Used Audi TT buyer's guide

16 Apr, 2014 11:08am Richard Dredge

A used Audi TT sports car looks a bargain with the new version on the horizon

This summer, a new Audi TT goes on sale, and while it’s a sharp looker, so is the second-generation model it replaces.

The TT is one of the most distinctive cars on the road, and demand has been strong since launch in 1999. It’s easy to see why. Superbly built, great to drive, surprisingly practical and with good engines, it’s one of the easiest sports cars to own.

The MkII is now showing its age, and only just scraped into the Top 100 of our Driver Power satisfaction survey in 2013. But here’s how to find a good one.

Used Audi TT Mk2 side


The TT MkII arrived in April 2006 as a coupe with 2.0-litre TFSI or 3.2 V6 engines. Eight months later came a Roadster, with a choice of the same engines.

The TTS coupe and Roadster of January 2008 had a 268bhp 2.0 TFSI engine, while a month later, the 168bhp 2.0 TDI diesel coupé and Roadster arrived.

In April 2009, a new entry-level TT launched – the front-wheel-drive 1.8 TFSI – and five months later the 335bhp 2.5 RS went on sale. In April 2012 came the 355bhp RS Plus.

Revisions in 2010 reduced CO2 emissions, tweaked the TT’s exterior and added options.

Running costs

Model Insurance group Fuel economy CO2 emissions Annual road tax
1.8 TFSI coupe 30 44mpg 147g/km £140
2.0 TFSI coupe 33-34 36mpg 183g/km £220
2.0 TFSI coupe S tronic 33-34 36mpg 183g/km £220
2.5 RS coupé 40-41 31mpg 197g/km £260
3.2 coupe 36 27mpg 247g/km £405
S coupe 38 34mpg 191g/km £260
2.0 TDI coupe 31-32 53mpg 139g/km £125

Most TTs have variable servicing, with 19,000-mile or two-year intervals. For cars of up to 2.0 litres and at least three years old, these cost £159 (minor) and £309 (major); on newer TTs, checks cost £221 (minor) and £247 (major).

The 2.0-litre petrol and diesel cars need a new cambelt every five years or 75,000 miles at £636 (or £439 if more than three years old). Every two years, the air-con needs recharging (£80) and the brake fluid replacing (£60).


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I had a mk1 tt. Rattled terribly although i loved the engine. Found a great independant garage to do Campbelt etc at huge discount compared to main dealer.

I agree. Clever marketing has turned the Audi brand into the car of choice for those that need their ego boosting.

I agree that Audi seems to be the brand of choice for morons at the moment but i don't think it's down to marketing. I hardly ever see marketing or advertising from Audi. The cars sell themselves (to morons).

I think you're being a bit bigoted. Cars are relatively subjective, which means if you like one, buy one. Audis are fairly inoffensive so it's a bit harsh to dish insults to the people that choose to have them.