Cheapest to buy will be a 40 TFSI in Sport trim, paired with a manual gearbox. However, if purchasing on PCP, a higher-spec S Line with an S Tronic gearbox could prove cheaper to run due to stronger residual values.
Company car drivers will find the 40 TFSI S Tronic claims the lowest BIK costs, and is probably the most sensible blend of performance and economy in the absence of a diesel model.
There’s no question if you want the fastest TT. The RS is almost as fast as an R8 supercar, with a howling soundtrack and a lively driving experience. You won’t be disappointed.
The best Audi TT Coupe models
2.0T FSI Quattro TTS (Tested July 2018, by Adam Binnie)
The Audi TT has always aged well – even early first generation models still look fresh 20 years on.
The current third generation TT has been on sale since 2014, and that means it’s due a mid-life facelift to keep it competitive in the face of coupe competition from the BMW 2 Series, Mercedes SLC and Porsche Cayman.
We’ve sampled the updated TTS Coupe to find out how it’s fared – one of the hotter models in the range.
A sprinkling of updates enhancing the three TT pillars – design, performance and tech. But in reality this is a fairly light refresh, one that announces that the USB ports are now illuminated, for example.
Externally changes include a new grille and bumper design, two new colours and a selection of different alloy wheels. Additional air intakes and vents front and rear on S Line and TTS models add purpose - when viewed from a distance that is, because of course they’re blanked off and not actually functional.
Inside there’s an enhanced standard kit list – Audi’s Drive Select system, light and rain sensors, multifunction steering wheel, heated door mirrors and the central rev counter layout for the Virtual Cockpit from the TTRS. And those light-up USB ports, of course.
What about the performance?
A few contradictions here – the 2.0-litre TTS now makes 306hp – 4hp less than before. But because it has 20Nm more torque, it completes the 0-62mph one tenth quicker, in 4.5 seconds.
There’s also a new seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox as standard in the TTS, with no manual option any more. Despite the minor drop in power the car still rips along at a remarkable pace, in the utterly unflustered way we’re come to expect in fast Audis.
A new gasoline particulate filter has been installed to reduce the TT’s carbon footprint, which also subtlety changes the tone of the engine. It still sounds exciting and bassy with the odd rumble from the exhaust at low speed, but not quite up to the sound of the five-cylinder TTRS.
Does it drive well?
Point-to-point the TTS has similar confidence-inspiring grip to the VW Golf R, thanks to standard issue Quattro all-wheel drive.
As a result it’s a bit two-dimensional in its handling, seemingly holding stacks of ability in reserve, rather than balancing finely on a knife-edge. It remains an easy car to drive very quickly indeed.
Helping the balance between performance and usability is now-standard Audi magnetic ride – a more advanced type of adaptive damping system than the old car used, which always felt very hard indeed in the sportiest Dynamic setting.
Now there’s still a firm edge to the suspension but the TTS is now much better at absorbing bumps, even sharp-edged potholes and cracked tarmac, without compromising its tidy body control and sharp turn-in.
As an out-and-out sports car there are better coupe options for enthusiastic drivers but few offer the breadth of ability as the TT, particularly the warmed-up TTS.
We think this car is a real sweet spot in the range. It’s not as fast or as vocally impressive as the TTRS, but the TTS has such usable performance for most buyers, it’s surely all the TT they will ever need.
Audi TT 2.0 TDI Black Edition S Tronic
Tested December 2017 by Tom Goodlad
Joining the range a while after launch, Black Edition trim sits above desirable S Line with some added exterior attitude. The grille is all gloss black, with privacy glass and black door mirrors completing the look along with a set of smart black alloy wheels.
The 2.0-litre TDI diesel powering this version comes with Quattro and an S Tronic gearbox, making the TT something of an undercover winter weapon.
On the move, the 184hp and 380Nm of torque on offer is deployed smoothly without overwhelming the car’s well-sorted chassis, with Quattro all-wheel drive distributing the power effectively and efficiently.
The smooth-shifting S Tronic gearbox works its way through the gears quickly, too, and you can tweak the engine’s responsiveness and the weight of the steering by switching between the driving modes in the Drive Select system.
There’s no escaping the sound of the diesel engine, especially if you let the car rev out, but overall refinement is impressive and the TT is an enjoyable car to drive at all speeds. It’s not the most exciting driving experience, but it’s safe and predictable, with a certain degree of fun that you expect from a slick-looking two-door coupe.
Inside, the TT’s trump card is played with a modern-looking, high-quality dashboard design that’s easy to navigate and get used to.
Black Edition trim suits the TT’s character, too, offering some serious kerb appeal and an attractive level of equipment as standard, while the excellent Bang & Olufsen stereo is a nice upgrade from the regular system found in S Line models.
In this form the TT isn’t particularly cheap to buy (especially if you start adding optional extras), but the combination of punchy yet frugal diesel engine, secure Quattro all-wheel drive and excellent S Tronic gearbox means it’s a great all-rounder.
If you want something a bit more interesting than a regular premium hatchback, but still cover long distances on a regular basis and don’t want something that you’ll be visiting the petrol station in regularly, it’s well worth a look.
Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI 400PS Quattro S Tronic
Tested November 2016
The Audi TT RS is the fastest small coupe the German manufacturer has ever produced, with double the power of the 1980s Quattro from which this new car can trace its heritage.
It can accelerate from 0-62mph in well under four seconds, placing it close to supercars from Ferrari and even the firm’s own V10-powered R8.
The 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the TT RS endows it with serious power and pace. You get 480Nm of torque across a broad spread of the rev range, followed by peak power of 400hp near the top of 7,000rpm limit.
This drives all four wheels through a rapid-firing seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and sticky Quattro all-wheel drive – there’s no manual or two-wheel drive option.
As a result the 0-62mph benchmark sprint is blasted aside in 3.7 seconds, although we saw times two tenths quicker on a circuit.
Economy has improved over the old version of this car, too – Audi promises 34.4mpg and 187g/km of CO2 from the TT RS Coupe.
On the road it is easy to deploy all this pace thanks to the all-wheel drive system. You never really feel like you’ll run out of front axle traction and on the exit of a corner the TT RS just grips and goes.
While this makes it devastatingly quick point-to-point it doesn’t leave much space to explore the balance of the chassis, to steer on the throttle or manage the angle of the car through a bend.
Take it slow and the TT RS rides surprisingly well – with the optional Audi magnetic ride suspension – especially with the Audi Drive Select mode in Comfort (Auto, Dynamic and Individual modes are also available) as this adjusts the steering, throttle, exhaust noise and Quattro all-wheel drive.
Our initial test cars had the £1,600 Dynamic Pack fitted – which includes Audi magnetic ride and a sport exhaust – offering strong comfort levels, with the suspension effectively cushioning driver and passenger from lumps and bumps in the road.
While the stiff springs and shock absorbers remain firm with this optional system fitted, they strike a good balance between providing tied-down cornering for such a powerful car and acceptable everyday comfort. The exhaust, meanwhile, makes the most of the beautifully raucous engine with a louder Sport and more subtle Standard mode.
We’ve now driven a model with the standard suspension and optional 20-inch alloy wheels on UK roads. The suspension is extremely firm and the car seems to skip from bump to bump.
The larger alloy wheels are part of the problem with more metal and less rubber between you and the road, but even with the standard 19-inch versions the TT RS can be overwhelmed by a rapid succession of bumps. As a result, most buyers will want to pay the extra for the magnetic ride.
Audi TTS 2.0 TFSI Quattro S Tronic
Tested April 2015
The TTS is an undeniably good-looking car – both inside and out – but it can’t hold a candle to the Porsche Cayman or Lotus Evora as the enthusiasts’ choice. The Quattro all-wheel drive system provides unbelievable levels of grip, but at the expense of that last level of feedback, both through the chassis and the steering.
However, the TT makes up for this by being easier to live with day-to-day and by being cheaper to run. It almost sits in a class of its own, and while we don’t think it drives quite as well as some of its more focused rivals, that isn’t to say it’s bad. But it’s very easy.
When you get this car on a B-road at the right time, there are few cars that can cover ground so quickly. It’s the combination of 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and Quattro working together, meaning you’ll have to work hard to find its limits. Even when you do manage, the front tyres are the first to protest, and the TT is so nicely balanced that this is a bit of a non-event.
It stops impressively and the steering is accurate, if lacking a little communication. You can adjust its weighting using the Audi Drive Select system, along with the ferocity of gearbox changes and the throttle response. The suspension, while a little firm at times, actually makes for a fairly comfortable ride overall.
And we love this engine. With 306bhp and 380Nm it’ll do 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155mph. The thing is, it’s so well built and solid-feeling that you just don’t feel like you’re driving something capable of embarrassing many supercars.
In fact, this car works better driven at seven or eight tenths rather than flat-out, and if you do that you’ll actually see pretty reasonable fuel economy. Audi claims 40.9mpg, but we’d say 30mpg is more than realistic during real-world driving.
The reality is if you’re looking for a car like the TTS, you’ve probably already made your mind up and you’re probably going to be very happy indeed with your purchase. We'd go for an automatic gearbox as it suits the car better, but manual lovers won't be disappointed with their choice either.
Our only advice would be to watch out for expensive optional extras pushing the price up too much, and also for lurid colours which may make it difficult to sell on afterwards.
Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport
Tested November 2014
This particular model’s aspiration is to offer incredible value for money when it comes to running costs. In Sport trim this TT Ultra cost £29,770 new, and despite its 7.1-second 0-62mph time and 150mph top speed, it’ll return up to 67.3mpg (think post 50mpg real world) and emits just 110g/km. That last number means that, when tested, annual VED car tax cost just £20 a year. Residual values of 49 percent are equally impressive.
The 2.0-litre petrol is faster, but it rarely feels it, and there’s no real detriment to handling having a heavyweight diesel engine slung out front. Agile and quick to respond, this might be the most frugal TT available, but in no way does it feel like a poor relation to anything else in the range. It’s not particularly playful though, and as a front-wheel drive only model the diesel does lose out on ultimate grip in poor conditions when compared with the petrol Quattro.
Sport trim does without the lowered S Line suspension and, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, it rides smoothly and without fuss or fumble. The engine is equally flap-free, with little in the way of startup grumble or roar on the road, and feels usefully flexible thanks to 380Nm of torque available from just 1,750rpm. That means there’s no constant stirring of the six-speed manual, which is pleasant enough to shift but sports what must be the world’s largest gearknob.
The Audi TT has always sold on its image, and there’s no doubt that remains here; and on the face of it (and inside that rather stylish face) it’ll continue its upward trend in sales chart dominance.
Great to look at, even better to sit in than previous generation, the TT is great to drive too. Choose this diesel and it’ll be perfectly acceptable to run, with high economy, low emissions and cheap tax if you’re buying a used model. It is the people’s car TT, and a perfectly rounded choice for almost everyone.
Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Quattro S Line S Tronic
Tested October 2014
There was a time that the only reason you bought an Audi TT was for its interior. Built using quality materials, devoid of frippery, designed according to Bauhaus principles and even remotely practical, the rest of the TT package didn’t matter. The third generation changes all that; that bow has just had some strings added.
It is lighter on its feet than the previous model though, both in terms of raw numbers and agility on the move. It feels alert and responsive to inputs, with cat-like reactions to steering input and body control so unflustered by bumps it could be in a sleep-induced coma. Except it’s more fun to drive than that.
Without adaptive damping, this passively suspended S-line model with 10mm lower stiffer suspension (a no-cost option to delete on S-line trim) and 20-inch wheels rides surprisingly well considering the size of the wheels. Sure, the softer Sport suspension option is a wise choice, but no longer will this car dislodge fillings over rutted roads – it’ll still fidget over some bumps though. It’s not a miracle worker.
Quattro all-wheel drive means there’s no drama in the driveline either, and the TT grips hard and tracks round wet leave-strewn corners faithfully and without flickering orange traction control lights. In fact, it’ll flatten any driver into believing they’re a hero - whatever the conditions – such are the capabilities of this non-intrusive helping hand.
It’s point-to-point quick too, with a 0-62mph time dispensed in just 5.3 seconds. If there’s a criticism here it’s not of that number – that’s genuinely quick – but that this car is so smooth, refined and drama free it never feels as exciting as that figure suggests. Only a glance down at the slick digital display, to see the speedometer’s numbers flicking relentlessly on, hints at the feat just completed.
The fact it’ll do that, while still offering (not at the same time obviously) up to 44.1mpg and emitting 149g/km of CO2 is even more impressive. Choose the manual and the acceleration time increases to six seconds, but economy climbs to 47.9mpg with a corresponding decrease in CO2 at 137g/km.
With the six-speed automatic ‘box in top gear, tunes filtered through the excellent Bang & Olufsen upgraded stereo, the TT feels incredibly long-legged. There’s no exorbitant noise, the seats (in this case the Super Sports chairs) comfortable and the cabin detailing borderline perfection.
The exterior doesn’t draw as much attention as that cabin though, with subtly sharp lines and a silhouette only slightly evolved from the principles of the first generation. Avoid Sport trim if you’re worried about image though, as this S Line model looks far more aggressive and interesting.
- August 2014 – New Audi TT available to order in the UK, with first deliveries expected in December. To begin with, it’s available in Sport and S Line trim levels, powered by 230hp 2.0 TFSI petrol (front- or all-wheel drive, manual or S Tronic) or a 184hp 2.0 TDI Ultra with (manual only), exclusively with front-wheel drive.
- October 2014 – Audi TTS added to the range with higher-output 2.0 TFSI petrol with 310hp, Quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of manual or S Tronic gearboxes. Subtle styling differences, and is available to order now with deliveries in March 2015.
- September 2016 – Audi TT RS – the most powerful TT ever – opens for order with a 2.5-litre TFSI petrol with 400hp, Quattro all-wheel drive and an S Tronic gearbox.
- November 2016 – Black Edition model added to the range, slotting above the S Line with black styling pack, privacy glass and Bang & Olufsen stereo upgrades.
- January 2017 - The 2.0 TDI diesel made available with Quattro all-wheel drive exclusively with an S Tronic gearbox in Sport, S Line and Black edition trims
- January 2019 - TT receives a mild facelift with tweaks to the styling, and new naming structure. The 40 TFSI is a 197hp petrol, while the 45 TFSI is a 245hp model. Sport, S Line and Black Edition trims remain
Buying a new Audi TT Coupe
- Wide range of engines to choose from
- Tempting options list can get pricey
- S Line and Black Edition particularly desirable
The TT is a popular model, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to haggle a little money off the list price or monthly payments for a TT. Failing that, you should at least try to get one or two optional extras thrown into the deal.
A broker will still be your best bet if you want to save big on the list price although that means you may not be able to choose the exact colour and spec you’d prefer.
We’d aim for desirable S Line or Black Edition trim, even though its advantages over the regular Sport trim are largely cosmetic apart from uprated headlights and sports suspension. It could help further down the line with used buyers looking for a sharp TT with more kit.
If you do pick an S Line, consider going for the comfort suspension. If you regularly drive on bumpy roads you’ll be thankful for this as the standard sports setup is very firm.
We’d also urge you to stay away from the largest alloy wheels available. They make look great, but they’ll also contribute to a fidgety, unsettled ride. In terms of options, don’t go too wild as it’s easy to rack up a huge amount of kit at huge cost. Stick to options packs where available, as they bundle popular options into a package that will be appealing when you come to sell it on.
Buying a used Audi TT Coupe
- Lots of choice out there
- Aim for an S Line or Black Edition
- S Tronic gearbox works well
When you’re looking for a used Audi TT, make sure you’re clear on which version will suit you best. While the full-bore TT RS will no doubt appeal to many, the cars lower down the range are much better propositions for use every day. And they’re much cheaper.
If you cover long distances then a TDI diesel should be your aim, preferably with the slick and responsive S Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive.
If you want a bit more fun, the petrols provide this, albeit without the impressive fuel economy returns of the diesel.
Whichever you go for, look out for any scuffs or marks around the door sills; it’s easy for people to catch their shoes as they climb in and out, and check the wheels haven’t been scuffed. Most alloy wheel options available on the TT are big and with low-profile tyres, so it’s very easy to mark them on kerbs. Do check the condition of the tyres – they’ll be expensive to replace, too.
Invest in a Parkers Car History Check too, to ensure there are no hidden surprises such as outstanding finance to worry about.
Selling your Audi TT Coupe
- Will be strong demand for a TT Coupe
- Make sure yours stands out
- Create a strong advert with good pictures
You shouldn’t have much bother selling your TT – it’s an incredibly desirable and in-demand car. Make sure you talk up any optional extras fitted, especially things like a Technology Package or Bang & Olufsen stereo upgrade. Take pictures of any appealing features if you mention them in your ad, too.
Keep a meticulous record of all service and maintenance and if you’ve had the misfortune to scuff the alloy wheels consider getting them refurbished as kerb marks can put off potential buyers. Consider having the interior valeted too, and make sure it’s in good condition if someone wants to come and view the car.
Take out a Parkers Valuation to ensure you price it right, especially as there will be numerous dealers with similar cars for sale.