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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 for the TT will cost you extra

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£39,280 to £56,795
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The Audi TT didn't feature in our 2022 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while Audi itself finished in 22nd spot out of 29 manufacturers in the best brands poll - up from 23rd position in 2021.

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, although Audi side assist (which offers a blind spot monitoring function), and a traffic sign recognition system, are individual options priced at around £600 each.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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Executive editor

Paul was employed across automotive agency and manufacturer-side sectors before joining Auto Express in 2020 as our online reviews editor. After a brief sojourn at a national UK newspaper, Paul returned as executive editor where he now works closely with our commercial partners.

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