Pros Quick, fast, nimble, and well-crafted; exterior is handsome; interior is classic/timeless
Cons Limited phone integration (bluetooth or wired)
Summary What a great car. I got mine in early November 2007, and make up excuses to extend my commute and take drives on the weekend. Ride is excellent, with good road response on winding roads. Maybe a little harsh on rough terrain, but I got the Quattro option for the Omaha weather, not off-roading.
Interior is quiet, and the sound system is excellent; lot's of choices between AM/FM, Sirius and iPod. Back seats are a joke and I keep them down all the time, increasing the available storage which is plenty.
Love the way it looks, and turns heads as I drive around town. Still new enough in the market that I don't see many (in fact have only seen one on the road; and that was in San Diego), so the unique factor is a plus.
Dealer/service has been great.
Pros Unique, beautiful design, relatively comfortable for front passengers
Cons S tronic is slow, cramped cockpit that is hard to see out of, twitchy suspension
Summary I had a long test drive of a 3.2 Quattro coupe the other day. It really is a blast to drive.
But in the end its faults stayed with me more than its good points. I know they say this one is less cramped inside than the old TT, but it's still cramped. The windows are short and the beltline/top of the doors is way too high and because the roof is so slow you can't raise your seat much; so you can't easily see out the sides or navigate in tight places with much confidence. I know this style is popular these days, but if you care about seeing where you are driving (obviously many people don't) then it's just plain annoying.
I was a little shocked to touch the speedometer panel and find it actually loose! It didn't seem tightly screwed in, it was just sort stuck in there and I could easily move it around. Quality?
I played with the magnetic suspension a bit. With it on, the ride was firmer but also a noticeably jittery; a lot of noise from the wheels and suspension. With it off the ride was a little softer and not so noisy, but a little less fun. It's much better than an A4 I tested a while ago - the suspension was so bad on that one that I even asked whether it was severely damaged in some way. On its own I think the TT's suspension is great; but compare it to a BMW suspension without any magnetic trickery and you'll see why BMW is the gold standard.
I also found that when you aren't pushing the car, the S tronic transmission is slow to shift when you tell it to. If you were really pushing the car it would shift faster. This may make some sense, but it left me feeling disconnected from the car.
And no matter how bad you think the back seat will be, it is worse. It's no good for anyone - not even small kids, or a baby seat. Even getting to it is a joke. I wanted a backseat just for my dog, but I'm not sure even he'd find it livable.
Despite its great looks, in the end I just kept comparing it to what you can find in a BMW, and despite how ugly most BMWs are today, they are much better driver's cars.
Pros Not just fun to drive but this car also got great gas mileage as well
Cons No RNS-E available
Summary First of all, I don't live in US so you need to make your own judgement if my opinion is useful for you. My TT is a 2.0 Turbo (TFSI) with an upgraded MTM chip and exhaust system. It has 272hp now. The reason I pick up the 2.0 Turbo is because the acceleration performance is not much difference compared to the 3.2 one without Turbo. The 2.0 TFSI is a new engine and I don't really need quattro because I only use this car for commute. During the weekend, I use my Lexus RX as a family car.
It is a great looking car and fun to drive. The gas mileage is great. For those of you who consider to buy a 3.2 one, my recommendation to you is to think twice. Test drive the 2.0 TFSI first and you will be impressed. The acceleration performance is almost the same but the gas mileage is big difference. Not to mention in my country, the registration fee is almost double for the 3.2 one. Also, you can actually find more aftermarket upgrade kits available for the 2.0 one, but not much for the 3.2.
One thing i don't like the TT is no RNS-E yet. I know in Germany it is a standard but it is not even an option in many other countries.
Pros design, feel, performance
Cons minimal rear seats and abysmal ipod integration, no spare tire
Summary 1. The feel. This is a very special car to drive and just makes you feel good.
2. Driving experience - Exciting ! Especially given lack of a clutch, 4 choices of interchangeable transmission controls allow one to switch back and forth effortlessly between fully "automatic" for urban traffic to more aggressive sports mode and/or total control 6 speed paddle shifting when you get the chance. Some people miss the clutch - I don't. Never a shortage of power for anything that you need. The brakes are superb in emergency (as I discovered this week when someone in front of me stopped on the highway without warning - my previous cars would've plowed straight into the fellow)
3. Cabin. Totally stylish and plenty of room in the front ,even for a 6ft2 friend of mine. Getting in and out is a bit awkward though. The rear seats are almost pointless but sort of fit my dog (she's not happy there though). Storage space for the cabin is terrible - this is particularly a problem asleaving your stuff on the seat just spoils the look of the magnificent interior lines.
4. Entertainment/GPS console. The ipod integration is a sham, unless you can remember that song 32 on track 4 is the one you want to listen to. However, two SD card slots behind the sliding console are great and provide track information. The bose sound system is excellent. The GPS is accurate but has some idiosyncracies e.g. some major stores are not on the points of interest (e.g. homeDepot)whereas it lists all the courthouses in the land (? for contesting the speeding tickets this car encourages). Also, the technology feels dated compared to many others BUT reception is excellent with no loss of signal found yet.
5. some great options eg xenon directional lighting, magnetic suspension, rear parking radar, tire pressure monitor in dash (surprisingly useful as rear view is limited despite huge rear window), etc.. plenty of trunk space but no rear tire or even jack included in some models (mine included).
Summary: Though looks small it is actually bigger than it appears. After 9 months of driving my 3.2 coupe s-tronic quattro through a snowy northeastern winter and now a summer confirm this as a safe, exciting year around fun vehicle that has so far proven very reliable. An excellent choice if practicality is not essential
Pros great performance, airflow, instrument design
Cons rattles, top alignment, instrument repairs
Summary I've been surfing for opinions that confirm my own. Here's one that sums it up: http://www.audittroadsters.com. Interested to hear what others say, since the balance hangs between excellent and problematic, though tending more towards excellent.