Audi TT review - Reliability and safety
Driver Power feedback suggests owners aren't entirely happy with the Audi brand, while a full suite of safety kit will cost you extra
It has to be said that the first TT Mk3 we ran on our fleet suffered from a few electrical niggles, although the build quality and finish inside were impressive. The mechanical elements should be pretty resilient, too, particularly as so much of the car’s engineering under the skin is shared across the VW Group.
Euro NCAP awarded the TT a four-star crash test rating; it missed out on the maximum score as Audi doesn’t offer city braking technology. The independent testing body now requires this to be fitted to award a five-star rating as part of its more rigorous assessments. Nevertheless, you should be able to assume Audi’s small coupe is safe in all the most fundamental areas, and there are lots of protective electronic systems available to uprate the safety envelope.
The only trouble is, if you want these clever safety aids, you’ll have to pay for many of them as extras. Six airbags and a tyre pressure monitor come as standard, but blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist, for example, are options priced around £600 each.
The Audi TT comes with a run-of-the-mill three-year warranty capped at 60,000 miles, which certainly inspires less confidence than the unlimited mileage cover provided over the same time period on the Porsche Cayman and BMW 2 Series.
Three years of servicing a mid-spec Audi TT should cost around £900, but Audi does provide fixed-rate service plans that help owners spread the cost of scheduled maintenance.
In this review
- 1Audi TT reviewThe 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 Safety - currently readingDriver Power feedback suggests owners aren't entirely happy with the Audi brand, while a full suite of safety kit will cost you extra