£27,585 - £37,750 Price range
42 - 62 MPG
The Audi TT is a compact sports car that in this latest version is lighter, sharper and more technologically advanced than ever before. It has quite a few rivals in the face of the Mercedes SLK, BMW Z4, the more expensive Porsche Cayman and the cheaper Toyota GT86.
While the outside follows the shape and form of the old model, the interior is a huge leap forward and is one of the car’s biggest selling points – the fit, finish and technology is unsurpassed by rivals. Main stage gets the brilliant Virtual Cockpit, but the clever temperature controls inside the vents are also very stylish. Interior space isn’t so impressive, but that is expected from a low-slung coupe.
The old TT had good engines, but was very forgettable to drive and enthusiasts generally went for more agile and engaging rivals like the BMW Z4, but this new model is lighter and thanks to optional adaptive dampers is now much more enjoyable to drive if still not up to Porsche Cayman standards.
With a choice between a tried and tested petrol and a very frugal diesel, the TT spoils potential buyers – in most rivals you get the choice between a powerful and a more powerful petrol engine. The diesel is for those who want decent performance without the associated costs and the petrol is such an advanced engine it needs “just” 230hp to accelerate the TT from 0-62mph in six seconds flat. If you’re after the fastest TT on sale then you’ll want to read our Audi TTS review.
The cheaper Sport trim in our opinion is all you’ll need in your TT – leather seats, climate control and xenon headlights. The S-line trim adds bigger wheels and unnecessarily firm sports suspension and the TTS is currently the top of the range with a more aggressive bodykit.
Read on for more in-depth information about the Audi TT and check out our colours guide to see what shades are available. If you have a craving for even more power, check out our preview of the upcoming Audi TT RS.
Cheapest to buy: 1.8-litre Sport petrol
Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre Ultra diesel
Fastest model: 2.0-litre Quattro 310hp TTS petrol
Most popular: 2.0-litre S-line petrol
The first thing you’ll notice when you sit in the Audi TT – and certainly the thing that’s most impressed critics – is the replacement of the normal speedo and rev-counter dials with a totally digital dash showing on a 12.3-inch digital display. This gives you a choice of what to display in front of you, and the most useful screen appears to be the full-width sat-nav map display, which means you don’t have to look down and across at a screen in the centre of the car. You’ll need to spec the fairly expensive sat-nav to get access to this particular mode, however.
Audi TT passenger space
Critics praise the TT for its comfortable and adjustable seats (clad in grippy Alcantara and leather even on base-model cars) and driving position, and report that the whole cabin reeks of quality and gives the usual Audi sense that it’ll last a lifetime without developing annoying creaks and rattles.
What might surprise you when you come to test-drive an Audi TT is how low-slung it is. It’s no Lotus Elise (one of the hardest cars to get in and out of), but the TT is noticeably lower than the Audi A3 with which it shares a chassis platform. The TT is also much more cramped in the back than the A3 and the passenger space is barely enough for small children, let alone adults.
Audi TT boot space
At 305 litres of capacity, the boot is as big as those in rivals. If you fold the useless rear seats down, you’re left with a very usable 712-litre loading bay with a flat floor.
Critics say that the Audi TT feels solid and grips the road with incredible tenacity, and the four-wheel drive versions (called quattro in Audi-speak, with a small q!) can take slippery corners extremely fast without batting an eyelid. The TT is a sportscar, so it’s good to hear reviewers enjoying the way it turns quickly into corners.
The downsides? Most experts have been left feeling detached from the driving experience. This means the steering wheel doesn’t give much of an indication of whether the front tyres are slipping in corners, or whether you can go a little bit faster around a corner. It’s recommended that you steer clear of the larger (optional) 19-inch wheels, because they make the ride overly firm, but otherwise the ride is acceptably smooth for a sporting car.
Like the previous generation car, the Audi TT stands out from other sports coupes by virtue of a 2.0-litre diesel option.
Audi TT diesel engines
A diesel? In a sports car? It works – and the car’s lightweight part-aluminium construction means you’ll be able to get a fuel economy of more than 50mpg in normal driving (it’s claimed to get 67.3mpg) without trying too hard. It’s not as quick as the petrol engines – it has 181hp – but it’s still punchy enough for quick driving and overtaking. If you want the diesel you’ll have to settle for a front-whee-drive, manual-gearbox setup.
Audi TT petrol engines
The petrol options are the 2.0-litre TFSI unit in 230hp or 306hp guises – the latter only available in the four-wheel-drive-only TTS with automatic (S-Tronic) or manual gearboxes.
The lower-powered petrol is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and with manual or automatic gearboxes, and its 230hp output is said by critics to be ‘more than enough power’ for most drivers. It’s turbocharged, so you get a noticeable kick in the back from the middle of the rev range. It’s claimed to get 47.9mpg, but expect to see around 40mpg or thereabouts in the real world.
The TTS is a faster version – and it is seriously quick. Critics record 0-60mph times of just 4.7 seconds – only a couple of tenths of a second behind a Ferrari from the 1990s. That’s also faster than a basic Porsche 911, but the TT’s less-involving drive doesn’t make it a direct competitor.
One would expect the TT to be awarded the full-five star score from Euro NCAP like most of the other Audi models, but it actually got four. There were two reasons for this – the TT was the first car to be tested in 2015 under stricter rules and it also doesn’t come with an emergency city braking system. However, none of its rivals have been tested under these conditions so they can potentially score lower.
Despite the lack of automatic city braking, the TT comes with advanced stability and traction control, many airbags and rear seats with Isofix mounts. Petrol models get lane-departure warning as standard, but it’s an optional extra for the diesel. Other optional safety systems include traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot assist and a self-parking system.
The TT has two trim levels: Sport and S-Line. The TTS is only available in top S-Line spec.
Audi TT Sport
The basic TT costs a couple of thousand pounds more than the outgoing version, but even the Sport trim level gets the show-stealing digital dashboard, digital radio (DAB), a USB port for connecting mobile devices and keyless ignition. The S-Line gets brighter Xenon headlights, a few sportier trims on the outside and 19-inch wheels as opposed to 18-inch wheels on Sport models.
Audi TT S-Line
The S-Line does include a few handy features as standard, such as automatic lights and wipers, but you can always add these to a Sport model.
Audi TT S-Line Competition
S-Line Competition trim adds a number of sporty details, inspired by the TT RS, to the standard TT. New alloy wheels, stiffer suspension and bumpers borrowed from the TTS model will help give your car a distinctly racy feel. Read our dedicated TT S-Line Competition trim guide for full details.
TTS buyers have to spend considerably more, but you get slightly different body trimmings and four exhaust outlets. You also get a flat-bottomed sporty steering wheel, 19-inch wheels (that ruin ride quality), adaptive dampers (that bring it back to acceptable levels) and a lane-keeping assist. For a full lowdown, read our full TTS review.
A recommended optional extra is the Technology Pack that adds satellite navigation powered by Google Maps, music streaming and internet access.
We have prepared a detailed colour guide to help you choose the best shade for your new TT.
The Audi TT is again a complete package for anyone looking for a seriously high-quality, comfortable and nippy sports coupe. The interior alone makes it worth a look, although you may want to consider the BMW 2-Series and Mercedes A45 AMG if going very fast with a bit more involvement is your thing.
As it is, critics say there’s lots to love about this latest generation of the Audi TT, and it’s a marked improvement on an already impressive car – just don’t expect it to give you the ultimate sporting thrill.