VIDEO: Carfection drives the 2019 Audi TTS

Audi recently revealed a facelift for the current-gen TT and TTS, giving some slightly new exterior styling to keep it fresh as newer competitors debut. It wasn’t a big facelift but it was enough to inject some life into the TT. In this new video from Carfection, we find out just how much life has been added into the newly facelifted Audi TTS and if it’s made a difference.

So, has it made a difference? Well, not really. Mechanically, the Audi TTS is basically identical to the pre-facelift car. There are some new changes, like the new state of tune for the 2.0 liter turbocharged four-pot, which now makes 310 hp rather than 292 (it will likely still make 292 hp in America). Though, the mechanical changes are minimal and don’t really change the experience at all. However, as Carfection points out, the Audi TTS didn’t need to change much.

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That newly-tuned engine is still as punchy as ever and it works well with its slick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox. If there’s a complaint it’s that the transmission upshifts on its own, even when put in manual mode, which can hinder the experience of driving quickly. And in a TTS, you want that control. Having said that, it shifts incredibly well and it’s one of our favorite transmissions on the market.

As far as handling goes, it’s still an Audi TTS. So it’s sharp and it’s fun, so long as you aren’t trying to push it to 10/10ths. That’s when it will inevitably understeer, as most MQB-based Audis tend to. Though, keep it at 7 or 8/10ths and it’s fun and rewarding. Sure, its steering could use some more feel and feedback but it goes where you point it without hesitation and that’s all that I, personally, look for in a modern sports car.

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So, overall, the newly refreshed Audi TTS looks better, has a slightly cooler interior (with a new stripe on the steering wheel) and is a bit more powerful. It really isn’t any better than the old car but, then again, it never really needed much improvement to begin with.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.