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Audi TT RS (2016 to 2023)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

44
%
E

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

48
%
D

Eco Rating:

48
%
C

Reliability Rating:

42
%
E

Running Costs:

22
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

44
%
E

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

48
%
D

Eco Rating:

48
%
C

Reliability Rating:

42
%
E

Running Costs:

22
%
E

Summary


The Audi TT RS was 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 received largely positive review scores from the British motoring media – described by Honest John as a “compelling all-rounder”, which the Carwow team said is “capable of fantastic point-to-point pace without asking too much of the driver skill-wise.”

Reviewers highlighted 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 called a “glorious noise”.

However, while the TT RS was 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 said, “but does it have to be so joyless?”

Other criticisms were directed at the car’s price tag and options list, which were both expensive, and the car’s low fuel efficiency, which meant high running costs. Some enthusiast-focused outlets also expressed their disappointment at the lack of a manual gearbox option – the TT RS was 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 concluded 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 May 2024, the Audi TT RS holds a Used Car Expert Rating of E with a score of 44%. This is several points lower than the regular TT range upon which it’s based, and largely reflects its very high running costs and fairly average media review scores.

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


Media reviews


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

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: February 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 81%
Child protection: 68%
Vulnerable road users: 82%
Safety assist: 64%

As of January 2024, 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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of May 2024, the Audi TT RS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi TT range has an average reliability score of 43% 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 – accounting for close to half of all reported issues – are engine and suspension problems. Compared to many other vehicles, the engine repairs are not that expensive at around £500, while other repair bills for gearbox, brakes, electrics and fuel systems are also not as dear as you might expect.

If you’re looking at a used Audi TT RS, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models31 mpgE31 – 32 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models205 g/kmD201 – 209 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models45D43 – 46D – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£521D
Year 2£1,239D
Year 3£2,000D
Year 4£2,284D
Year 5£3,114D
Overall£9,158D

The running costs for the Audi TT RS can get quite expensive, according to full-life costings provided by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is poor and insurance costs can get quite expensive. Finally, scheduled servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years are predicted to be more expensive than the average car.

Similar cars


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

Abarth 124 Spider | Alfa Romeo 4C | Alpine A110 | BMW M2BMW Z4 | Jaguar F-Type | Lotus Elise | Mercedes-AMG SLC 55 | Porsche 718 Cayman | Toyota GR Supra

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The Audi TT RS is sports car with blistering pace and an alluring soundtrack, but its rivals are more engaging on the road.Audi TT RS (2016 to 2023)