This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi TT Coupe review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Audi TT Mk1 used car buying guide

What’s the Audi TT Mk1 like to drive?

Early versions of the Mk1 Audi TT came with the same turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine used in the Volkswagen Golf GTI of the day. It’s available with either 180 or 225hp. The lower-powered version was fitted with a five speed gearbox from launch, with a six-speeder later replacing this ‘box in 2001. Both models offer strong performance but, if you have the choice, go for the 225hp version as the extra power and makes the car more fun to drive.

In 2003, a 3.2-litre V6 engine was introduced along with a DSG automatic transmission which offers supremely fast changes. A 1.8T Quattro Sport model with 240hp and a stripped out interior was launched in 2005 and offered similarly strong performance – this is probably the best model in the range for keener drivers. The entry-level 1.8-litre model also got a power hike to 190hp at the same time.

Handling

Every version of the TT handles well. Even the most basic front-wheel drive variants offer loads of grip, especially when you pair the chassis with a modern set of tyres. Granted, it’s not as sharp as the MX-5 of the day – but it’s not bad for something that was primarily designed for posing in.

As you would expect, the higher-spec all-wheel-drive models feel more planted, especially in slippery conditions. All cars have a slightly harsh ride, but that just helps to keep the body controlled in the corners. Like a lot of German cars from the period, the TT’s steering system feels a little non-communicative, but it is at least precise.