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5 out of 5 stars

For The TT has svelte styling, plenty of pace and sublime handling. It's a superbly built coupe

Against It's expensive as the TT has high residual values – especially the diesels. The rear seats are tiny

Verdict The TT's a cracking coupe that's also an accomplished sports car. It's reliable and comfortable enough to use every day

Go for… 2.0 TFSI

Avoid… 3.2 V6

Audi TT Coupe
  • 1. Lightweight aluminium chassis helps make TT nimble
  • 2. All models are well equipped, with climate control, stability control and half-leather seats as standard
  • 3. Regularly treat seats with leather cream to prevent excess wear
  • 4. Check to see if the brakes squeal during your testdrive
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Audi TT Coupe full review with expert trade views

After the runaway success of the original Audi TT, the replacement might look a little underwhelming. However, underneath its conservative styling lies a full-on sports car that's stunning to drive and tonnes of fun.

The majority of the car's chassis and bodywork is aluminium, making it lighter than the old model, yet it's bigger and has slightly more room inside. This weight loss gives the TT amazing agility and, combined with the peppy engine options, it's very fast in a straight line, and grippy round the bends. The ride is firm but not excessively so. Despite the performance, the TT is easy to drive and refined at low speeds.

The cabin feels solid and durable, and quality materials are used throughout. The rear seats are suitable only for the smallest children, but the boot is a good size for a coupe.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Don't be put off the 2.0-litre 197bhp TFSI version. It feels more alert than the heavier V6, and sounds great under hard acceleration. The 3.2-litre 247bhp V6 is faster, and comes with four-wheel drive as standard to make the most of the extra grunt.

There's also a 2.0-litre 168bhp TDI diesel TT, which was introduced in 2008. The smooth engine has plenty of pull, so you can afford to be lazy with the gearchanges. It comes with quattro four-wheel drive as standard, but the best feature is the low 138g/km CO2 emissions.

The standard six-speed manual gearbox is slick and well matched to the engines, but the optional S-tronic semi-auto is slightly more fuel efficient and will change gear faster than you can. Some TTs also have the Magnetic Ride suspension system fitted, which can be used in Comfort or Sport settings, although the standard suspension is brilliant anyway.

All models are well equipped, with climate control, alloys, electronic stability control, curtain airbags and half-leather sports seats as standard. Metallic paint is essential for good residual values.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

The newer diesel is the most economical model, with lower emissions, and therefore cheaper road tax, and official fuel economy of 53.3mpg. Second-hand values are high, though, so you'll pay a high price for one. The 2.0-litre petrol isn't excessive, with 36.7mpg and 183g/km of CO2, and better than the V6 model, at 27.4mpg and a high 247g/km of CO2.

A service history is essential, and with cars less than three years old, it's best to stick to franchised dealers. This will cost more, but you'll reap the benefits when it's time to sell the car on. There's a good selection of quality independent garages who will care for older cars.

So far the second-generation TT is proving durable, with few reliability problems. However, it's hard to know how it will fare long-term. The original TT can become troublesome in later life.

This is a sports coupe so insurance premiums reflect that. The TT is rated at either group 17 or 18 so budget accordingly.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Owners are generally very happy with their cars, and there are few reported faults.

The leather seats can wear quickly - particularly the side bolsters of the seat base. You can help prevent excess wear by regularly applying a quality leather cream, but it can't restore the seat if it's already badly worn.

The front brakes can make a squealing noise, although it doesn't appear to reduce the brakes performance. There is no exact cause and sometimes only replacing the brake pads cures it.

A few dashboard and glovebox rattles can appear over time and the door seals can whistle and higher speeds. Poor-quality paintwork has also been reported, although it is rare.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor
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