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Fabulous interior design and quality, plus brilliant handling and strong performance. The TT will also hold its value extremely well.
The rear seats are useless for adults, and even children will be uncomfortable. The TT isn't that cheap to buy, either, yet you'll almost certainly want to add a few optional extras.
The Audi TT is brilliant to drive and effortless to live with – it's one of the best coupes on the market.
The TT's all-turbocharged engine range includes a 2.0-litre petrol (with either 227bhp, or 306bhp in the TTS) and a 181bhp 2.0 diesel. We've tried the lower-powered petrol in front-wheel-drive guise (it's also available with four-wheel drive); it's a great engine that revs keenly and delivers its power without any sudden surges. The TTS is explosively fast, while the diesel engine is surprisingly punchy in what's an impressively light coupe.
Ride & Handling
Turn in to a corner and the light, accurate steering gives you a good sense of what the front wheels are doing, so it's easy to judge whether you need to back off a bit. The TT also feels nimble, grip levels are monstrous and there's hardly any body lean. The standard suspension provides a comfortable ride, but while the optional sports set-up (available as a no-cost option on S line versions) doesn't make things too uncomfortable, it doesn't bring any real benefits.
Other than some wind noise around the frameless windows and a bit of road noise, the TT is a pretty hushed cruiser – certainly when compared with rivals such as the Peugeot RCZ R. If we're being picky, the six-speed manual gearbox has a slightly long and un-sports car-like shift action, but it's light and precise. The S tronic automatic 'box (standard on the 2.0-litre four-wheel-drive TT; optional on the diesel and TTS) is generally slick, and is jerky only when manoeuvring.
Buying & Owning
The TT looks fairly expensive next to some rivals, including the BMW 2 Series, but it's predicted to hold its value extremely well. It'll also be relatively cheap to fuel and tax, so shouldn't cost you too much in the long run. Company car buyers will be especially tempted by the diesel model, which has impressively low CO2 emissions for a coupe.
Quality & Reliability
The TT's cabin really is something to behold, with sold-feeling and high-quality materials throughout, and panel gaps that are so small they're practically non-existent. Reliability is much harder to assess; the latest TT was too new to appear in the most recent JD Power ownership satisfaction survey, and the previous model didn't feature, either. Many of the TT's oily bits are shared with other models in the Audi line-up, however, so are at least tried and tested.
Safety & Security
Every TT comes with four airbags as standard, along with a 'secondary-collision assist' system that helps to stop the car as soon as possible after an initial impact. The TT was awarded four out of five in its Euro NCAP crash test, with scores of 81% for adult protection, 68% for child protection and 82% for pedestrian protection. Security experts Thatcham awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to being stolen and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.
Behind The Wheel
The first thing that strikes you is how simple the dashboard is, with just a handful of clearly labelled buttons set neatly into the fascia. This minimalist approach has been made possible by positioning the main screen – which displays everything from the stereo to the instrument dials – behind the steering wheel. Drivers of all shapes and sizes will be able to get comfortable, thanks to plenty of adjustment to the steering wheel and supportive seat.
Space & Practicality
There's plenty of space up front for you and your passenger to get comfortable, but adults don't fit at all in the tiny rear seats; even children will be very cramped back there. The rear seats are, however, useful as extra luggage space. The boot is broad and square, but it's also shallow, so fitting bulky items such as golf clubs will probably require the rear seats to be dropped, which leaves an uninterrupted and totally flat load bay. The hatchback boot opening makes loading easy, too.
We'd go for entry-level Sport trim, which gets air-conditioning, Alcantara and leather seats, xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB socket and a DAB radio. S line trim adds automatic LED lights and rain-sensing wipers, along with 19-inch wheels and a more aggressive bodykit. On both trims, however, it costs extra to add parking sensors and climate and cruise controls, while sat-nav is an expensive optional extra.