The original Audi TT from 1998 certainly had the looks of a bona fide sports car, but it wasn’t particularly sparkling to drive.
However, subsequent versions – particularly this third-generation car – have been just as good to drive as they are to gawp at, so it’s no surprise the TT is so popular, easily outselling rivals such as the Nissan 370Z and Peugeot RCZ.
It’s not just how fast the Audi is or how well it handles that makes it such a brilliant coupe, though. Its interior has a high-tech and user-friendly layout, and it’s made from sumptuous materials that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury car. It’s even pretty practical, with an easy-to-access boot and rear seats that fold flat.
It’s not perfect – the manual gearshift has a longer throw than we’d like and you’ll almost certainly want to spend extra on options – but when you consider how relatively well priced it is and how well it’ll hold its value, the TT is actually something of a bargain.
We wouldn’t try to talk you out of buying any version, but the range-topping TTS makes the least sense. That’s because, while it’s the fastest and most capable model in the range, it’s really no more fun to drive than the cheaper versions, despite costing a lot more to buy. Our top choice is the 2.0 TFSI in entry-level Sport trim, although you will want to add a few options.