Incredibly cute. The Audi badge. Good performance.
The Audi TT is a very feminine car. It's small, it's dinky, and it sits low to the ground like the very best roadsters and coupes. But is it the best small roadster / coupe money can buy?
The Mazda MX-5 is considerably cheaper than an Audi TT but much less powerful. The Mercedes SLK arguably looks nicer than the Audi TT but there isn't an option for an all wheel drive version.
Let's take a look at the Audi TT to discover if this is the car to ditch your Nissan Micra for.
The Audi TT is gorgeous. It's much better looking than the older bubble shape version, and in both roadster and coupe guise they have considerable road presence. My favourite model is the Audi TT Black Edition 2.0 TDI which mixes economy and speed. That comes with a glossy black front grill, gloss black window inserts, and dark grey alloys. Sport models come with 17-inch alloys as standard whilst S Line trim nets you sportier lower profile 17-inch alloys. Both models look great, however S Line trim gets sportier bumpers and a more sporty interior.
Every Audi TT out on the road has considerable performance on tap. There are range of engines; a 1.8 TFSI that produces 160 PS, a 2.0 TFSI that produces 211 PS and a 2.0 TDI that produces 170 PS with a whole lot more torque than its petrol counterparts. My favourite is the 2.0 TDI, which is the exact same engine as found in the Golf GTD. It's mid-range grunt is impressive and merged with the low profile of the TT it's terrific fun. It's also a lot more fuel efficient on long runs than TFSI versions and if you're a woman of business, the TT TDI could prove to be a valuable tool. All engines are available with a 6 speed manual which is quick with a lovely shift, but S Tronic is best for the relaxed cruiser. The TT does a good job of absorbing all of the crappy roads you'll come across, and it's quiet at motorway speeds too.
The Audi TT has the nicest interior of any sub £30k car on the road. It's of sublime quality and everything is soft touch. Alcantra / leather seats come as standard in all TT's whilst full leather is a £560 optional extra. Chrome and aluminium inserts add a touch of class to the cabin and S Line trim gets you sportier seats, a flat bottomed steering wheel and plenty of S Line badges. The driving position is excellent with thanks to multi rake and reach adjustment, and out on the road the cabin is a wonderful place to be on long journeys, thanks to the clever suspension and premium tyres.
As I said, the 2.0 TDI is my pick of the TT range. It's only available as Quattro all wheel drive and will return a combined mpg of 53.3. The 1.8 TFSI will return 44.1 mpg on a combined cycle whilst the 2.0 TFSI will return 42.8 mpg on a combined cycle. All engine set ups are fuel efficient, and for shorter journeys the petrol's will prove more efficient whilst for longer journeys the TDI will be best. Choose the engine that suits the majority of your driving best.
The Audi TT Coupe comes in the following hierarchy; TT Coupe Sport, TT Coupe Sport S Line, TT Coupe Sport Black Edition, TTS Coupe and TT RS Coupe. The Audi TT Roadster is available as a TT Roadster, TTS Roadster and TT RS Roadster. Most buyers will opt for the affordable base level TT's but for those seeking supercar like performance the TTRS is hard to turn your nose up at. There is also a range of equipment available as an optional extra, such as heated seats.
The bottom line
The Audi TT is a stylish and fun car to drive that holds its value well and stands out from the crowd. Even in base Sport trim the TT looks great whilst Black Edition is as sporty as you can get without going for a TTS or TTRS. Out on the road the TT is fast and comfortable with all engines proving capable. For the business women who travels up and down the country I'd opt for the 2.0 TDI which offers 90% of the thrills of the petrol's with significantly better running costs. For the women who enjoys driving hard and smoking little boys in their hot hatches, the 2.0 TFSI will do the trick and it has a pretty sweet soundtrack too.
If buying new be sure to select your optional extras carefully as this will help you get a better sale deal in the future.