- Exceptional interior
- Sharp handling
- Punchy engines
- Cramped rear seats
- Expensive from new
- Not a lot else
Sleek luxury coupe that’s great to drive
The Audi TT, first introduced in 1998, and now in its third generation, is one of the most iconic sports cars of its generation. A four seater coupe, the TT goes up against cars such as the Volkswagen Scirocco, and the Peugeot RCZ. One of the facets that has made the TT so popular in the UK is its on-road ability. Handling is excellent, without compromising ride comfort. A range of punchy engines allow you to make full use of the car’s dynamic handling, whilst running costs are low for a car in this class. Most important however is the TT’s styling. It’s sharp, muscular aesthetics, and high-end interior really make it stand out from the crowd. The TT still is the king of the coupes.
One of the best interiors on the market.
Stepping inside a sports coupe should be a special experience, and the TT doesn’t disappoint. The cabin design should be the blueprint for all other manufacturers who want to create a quality interior, whilst practicality is decent for a sports coupe.
The dashboard design of the TT is one of elegant simplicity. Everything feels and looks fantastic. The head-up display allows you to customise what you see on the dials, whilst the classy controls are encased within the retro-style air vents. Material quality is excellent throughout, with soft-touch materials and leather adorning every area. As you’d expect from Audi, build quality is exceptional, and it really feels like it’s built to last. Cars twice the price of the TT don’t beat the TT for all-round interior quality.
Practicality isn’t high up the requirements list for most coupe buyers, but it’s actually pretty decent. The two rear seats aren’t really big enough for adults, but they’re more than ample for children, and there’s two Isofix points to keep them safe. The 305 litre boot capacity also impresses, with almost as much room as a practical family hatchback, such as the Ford Focus. It’s an incredibly easy car to live with, so long as you don’t need space in the back for adults.
Equipment in the TT is generous, no matter which model you choose to go for. The entry-level Sport trim has more than enough kit for most buyers, with air-con, leather seats, alloy wheels, DAB, and Bluetooth all included as standard. S Line trim adds sportier exterior styling, and automatic lights and wipers, whilst range-topping TTS models add adaptive dampers, bigger alloy wheels, and racing-style interior trim.
All in all the interior of the TT is easily the most impressive in its class. The high-end cabin design will have most buyers in awe, whilst it’s still practical enough to use day-to-day. And with a lengthy equipment list as standard, you’re guaranteed to get good value for money.
Nimble, agile, and composed.
For most buyers of sports coupes, driving experience is absolutely vital. Thankfully the TT is one of the best handling cars in its class. The steering is sharp and responsive, there’s next to no body roll, and it corners like a dream. Two-wheel drive models contain understeer well, whilst Quattro four-wheel drive models are even more impressive, with plenty of grip in all weather conditions. For the full TT experience, we’d recommend going for one of the Quattro models.
Suspension and Chassis
If you think that the dynamic handling will compromise ride quality, you’d be wrong. Not only is the TT great in twisty bends, it’s also a comfortable long-distance cruiser. The suspension easily eats up potholes and loose surfaces. The stiffer suspension on S-Line models is still comfortable, whilst the TTS, which is fitted with adaptive dampers, still manages to cope well with poor British roads. It’s quiet on the motorway as well, with very little road and wind noise. The TT really does offer the best of both worlds.
Gearbox options in the TT come in two guises. Entry-level models come with a six-speed manual transmission that almost all reviewers are impressed with. It features a sharp, light shift, so you can easily change up and down the gears. An S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic is also available further up the range, and it’s slick enough. Though we’d go for the manual if you want a true sports-car experience.
Impressive performance across the range.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your TT, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. All of the engines pack enough punch to put a smile on your face, whilst running costs are low, especially if you go for the diesel model.
If it’s all-out power that you want from your TT, the standout option in the range is the 2.5T FSI RS Quattro model. This petrol-powered unit packs in an incredible 400bhp, and will rocket you from 0-62mph in a supercar-slaying 3.7 seconds. It is more expensive to run than the rest of the range. It’s worth considering that all of the engines are punchy enough, so going for one of the more fuel efficient petrols, or even the diesel model, will make more sense for most buyers.
Eco-conscious buyers aren’t known for going for sports coupes, but the TT is actually pretty impressive in this department. The standout engine in the range is the diesel-powered 2.0 TDI, which produces just 117g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s comparable with most family hatchbacks- impressive for a sports car! This engine is also the best option for money savers. With a tax bill of just £30 each year, and fuel economy of up to 62.8mpg, you can enjoy all the thrills, without emptying your wallet at service stations every week.
No matter which engine you go for in your TT you’re not going to be disappointed. There’s more enough power on tap no matter which one you go for. For all but the most dedicated petrolheads, the super-efficient diesel makes the most sense.
Four star NCAP result, with plenty of safety kit as standard.
Like most sports coupes, the Audi TT didn’t manage to achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. The 4-stars that it did receive is still a decent record for a car in this class, matching the Mazda MX-5, and beating the BMW Z4’s disappointing 3-stars. With scores of 81% in adult safety, 68% in child safety, 82% in pedestrian safety, and 64% in safety assist, the TT achieved some impressive individual scores.
No matter which model you go for, you’ll also get electronic stability and traction control, Isofix points, four airbags, as well as secondary-collision assist. There’s no automatic emergency braking which may disappoint some, but it really is a minor niggle.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Audi TT represents great value for money for buyers. Obviously it’s not a cheap car to buy from new, but with so many high-quality used examples on the market, it shouldn’t concern sensible buyers. Running costs are relatively low, though it does vary between model to model. The most efficient diesel engine is the one to go for if you crave low-running costs, whilst it should also hold its value better in the long run.
Insurance groups for the TT again depend on which model you choose to go for. It won’t be an especially cheap car to insure, but it won’t cost much more than an equivalent rival. The cheapest model in the range is the entry-level 1.8T FSI Sport model, which is in group 32, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping, supercar-slaying RS Coupe 2.5 TFSI Quattro S Tronic model, which is in group 43.
Depreciation is a factor to consider with the TT, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Audi TT remains the complete package for any buyer looking for a high-end sports coupe. With one of the best interiors on the market, punchy engines, and sharp handling, it ticks all the boxes. Surprisingly it’s also cheap to run if you choose the right model, whilst boot space is generous for a car in this class. There are very few quibbles with the TT. It really is the king of the coupes.
Buying a used Audi TT online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Audi TT for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used TT. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Audi TT online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Audi? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Audi TT, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used TT, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Audi to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.