Audi TT (2014-present)

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

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Smart styling
Satisfying to drive
Economical diesel

Weaknesses 

Quite expensive
Tight in the back
No four-wheel-drive diesel

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 and is available with some extremely frugal engines that still offer appropriately sporty performance.

Key rivals for the TT include its VW Group sister car the Volkswagen Scirocco, as well as the BMW 4 Series, Porsche Cayman and Peugeot RCZ. Tough competition, but the Audi’s fantastic interior, generous equipment and decent residual values all count in its favour.

The BMW and Porsche still have it beat when it comes to sheer driving fun, but the gap isn’t as big as it has been with previous versions of the TT. The Audi wins out for day-to-day usability, though. While it’s not ‘practical’ in the conventional sense of the word, it’s a lot easier to live with (and cheaper to run) than many sports cars.

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

Elsewhere, occupants enjoy the high-quality fit and finish that has become a hallmark 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 

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:45

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 in the range. The 2.0-litre TDI ‘Ultra’ engine can return up to 62.8mpg and costs just £30 a year to tax, 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, if your family is still young you may just get away with it.
Audi TT 2.0T FSI Quattro TTS
The TTS packs a powerful TFSI 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
    2.0T FSI
  • 4WD
    Quattro
  • Trim
    S Line
  • Gearbox
    S Tronic
  • Engine
    Audi calls its petrol engines TFSI and the range starts with 1.8 and 2.0-litre offerings. There’s also a more powerful 2.0-litre TFSI in the range-topping TTS performance version. Diesel TT buyers have one option: The frugal 2.0 TDI Ultra.
  • Trim
    Audi offers just two regular trim levels for the TT (Sport and S line) while the extra-sporty TTS model sits at the top of the range.
  • Gearbox
    Six-speed manual or S tronic dual-clutch auto transmission is 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.

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Audi TT 2.0T FSI Quattro TTS

Price

£39,240

£35,531

£32,885

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9%

16%

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Best for families

Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra S Line

Price

£32,660

£29,643

£25,140

£22,430

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9%

23%

31%

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Best for economy

Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport

Price

£30,110

£27,373

£23,955

£21,350

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9%

20%

29%

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