed corners, as well as its engine’s performance and soundtrack, which Alex Robbins of The Telegraph calls a “glorious noise”.

However, while the TT RS is certainly a competent performance car, a number of reviewers concluded that rivals like the Alpine A110, Porsche 718 Cayman and BMW M2 are sharper and more rewarding on the road. It’s “both swift and efficient”, the Top Gear team says, “but does it have to be so joyless?”

Other criticisms are directed at the car’s price tag and options list, which are both expensive, and the car’s low fuel efficiency, which means high running costs. Some enthusiast-focused outlets also express their disappointment at the lack of a manual gearbox option – the TT RS is only available with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

But, if you are looking for a high-octane sports car with the interior quality to match, Autocar‘s Lawrence Allan concludes that the TT RS should be on your shortlist. “The low-set driving position is superb, the ergonomics largely faultless and the driver-focused cabin is impeccably finished.”

As of September 2022, the Audi TT RS holds an Expert Rating of 68%, based on 18 reviews published by the British media. This is several points lower than the regular TT range upon which it’s based.

TT RS highlights

  • Serious performance
  • Well-built upmarket interior
  • Surprisingly practical
  • Alluring looks and soundtrack

TT RS lowlights

  • Expensive to buy
  • High running costs
  • No manual versions
  • Rivals have more responsive handling

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door coupé and convertible
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £57,890 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2016
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


No safety rating

As of September 2022, the Audi TT RS has not been specifically crash tested by Euro NCAP. The standard Audi TT was crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a four-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of September 2022, the Audi TT RS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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As of September 2022, the Audi TT range has a poor reliability score of 31% which is well below average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation TT and previous (pre-2014) models, as well as RS variants.

The two main problems with the TT – each accounting for a third of all reported issues – are engine and suspension problems. Compared to many other vehicles, the engine repairs are not that expensive at less than £500, while other repair bills for gearbox, brakes, electrics and fuel systems are also not as dear as you might expect.

Given the poor reliability score, you’re more likely to have a problem with a used Audi TT than many other vehicles. Make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

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If you’re looking at the Audi TT RS, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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