Audi TT review
The Audi TT backs up its head-turning looks with an engaging drive and plenty of tech
The third-generation Audi TT has been on sale for around eight years, but it continues to deliver head-turning style, while it's also more enjoyable to drive than ever. It's party piece continues to be its interior design and excellent build quality which is up there with the very best in class, and efficient TFSI petrol engines make it even more appealing.
If you're a keen driver you may be drawn towards the dynamic skill of the BMW 2 Series Coupe, or the Porsche Cayman, but if you want a well-resolved, thoroughly capable sports coupe, then the Audi TT is still worth a look.
About the Audi TT
The Audi TT has been on sale in the UK for over 20 years, and in that time it has established itself at the cutting edge of design and tech for the German company. With the arrival of the R8 supercar, the TT has turned into a pint-sized supercar in comparison, but with similarly athletic looks, engaging handling and technology, it fits this brief very well.
The third generation Audi TT arrived in 2014 and was given an update in 2018 with the latest tech from other Audi models. As it has been on sale for a while, there are rivals that have come and gone. Cars like the Peugeot RCZ and Volkswagen Scirocco have fallen by the wayside, and the only other direct opponent is the BMW 2 Series, although of course that model line-up consists mostly of rear-wheel drive versions, compared to the TT's front or quattro four-wheel drive.
As there are a broad range of TT variants, including 2+2 Coupe and two-seat Roadster models, there are more rivals than this. Buyers could consider the Mazda MX-5 at the entry point to the range, or there's the the Toyota GR Supra. At the top of the range, the TT does battle with cars such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster, while even the Ford Mustang is a similar price.
There are five TT trim levels to choose from: Sport, Sport Edition, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung, in either Coupe or open-top Roadster body styles.
Two petrol engines are available, badged 40 and 45 TFSI petrol units. Both units are based on the ubiquitous 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder motor, with the 40 TFSI rated at 194bhp and the 45 TFSI coming with 242bhp.
The front-wheel-drive 40 TFSI uses Audi's seven-speed S tronic auto, while the six-speed manual 'box is no longer available. The 45 TFSI model comes with quattro four-wheel drive as standard.
The TTS quattro delivers 302bhp via its 2.0 TFSI engine and includes adaptive dampers, while the 2.5-litre five-cylinder TT RS produces 394bhp - both use the same seven-speed S tronic transmission.
The standard range offers decent value, with prices starting from around £33,500. The TT Roadster is approximately £1,750 more than the Coupe, while moving up from 40 TFSI to 45 TFSI costs £4,600 extra. Moving from Sport to S line adds just over £2,000 to the price, while Black Edition cars are around £1,600 extra on top of that. Those wanting the style and luxury afforded by the Vorsprung trim will have to dig deep, as this commands a £6,000 premium over the Black Edition variants.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Audi TT backs up its head-turning looks with an engaging drive and plenty of tech
- 2Engines, performance and drivePunchy petrol models offer strong ability, especially with quattro four-wheel drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe TT is efficient to run, and holds its value well - familiar petrol engines deliver mix of performance and economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe TT's iconic exterior design wraps around a beautifully executed cabin featuring a raft of gadgets
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe back seats are of little practical use, but the Audi TT makes a surprisingly spacious two-seater
- 6Reliability and SafetyDriver Power feedback suggests owners aren't entirely happy with the Audi brand, while a full suite of safety kit will cost you extra