The TT is so responsive, you can steer it with just your fingertips and the exhaust note sounds really sexy
Run your fingers over the inside of the car, and you'll feel every surface oozing quality
All the basics, from airbags to electronic stability control, which stops the car skidding
This baby has been built to last and it's unlikely to let you down
Don't even think about trying to squeeze four people in: this car's strictly for two
Comes with alloys and climate control; you can also get sat-nav, reversing sensors and swivelling headlights
You won't find another coupe at this price that puts a bigger smile on your face. The TT is an agile as a cat, thanks to bullish grip and sharp steering. The body stays impressively upright through the bend, too, yet you still get a comfortable ride and impressive refinement.
There's no need to venture above the 208bhp 2.0 TFSI model, which is fast and flexible. Or if fuel economy is a priority, the 168bhp 2.0 diesel makes sense, because it delivers brisk performance yet returns more than 50mpg. All engines have six-speed manual gearboxes as standard and most are available with an excellent S tronic six-speed semi-auto 'box. Steer clear of four-wheel drive Quattro versions; the front-wheel drive versions are much better.
Slip into the driver's seat and you'll instantly feel like a star. Everything is geared towards making you feel special, right down to the sports steering wheel and sumptuous faux-suede seats. There's plenty of space up front and, whether you're a size eight or a size 18, you'll find it easy to get comfortable. Don't try to squeeze anyone in the back, though - this coupé's definitely meant for two. Tiny mirrors and windows are a bit difficult to see out of and the boot's pretty cramped. But you can fold the rear seats down, which gives a bit more luggage space.
Standard luxuries include climate control, remote central locking and faux-suede seats. S line versions add lowered sports suspension and a whole array of aesthetic goodies, but there's really no need to bother spending the extra.
The TT doesn't have quite the blemish-free reliability record we'd hope for. Owners rated it 'below average' for mechanical reliability in the latest JD Power survey, with clutch and battery problems causing the biggest headaches.
There's a reasonable amount of safety kit as standard, including stability control and front and side airbags. However, we like to see curtain airbags as well. The TT hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP.
There are cheaper coupés, but none come that comes close to the TT for all-round appeal. And to make up for that lofty price, the Audi boasts cast iron resale values and reasonably cheap running costs.