Audi TT (2014-present)

The third-generation Audi TT maintains the good looks and strong image the car is famous for

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Sleek styling
Enjoyable to drive
Economical diesel

Weaknesses 

High cash prices
Very cramped rear seats
No four-wheel-drive diesel
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Audi TT Coupe Special Editions 45 tfsi quattro tt 20 years 2dr s tronic

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The Audi TT is a very popular two-door coupe that has rock-solid image, combined with decent performance and handling. It’s now in its third generation and has kept up with the times nicely. It has one of the most advanced dashboards of any car on sale - with digital dials and a dashtop media system screen on offer - and is available with some extremely frugal engines that still offer suitably sporty performance.

Key rivals for the TT include the closely-related Volkswagen Scirocco - which is now only available used - as well as the BMW 2 Series, Porsche Cayman and second-hand only Peugeot RCZ. Tough competition, but the Audi’s striking and high-quality interior, long list of standard equipment and strong resale values all count in its favour.

The BMW and Porsche still have it beaten when it comes to sheer driving fun, but the gap isn’t as big as it has been with previous versions of the TT, which revolved more around style than an exciting drive. The Audi wins out for day-to-day usability, though. While it’s not ‘practical’ in the conventional sense of the word - with tiny rear seats - it’s a lot easier to live with (and cheaper to run) than many sports cars, thanks to its surprisingly large boot and rear seats that fold down for even more space. Fuel economy is also quite reasonable.

One of the most eye-catching aspects of this TT is its ‘virtual dashboard’. This takes the form of a large screen set behind the steering wheel, where you’d usually find an analogue speedometer and rev counter. It can show those conventional displays, but can also be reconfigured to show a sat-nav map and various other functions of the car’s media system.

Elsewhere, occupants enjoy the high-quality fit and finish that has become a trademark of Audi interiors and although there isn’t a great deal of space in the back seats, they’ll suit small children just fine and the TT is a comfortable companion on long motorway journeys.

The TT’s list price is broadly competitive with its rivals, although the higher-spec models look rather expensive. It’s one of the most affordable sports car to run, though, particularly with the extra-efficient TDI Ultra diesel engine, and this forms a major part of its appeal.

Last Updated 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 09:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
305 litres
Width: 
1,832mm
Length: 
4,177mm
Height: 
1,353mm
Tax (min to max): 
£30 to £205

Best Audi TT for... 

Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport
Diesel is the obvious choice if you want the most efficient TT. The 2.0-litre TDI ‘Ultra’ engine can return up to 62.8mpg and costs just £30 a year to tax (for most second-hand versions), but is still a strong enough performer to make this TT feel like a proper sports car.
Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra S line
The low running costs of the above-mentioned Ultra diesel engine mean it’s a good choice for family motorists, too, and while the TT isn’t really suitable for carrying older children with tight rear seats, if your family is still young you may just get away with it.
Audi TT RS Quattro
The TT RS packs a powerful and dramatic-sounding petrol engine and quattro four-wheel-drive for swift acceleration and stable handling on all types of road. It looks the part, too, with special alloy wheels and a bodykit to set it apart from lesser TTs.
Audi TT 2.0T FSI Quattro S Line S Tronic
The TT is a great car and no version is a genuinely bad choice, but the expensive-to-run 2.0-litre petrol engine with four-wheel drive in S line spec looks considerably poorer value for money than the entry-level diesel.

Audi TT History 

August 2014: Third-generation Audi TT goes on sale in UK

Understanding Audi TT car names 

  • TT
  • Engine
    S line 45 TFSI quattro S tronic
  • All-wheel drive
    Quattro
  • Trim
    S line
  • Gearbox
    S tronic
  • Engine
    Audi refers its petrol engines as 'TFSI' and diesels as 'TDI' with the engines' power represented by a two-digit number - 40 or 45 for most of the range. Older models still use figures to show the size of the engine instead - such as 1.8 or 2.0. S line, meanwhile, refers to the car's specification level - in this case S line is a sporty trim that sharpens the car's looks inside and out and provides a slightly more sporty drive. 'Quattro' on the other hand is the name for Audi's all-wheel drive system, optional on certain models. S tronic refers to the high-tech automatic gearbox available on many TT models. Range topping performance models, are referred to as TTS and TT RS for the super-fast, most expensive version. Diesel TT buyers, however, have just one option - the frugal 2.0 TDI Ultra.
  • Trim
    Audi offers just a few regular trim levels for the TT (Sport and S line with a plush Black Edition option above them) while the extra-sporty TTS and TT RS models sit at the top of the range.
  • Gearbox
    Six-speed manual or fast-shifting S tronic 'dual-clutch' automatic transmissions are available.

Audi TT Engines 

Engines: 1.8 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI The basic Audi TT engine range is pretty straightforward, with 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrols, plus a single 2.0-litre diesel, to choose from. There’s also a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre petrol, which is exclusive to the high-performance, range-topping Audi TTS model.

Initially, it’s hard to look past the 2.0-litre ‘Ultra’ diesel, thanks to its strong performance and extremely wallet-friendly 62.8mpg fuel-economy figure. Road tax is only £30 a year with this engine, too, but you won’t feel like miser while driving it, as 0-62mph takes just a shade over seven seconds – quick enough to be called a proper sports car.

The cheapest engine in the range – the 1.8-litre petrol – is fractionally faster than the Ultra, but nowhere near as economical. If you only do short journeys and want to keep your TT’s list price down, it’s worth a look, but otherwise we’d recommend the diesel. Note that the 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel are both only available with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.

Those in search of more power should consider the 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is a little less economical again, but considerably more powerful than the 1.8 petrol. It also introduces the option of Audi’s ‘S tronic’ six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the company’s famous ‘quattro’ four-wheel-drive (which is only available with that gearbox). Both of those options reduce fuel economy a bit, though.

The range-topping TTS gets its own more powerful version of the 2.0-litre TFSI engine, dropping the 0-62mph time to a seriously quick 4.6 seconds. It’s four-wheel drive only, but unlike the standard 2.0-litre quattro setup, it does offer the choice of manual transmission, which keen drivers will no doubt appreciate.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.8 TFSI

Petrol

47.1mpg

176bhp

6.9s

149mph

2.0 TFSI

Petrol

42.8 - 46.3mpg

227bhp

5.3 - 6.0s

155mph

2.0 TFSI

Petrol

38.7 - 40.9mpg

306bhp

4.6 - 4.9s

155mph

2.0 TDI

Diesel

62.8mpg

181bhp

7.1s

149mph

Audi TT Trims 

Trims: Sport, S line, TTS Like the engine line-up, the range of trim levels – or versions – of the Audi TT is pretty simple, encompassing just three options.

It starts off with the Sport, which already wants for little, featuring as it does 18-inch alloy wheels, Audi’s ‘Drive Select’ system with different driving modes, the ‘virtual cockpit’ dashboard display, DAB, Bluetooth, xenon headlights, LED running lights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air-conditioning, sports seats, leather upholstery and a split-folding rear seat for extra luggage capacity when needed.

S lines up the alloy-wheel size to 19 inches and offers the option of firmer, lower sports suspension (although this doesn’t work well on bumpy UK roads). Other kit here includes automatic LED headlights, an S line styling kit, aluminium trim inside, power-adjustable lumbar support, rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Moving up to the top-of-the-range TTS gets you 19-inch alloys in a special TTS design, Audi’s ‘Magnetic Ride Control’ adjustable suspension, a nine-speaker stereo, the distinctive TTS bodykit, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, coloured interior trim, steel pedals, heated ‘Super Sports’ seats, additional leather trim and a ‘lane assist’ system for enhanced safety on the motorway.

Audi TT Reliability and warranty 

Reliability and warranty This generation of the Audi TT hasn’t yet appeared in Auto Express magazine’s annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but the previous second-generation version had a pretty poor showing in 2015, coming in 183rd out of 200 cars looked at. It was ranked 163rd for reliability and a more impressive 93rd for build quality. Audi will be hoping the forthcoming 2016 edition of the survey brings better news for the latest TT. However the car’s long-term reliability record turns out, though, Audi still only offers a fairly standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty on all of its new cars. In contrast, BMW places no mileage limit on the cover it provides, including on the TT’s direct rival, the BMW 4 Series.

Used Audi TT 

Used Audi TT A desirable badge and stylish, premium image means the Audi TT holds on to its value quite well for what is a relatively expensive car. Savvy secondhand buyers can still find value, however: the older the TT gets, the narrower the price gap between higher and lower-spec models becomes. For example, you might be able to find a well priced (and well equipped) one or two-year-old S line model that would have cost its original owner significantly more than the entry-level Sport when new, but the difference in value after one or two years isn’t as big. Petrol TTs also lose value a bit faster than diesel-engined cars – although the eye-catching high-performance, top-of-the-range TTS model bucks that trend, as it’s highly sought-after by enthusiasts. At the time of writing, dealers on BuyaCar were offering roughly the same percentage discount on this model as the rest of the range, however.

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Audi TT 2.0T FSI Quattro TTS

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Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra S Line

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Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport

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Audi TT Prices

Audi TT Black Edition

45 tfsi black edition 2dr

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

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45 tfsi black edition 2dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

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45 tfsi black edition 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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45 tfsi black edition 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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45 tfsi quattro black edition 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,680

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45 tfsi quattro black edition 2dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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Audi TT S Line

45 tfsi quattro s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,240

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45 tfsi quattro s line 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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45 tfsi s line 2dr

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  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

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45 tfsi s line 2dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

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45 tfsi s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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45 tfsi s line 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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Audi TT Sport

45 tfsi quattro sport 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,305

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  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
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45 tfsi sport 2dr

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  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

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45 tfsi sport 2dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

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45 tfsi sport 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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45 tfsi sport 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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Audi TT TT 20 Years

45 tfsi quattro tt 20 years 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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