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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The TT was originally launched with the 1.8 turbocharged engine used in many Volkswagen products. It was available with either 180bhp or 225bhp - the lower powered version was launched with a five speed gearbox, a six-speeder was later offered and the five-speed gear-box was discontinued in 2001. Performance is strong from both models, but if you have the choice, go for the 225bhp version as the increase in power is noticeable and makes it more fun to drive.

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

All UK TT Coup├ęs are all-wheel-drive (some imports were front drive only) giving secure handling and grip even in slippery conditions. The ride can seem a little harsh due to the stiff suspension but that keeps it well controlled in the corners with minimal body roll. The steering is a bit of a let down considering the TTs sporty image - it's precise but it lacks feedback and feels wooden.