Audi TT

The Essentials

  • Price from £24,075
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 53.3mpg
  • What is it? You really can have it all. The TT is fast and fun when you're in the mood, yet smooth and comfortable when you're not. A truly great coupé.

Great

  • Driving one makes you feel like a movie star
  • It's great fun, and comfortable, too
  • It's even a good financial investment

Gripes

  • There isn't much space in the back
  • Curtain airbags aren't provided
  • The small boot means you might have to travel light
  • Drive

    The TT is so responsive, you can steer it with just your fingertips and the exhaust note sounds really sexy

  • Inside

    Run your fingers over the inside of the car, and you'll feel every surface oozing quality

  • Safety

    All the basics, from airbags to electronic stability control, which stops the car skidding

  • Reliability

    This baby has been built to last and it's unlikely to let you down

  • Space

    Don't even think about trying to squeeze four people in: this car's strictly for two

  • Standard and extras

    Comes with alloys and climate control; you can also get sat-nav, reversing sensors and swivelling headlights

  • What's it like to drive?

    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.

  • What's it like inside?

    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.

  • How reliable is it?

    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.

  • Should I buy one?

    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.