2024 Audi TT Final Edition review

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The Audi TT bids tschüss with one last fling. But is the ‘Final Edition’ a fitting farewell or does it leave after 25 years with a whimper?

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What we love
  • Characterful engine with satisfying performance
  • Stylish looks inside and out
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch is a gem
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What we don’t
  • Hard-edged ride around town
  • Not special enough for a ‘Final Edition’
  • Lack of advanced safety tech

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2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition Quattro

The Audi TT has become a design icon since it first showed off its curvaceous shape at the 1995 Frankfurt motor show.

Freeman Thomas’s ‘little sketch’ wowed the Volkswagen board, impressed the motoring media, enthralled the general public, and just three short years later, in 1998, the first production TT rolled out of Audi’s Győr factory in Hungary. Tellingly, it retained its concept car good looks, with only minor styling tweaks making their way into the production model.

Late in 2023, the last of 662,762 Audi TTs exited the Győr production line, heralding the end of an era that spanned three generations and countless variants and special editions, including the car we have here, the 2024 Audi TT Final Edition.

It is, as the name suggests, a final farewell for the nameplate, one last hurrah before Audi retires the TT for the foreseeable future (rumours remain that the TT name may make a comeback as an electric sports car sometime in the future).

For now, though, this is it, the last iteration of three generations of Audi TT, winding its way into the automotive history books. We grabbed one for a few days to bid farewell to what is, undoubtedly, an automotive icon.

How much is an Audi TT?

The Audi TT Final Edition is priced at $88,479 plus on-road costs, $4479 more expensive than the regular Audi TT 45 TFSI Quattro on which it is based.

Audi Australia has opted for a more affordable Final Edition, with other markets enjoying a ‘Final’ fling in special editions based on either the Audi TTS (Europe) and the Audi TT Roadster (US).

Here, though, it’s the entry-level 45 TFSI Quattro that provides the platform for the Final Edition.

But, while the Final Edition’s sticker price is around $4479 more than the donor car’s, Audi Australia says there’s an additional $14,000 worth of extras included in the special edition.

Outside, the most obvious is the S Line Competition Plus pack that adds a rear spoiler and black exterior highlights, including blacked-out Audi rings, and 19-inch gloss anthracite black wheels. And in a subtle nod to the original Audi Quattro, subtle decals of the Audi rings are located near the side skirts just ahead of the rear-wheel arches.

Inside, the Audi TT’s leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel now features a race-inspired red ‘12 o’clock’ marker, while coloured interior elements can either be ordered in Slate Grey or Turbo Blue at no extra cost.

Additional features compared to the standard car include power-adjustable nappa leather seats with ‘S’ embossing and contrast blue or red stitching.

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The Audi TT Final Edition’s colour palette runs to four distinct hues – Turbo Blue, Glacier White Metallic, Chronos Grey Metallic and Tango Red Metallic.

Our test car, finished in distinctive Turbo Blue, wore some optional 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels ($1600) and privacy glass ($950) for an as-tested price of $91,299 before on-road costs. That translates to a drive-away price of $102,561 (in NSW).

Buyers with a penchant for sports cars might also consider some German and Japanese rivals. The BMW M240i brings six-cylinder power to the battle and like the TT sits on an all-wheel-drive platform – albeit a rear-biased one. It’s priced from $96,000 before on-road costs, or around $104,400 drive-away before any options are added to the mix.

A BMW 2 Series rival closer to the Audi TT might be the BMW 230i. Like the Audi, it’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-four, but unlike the TT it sits on a rear-wheel-drive platform. It’s also slower to the benchmark sprint by 0.7sec, despite a 10kW/30Nm power advantage over the Audi.

The V6-powered Nissan Z is rear-wheel drive only, and starts from $75,800 before on-road costs, translating to a drive-away price of around $82,500.

Closer to home, those with a need for a bit more practicality from their Audi sports car could consider the Audi A5, which in 45 TFSI coupe form gets underway at $91,900 or around $102,600 drive-away before options. While it shares the four rings on the grille with the TT (and the engine under the bonnet), the A5 uses a different ‘MLB’ platform. This sees changes to the all-wheel-drive platform to accommodate the longitudinally mounted engine and gearbox, compared to the transverse ‘MQB’ underpinnings of the TT.

But there’s an allure the TT has that a two-door version of the A4 sedan simply cannot muster. And it’s this appeal that has seen the TT enjoy a 25-year run that comes to an end with this Final Edition. So is the 2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition a fitting farewell for the hallowed nameplate? Let’s find out.

Key details 2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition
Price $88,479 plus on-road costs
Colour of test car Turbo Blue
Options Privacy glass – $950
20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels – $1600
Price as tested $91,299 plus on-road costs
Drive-away price $102,561 (in NSW)
Rivals BMW 230i | Nissan Z | Audi A5

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How big is an Audi TT?

The Final Edition means business inside the cabin. Our test car came with the no-cost option of Turbo Blue satin-paint accents, which are certainly eye-catching. They adorn the air vents, the sides of the seats, the trim around the centre console and more besides.

If the Turbo Blue is a bit much for your taste, there is the option (at no cost) of ordering more subtle Slate Grey accents. Personally, I didn’t mind the blue which, while certainly loud, added some chutzpah to the TT’s cabin.

Sliding into the nappa leather-cloaked sports seats brings a sense of purpose. They’re slung nice and low in the cabin, just as they should be in a sports car. Power adjustment makes for an easy time finding a comfortable seating position. The seats themselves are nicely bolstered and supportive, just what you need when you’re flinging the TT at some corners with a bit of menace.

The overall cabin plays to the school of not exactly minimalism, but certainly reductionism. There’s no distinct touchscreen for the infotainment, for example (more on this later), leaving the dash (where screens usually live) unadorned other than the TT’s signature air vents that double, cleverly, as climate controls with temperature settings, fan speed and air direction all accessed via the turbine-looking vents. It’s a clever use of the available space, while remaining true to the original TT’s interior design ethos.

Storage options are limited. There’s a small central storage bin, and a single cupholder in the centre console with another small storage nook ahead of the gear lever. A second fold-out cupholder can be accessed from the central storage bin. The door pockets err on the side of slim and are not really suitable for even small bottles.

But having storage options isn’t what the Audi TT is about. Instead, its cabin remains focussed on engagement and performance. There’s little in the way of distraction. Instead, the focus remains, as it should, on the driving experience.

There are back seats, two of them, but they are tokenistic at best. Even average-sized adults would struggle to fit comfortably, with no leg or knee room, while head space is impacted by the TT’s sloping profile. I’ve previously had my then five-year-old hunkered down in the back row in a booster seat, but now, at nine, I reckon she’d struggle to get comfortable. But for those who do want to cram smaller kids in the back, there are ISOFIX child seat mounts and two top-tether anchors to facilitate the little ones coming along for the ride.

Boot space is decent for the the class, a nice deep area good for 305 litres with the rear seats in play, expanding to 712L with those second row stowed away in split-fold fashion. There’s a cargo net to help keep your goodies in place, but conspicuous by its absence is any kind of spare wheel and tyre package, just an inflation kit standing between you and a long walk home.

2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition
Seats Four
Boot volume 305L seats up
712L seats folded
Length 4198mm
Width 1832mm
Height 1371mm
Wheelbase 2502mm

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Does the Audi TT have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

While the TT may not be fitted with an infotainment screen sprouting from – or integrated into – the dash like we’ve come to expect, that’s not to say the technology has been overlooked in the TT.

Instead, you’ll find Audi’s infotainment set-up housed inside the digital driver’s display. It’s not a touchscreen, of course, so accessing the system’s functions is done via a rotary dialler in the centre console or via toggles and switches on the steering wheel.

It’s not devoid of features either. There’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, requiring a cabled connection, as well as satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio.

It can be a little frustrating to use, especially on the fly. We’ve become so accustomed to touching and swiping to make inputs and changes that using a dialler to scroll through various apps and features can be distracting, and not always the most intuitive experience.

There’s wireless phone charging as well as two USB plugs, and for those who like their music old school, a CD/DVD player is located in the glovebox. Tunes are piped through the cabin via a standard eight-speaker sound system.

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit driver’s display continues to impress with its configurability – from simple dials to full-screen sat-nav, and a host of driving data such as fuel consumption (and in the TT, smartphone mirroring) are all easily accessed via controls on the steering wheel. It remains an impressive set-up, even as other manufacturers increasingly offer similar integrations, but not always as effectively as Audi’s progenitor.

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Is the Audi TT a safe car?

The 2024 Audi TT Final Edition is unrated by Australia’s independent safety body ANCAP. A previous four-star safety score, awarded to the third-generation TT when it launched in 2015, expired in 2019 with an updated model that was not submitted for testing.

2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition
ANCAP rating Unrated

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What safety technology does the Audi TT have?

The Audi TT isn’t exactly brimming with advanced safety technologies; a throwback to this generation’s genesis in 2014 when advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) were not nearly as prevalent – and in some cases mandatory as part of ANCAP assessment – as they are today.

Instead, the TT Final Edition is fitted with regular cruise control (as against the more advanced adaptive cruise), simple blind-spot monitoring, a driver attention alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera that projects a small image into the digital driver’s display.

A suite of six airbags covers the front row only.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) No
Adaptive Cruise Control No
Blind Spot Alert Yes Alert only
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert No
Lane Assistance No
Road Sign Recognition No
Driver Attention Warning Yes Alert only
Cameras & Sensors Yes Front and rear sensors, rear-view camera

How much does the Audi TT cost to run?

Audi covers the TT with its standard five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, which is par for the course in today’s new car landscape.

Servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. Audi offers a five-year service plan for the TT running to $3440 prepaid at time of purchase.

For context, the TT’s brother from another mother, the A5 coupe, comes in slightly cheaper at $3360 for the same coverage.

BMW offers the same five-year coverage at a more affordable $2210 for its 2 Series, closely matched by the Nissan Z that asks for either $2254 (manual) or $2272 (auto) for five scheduled workshop visits. It’s worth nothing, though, the Nissan’s distance intervals are every 10,000km.

Comprehensive insurance for the Audi TT 45 TFSI runs to $2607 per annum – around the same as its A5 coupe sibling ($2640), but a fair bit less than V6-powered rivals, BMW M240i ($3668) and Nissan Z ($2854).

Estimates are based on a comparative quote for a 35-year-old male driver living in Chatswood, NSW. Insurance estimates may vary based on your location, driving history, and personal circumstances.

At a glance 2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition
Warranty Five years, unlimited km
Service intervals 12 months or 15,000km
Servicing costs $3440 (5 years)

Is the Audi TT fuel-efficient?

Audi says the TT Final Edition will use 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres of 95-octane premium unleaded on the combined cycle. Our time with the TT over a variety of conditions – from city traffic to suburban running and some more spirited driving along some of our favourite rural twisties – returned an indicated, and not entirely unreasonable considering the conditions, 9.8L/100km.

In comparison, the V6-powered Nissan Z automatic claims a consumption figure of 9.8L/100km against our most recent real-world test of 10.5L.

The BMW 230i is more frugal, claiming 6.4L and returning an indicated 7.9L when Drive put the two-door through its paces recently. It’s worth noting, though, it needs the more expensive 98-octane premium unleaded against the TT’s 95-octane.

The Audi TT’s fuel tank measures in at 55L.

Fuel efficiency 2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition
Fuel cons. (claimed) 7.0L/100km
Fuel cons. (on test) 9.8L/100km
Fuel type 95-octane premium unleaded
Fuel tank size 55L

What is the Audi TT like to drive?

The Audi TT has long beguiled and bewitched with its on-road experience. And it starts the moment you press the starter button, the happy little 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder grumbling into life with a muted snarl.

Outputs are rated at 180kW and 370Nm, middle of the road for the segment in terms of raw numbers. But, they are also enough to ensure there is some fun to be had from behind the wheel without the TT ever feeling unwieldy.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends drive to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It’s a pleasing iteration of dual-clutch technology, with little to no lag or hesitancy, either from standstill or when on the move. Not all dual-clutch transmissions are created equal, and the one in the TT – and in the wider Audi stable – should be a blueprint of how to dual-clutch (DCT) properly.

The TT is as easy to drive sedately around town as it is willing to tackle some back-road bends and corners with not quite savagery, but enough turbo-four muscle to leave you grinning.

Take-off from standstill feels effortless, the TT moving away briskly with no turbo lag or DCT gremlins to mar the experience.

The DCT is adept at shuffling through the ratios sharply without being intrusive at city speeds and out on the motorway at maximum cruising speed. It responds quickly to requests via your right foot, for more power, more torque, and swapping cogs adeptly in the hunt for speed. Merging onto freeways or blending into traffic is effortless, while cruising at highway speeds feels relaxed. It’s a benign weapon as a daily driver, with a nicely calibrated engine and transmission that can easily tackle the urban grind.

If there is a blot on the TT’s copybook, it’s that the passive dampers err on the side of firm. This is particularly noticeable over the scrappy suburban and urban streets that define our roadways, the bumps and lumps eliciting a harder-edged response than we would like.

That’s all forgotten, however, once the houses make way for greenery and the roads turn into a mix of beguiling bends and tantalising turns. Here, with the drive mode selector set to Dynamic, the TT Final Edition comes into its own. Throttle response is sharper, the DCT is more willing to hold onto gears, and the steering feels a little meatier. Here, the TT behaves like a proper sports car should.

Acceleration out of corners is 5.1-seconds-0–100km/h startling, while the tautness of the chassis and the firmness of the damping ensure the little coupe remains poised and purposeful.

The Quattro all-wheel-drive system provides more grip than you’ll likely be able to exploit, with composed and confident turn-in and a settled and unruffled demeanour when accelerating, and accelerating hard, out of corners. The TT simply remains true to its line with no sign of under- or oversteer.

The turbo-four adds a little theatre too, singing with a rasping note accompanied by pops and crackles that are enough to leave you with a smile on your face.

The TT is arguably not the most sports car of sports cars, but there’s enough inherent fun built into the drivetrain and engineered into the chassis to give even the most humble steerer a good time.

What it lacks in out-and-out aggression, it makes up for with a subtle performance; a performance that can be extracted when the situation demands, but is also happy to take a back seat in day-to-day driving.

Key details 2024 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition
Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Power 180kW @ 5000–6500rpm
Torque 370Nm @ 1600–4300rpm
Drive type All-wheel drive
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power-to-weight ratio 123.3kW/t
Weight (kerb) 1460kg
Spare tyre type Tyre repair kit

Should I buy an Audi TT?

If you’ve ever wanted to buy a new Audi TT, your time is running out. This Final Edition caps a stellar career spanning 25 years of the TT badge.

It’s sad that cars like the TT are making way for a new age of performance motoring, one where electrons and kilowatt hours trump cylinder counts and exhaust notes. Whether the TT is reborn as an electric sports car, as has been rumoured for some time, remains to be seen.

In the meantime, if you like the idea of a sports car that can be driven every day with a level of comfort and can then transform into a capable weekend fun machine, then the Audi TT Final Edition is worth a look.

But if there is one criticism, it’s that this final iteration of the TT just doesn’t feel quite special enough. Adding some body enhancements and stickers to what is otherwise the most approachable model in the TT line-up is, to our mind, not quite the fitting farewell for this storied nameplate. And as I hand back the keys to Audi, I can’t help but think a more potent Audi TTS Final Edition might have provided a more fitting swansong.

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How do I buy an Audi TT? The next steps.

Audi Australia has previously stated the TT Final Edition is here in “strictly limited” numbers. And that means if you’re keen to get your backside in what is the last of the line, you’ll need to get your order in quickly.

The next step on the purchase journey is to check the Audi Australia website for stock of the TT Final Edition. A quick scan reveals there are several available to order at the time of writing. You can also find new and used Audi cars for sale at Drive.com.au/cars-for-sale.

We strongly recommend taking a test drive at a dealership before committing because personal needs and tastes can differ. Find your nearest Audi dealer via this link. We’d also recommend test-driving both the BMW 230i and the Nissan Z which, while ostensibly part of the sports car family, offer a different take on the formula.

If you want to stay updated with everything that’s happened to this car since our review, you’ll find all the latest news here.

Ratings Breakdown

2023 Audi TT 45 TFSI Final Edition Coupe

7.5/ 10

Performance

Safety Technology

Ride Quality

Infotainment & Connectivity

Handling & Dynamics

Energy Efficiency

Driver Technology

Value for Money

Interior Comfort & Packaging

Fit for Purpose

Rob Margeit is an award-winning Australian motoring journalist and editor who has been writing about cars and motorsport for over 25 years. A former editor of Australian Auto Action, Rob’s work has also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Wheels, Motor Magazine, Street Machine and Top Gear Australia. Rob’s current rides include a 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and a 2000 Honda HR-V Sport.

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