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A stylish sports coupe that’s fun to drive
The Audi TT’s powerful, agile and looks great – inside as well as out.
You’ll even find an engine that’ll help keep running costs down, if that’s a priority.
The only real downside is the lack of space in the back. But then, you wouldn’t expect a car with the TT’s sporty credentials to be family-friendly as well.
All TT engines are turbocharged. The 2.0-litre diesel is the one to go for if you want to minimise visits to the pumps. It accelerates quickly and smoothly, and, incredibly, still gets you around 60 miles to the gallon. The CO2 emissions are low, too.
The two 2.0-litre petrol engines are faster and more expensive than their diesel equivalent. They’re also available with four-wheel drive (Audi calls this model ‘Quattro’) and a six-speed automatic gearbox. The lesser-powered FSI still moves along nicely, while the TTS, in contrast, is explosively fast.
Light and nimble
The TT is partially made from aluminium, which makes it lighter and more nimble on winding roads. The handling is made sharper thanks to the huge levels of grip and absence of body lean in bends.
You’d expect there to be some compromise in ride comfort. And while it’s firmer than an executive car, you wouldn’t describe it as a bumpy ride – even if you go for the sportier suspension.
The TT has front and side air bags as standard, and was awarded four out of five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash test.
There’s ample room for two adults in the front, but barely enough for children in the back. It’s probably more practical to use the space to extend the boot, which is a decent size on its own.
And if you’re not going to need rear space, it might be worth checking out the TT Roadster. It only has two seats, as well as a fabric roof that folds back and forward at the touch of a button.
But the rest of the TT coupe’s interior is simply stunning. It’s well designed and decked out with top-quality materials.
The dashboard’s remarkably free of clutter, thanks largely to the lack of a display screen. It’s been replaced with a ‘virtual cockpit’ behind the steering wheel, which shows everything you’ll need, from speedometer and rev counter to sat nav and stereo. You change the display and styling, and scroll through menus from dial located next to the gear stick.
So, come on, it’s time to get some more fun in your life.
In a nutshell
Did you know? In 2015, Jeremy Clarkson described the Audi TT’s interior as probably the best he’d seen, with the exception of the Lexus LFA.