audi tt

 

Specs:

  • Engine Option: 2.0 TFSI Petrol, 2.0 TDI Diesel
  • Fuel Consumption: 4.2 L / 100 km (Lowest)
  • Curb Weight: 1,250 kg
  • Size: L 4,177 mm x W 1,966 mm x H 1353 mm

 The Good

The first generation of the Audi TT was one of the most understated cars from Audi’s range. Today we are talking about the third generation, which, in our opinion is almost perfect, no matter which model you choose.

Because it’s based on VW’s MQB platform, you would think that it would come with a wide selection of engines, but you can only choose from two petrol and one diesel model.

The petrol version is the 2.0 TFSI with 230 HP or 310 HP (TTS model). They both come with All Wheel Drive, while when it comes to the transmission, you can choose the manual version or the godly S-Tronic Dual Clutch System.

Sadly, for the diesel you can only get the 2.0 TDI with 184 HP, front wheel drive and manual drive. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with this, because this version also feels wonderful to drive.

The S-Tronic gearbox is very good, very fast and very smooth. It goes up and down through the gears faster than you can imagine and, because it’s a double clutch, you won’t feel it changing. We were surprised by both the sport and full auto settings for the gearbox. The automatic version is like a mind reader and changes perfectly up and down, especially around town, where most auto gearboxes struggle. VW really managed to knock it out of the park with the DSG and S-Tronic system.

All versions are very engaging to drive and this is due mostly to the light body (around 1,250 kg) and the suspension system. Turn off the driving assistance systems and you can see what we are talking about. The steering provides very good feedback from the road surface. Body roll is minimal and the ride quality is not at all compromised.

The diesel version has been clocked at around 4.2 L / 100 km, which, honestly, is better than most middle class hybrids.

The most powerful version, with the Quattro system and S-Tronic gearbox, can hit 100 km/h in around 4.6 s. That is seriously quick and can give way more expensive cars a run for their money.

The interior of the car is a very pleasant place to be. Everything is where it should be and the buttons have a very pleasant feel. The big surprise comes when you realize that the dials have been fully replaced by LED screens.

The Bad

The most expensive version is around $52.500. The cheapest is about $38.000, but you will need to add some options. So it’s a bit pricey.

The rear seats are just for fun. They serve no functionality whatsoever. You can’t even fit a small child in the back. It would have been a better idea to just remove them and create more luggage space, because this is another big minus for this car.

If you choose to go with larger wheels, then the ride becomes very firm.

The C pillar is huge and you do have sometimes problems when trying to reverse.

Conclusion

To sum up, the TT is a great car. Fun to drive, safe, good looking and there is a new RS version coming.  If you have the money for it, there’s no need to have second thoughts.   

What others say

http://www.caranddriver.com/ – “The new TT looks to its past to move forward.”

http://www.whatcar.com/ – “The Audi TT is brilliant to drive and effortless to live with – it’s one of the best coupes ever made.”

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