The Audi TT strikes an excellent balance between being fantastic to drive and gorgeous to look at. Just don’t expect to carry any passengers in its minuscule rear seats
The Audi TT is a stylish small sports car that’s fun to drive and fairly cheap to run, but has barely any room in the back seats. It’s available as a coupe, covered here, a roadster and in rapid TTS and TT RS guises, each of which is reviewed separately.
The original TT’s bubbly body has matured over the years so this third generation version is a sharp, stylish design that looks smarter and more modern than other sporty coupes such as the conservative BMW 2 Series or brash Ford Mustang.
You get the same feeling inside, too – the latest TT’s cabin looks fantastic and comes with swathes of plush, upmarket materials and a futuristic 12.3-inch digital driver’s display as standard instead of traditional analogue dials. All TTs come with leather and suede-like Alcantara seats while sporty S line versions feature a flat-bottomed steering wheel, contrasting silver stitching and some extra metal trims on the pedals and doors.
The front seats are very comfortable and have thick bolsters to hold you in place in tight corners. Passenger seat-height adjustment comes as standard but you only get driver’s lumbar support on S line models and above.
Speaking of seats, don’t expect the TT’s rear ones to be big enough to take some friends for a ride – they’re more a token gesture than a genuinely usable proposition. Even if you’re under 5’6” tall there’s no headroom and barely any space for your knees behind the front seats.
All but the driver’s seat come with Isofix anchor points for a child seat as standard but it’s a real squeeze to lean into the back to strap in a child. Fitting a child seat in the front is much easier but the TT’s low roofline means you’ll have to stoop down a fair way.
Don’t be put off by the Audi TT’s hairdresser reputation – it’s a stylish sports car that’s great to drive and has a really classy cabin
The TT’s boot can hold a reasonable 305 litres of luggage – that’s big enough for a baby stroller and some soft bags but less room than you’ll find in a BMW 2 Series or Ford Mustang. The huge rear hatch means it’s a breeze to load bulky items though, despite the big boot lip.
Flip the rear seats down in a 50:50 split and the TT’s 712-litre boot has a completely flat floor and is even big enough to carry a bike – if you remove one of its wheels first.
You can get the TT with both diesel and petrol engines. The entry-level 180hp 1.8-litre petrol is best if you do most of your driving around town while the economical but more expensive 184hp diesel is a better bet if you spend more time on the motorway.
If you want your TT to feel like a proper sports car though, then go for the more powerful 230hp 2.0-litre petrol – it can sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds yet returns around 30mpg. This’ll be fast enough to put a vast smile on your face on a twisty backroad and makes you wonder why you’d spend a lot more money a 310hp TTS or 395hp TT RS model.
But regardless of which version you go for, the TT was awarded four stars by Euro NCAP in 2015 making it one of the safest sports car on sale. It’s a credible rival to the likes of the BMW 2 Series and should be high on your sports car shortlist – so long as you don’t need to carry more than one passenger.
See how the TT compares to the BMW and Ford Mustang in our video group test, and read our following interior, driving and specifications review sections for a more in-depth look at this stylish compact coupe.