Still a style icon – and hugely desirable, too
- Innovative, high-quality interior
- Great choice of engines
- Surprisingly practical boot
- Seriously fast TT RS
- Not the most exciting to drive
- Some basic equipment costs extra
- Over-firm ride on larger wheels
- Pointless rear seats
The third-generation Audi TT Coupe – launched in 2014 – has a lot to live up to if the success of its predecessors is anything to go by. The first two models were sales smash hits, but Audi’s stuck to its winning formula, evolving the original car’s now-iconic look and blending it with its latest modern look.
With high-performance models like the TT S and TT RS, it looks to have this covered (the TT RS is almost as fast as an R8), but you can also get a sensible 2.0 TDI diesel if you desire.
All the bits that made the old TT so popular – head-turning looks, a high-quality interior, everyday usability and speedy performance – remain, while the car as a whole has been brought bang up to date with the latest technology.
Sleek styling that’s bang up-to-date
The TT’s exterior styling mixes elements of the Mk1 and Mk2 and at first glance it’s unmistakably a TT. The wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) has grown slightly (it shares a platform with everything from the Volkswagen Golf to the SEAT Ateca) but the car’s overall length remains the same, making for super-short front and rear overhangs.
The TT wears more modern-looking LED headlights and taillights with some neat touches including directional indicators that swipe across the tail-lights rather than wink on and off – some of these you’ll need to pay extra for, though.
The TT Coupe is still a 2+2, with a pair of tiny seats under the rear window that are best suited to kids only – adults will really struggle to even get in the seats, let alone sit comfortably in them. However, the boot is surprisingly big, making it a more practical coupe than you might expect.
Slick and modern interior
One of the TT’s most appealing features is its modern, minimalist interior that’s packed with technology. There’s no central infotainment screen to speak of like in other Audi models. Instead, it’s all controlled via Audi’s Virtual Cockpit (available as an option on many other models) that sits in place of a traditional set of dials.
It’s a 12.3-inch screen that’s controlled via Audi’s MMI rotary controller on the centre console, or via buttons on the steering wheel. It takes a little getting used to, but once mastered it’s fairly intuitive and pleasant to use.
The rest of the cabin is simple to use – the heating controls are housed in the smart turbine-style air vents and quality is top-notch as you’d expect from the company.
Plenty of engine options
There’s a wide range of engine options to power your TT, from 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI petrols and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel in regular models, to a hotter 2.0-litre TFSI in the TT S and fire-spitting 2.5-litre TFSI under the bonnet of the TT RS.
Depending on the engine you choose, manual and S Tronic automatic gearboxes are available, as is the choice between front-wheel drive or Quattro all-wheel drive.
Hot Audi TT S and TT RS models
Bridging the gap between regular TT models and the top-of-the-range TT RS is the TT S, powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine producing 310hp. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, but buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic.
The TT S is marked out by various exterior design details such as a silver grille and door mirror caps, different alloy wheels and quad exhaust pipes at the rear of the car.
Then there’s the TT RS. It’s powered by a howling 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI petrol, capable of blitzing from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds and will go on to reach a 174mph top speed. You can thank 400hp, 480Nm of torque, a slick S Tronic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive for that.
The Parkers Verdict
The Audi TT still has a winning formula. It looks fantastic, the interior is high-quality and great to spend time in, there’s a huge amount of engine options and it’s enjoyable to drive.
It’s not cheap to buy (especially if you starting ticking boxes on the options list), but it holds its value very well indeed and quality oozes through all parts of the car.
Keen drivers will love the TT RS, although it comes at a hefty premium over the rest of the range. But when you consider its supercar-baiting performance, it actually looks like good value.
We’d aim for either the 2.0-litre TDI or 2.0-litre TFSI in S Line or Black Edition trim. They both manage to mix performance and practicality very well.