I have driven this car for a year now.... I love it as much as the day I picked it up
The running costs are slightly steep (Audi know how to charge) but the drive, style and looks make up for that
For a price of £21,000 I would have liked a few cabin extras such as fingertip CD control, fitted sat-nav etc but again I will, and have lived, without those items.
For new buyers' information, I have just put four new tyres on the car costing £600 - not too bad I guess.
In conclusion, a car I'm in love with. It does what I ask of it, it doesn't answer back and goes like a train.. Why get married?
I have owned the car now for two weeks and bought it nearly new from an approved Audi dealer (it had done 10,000 miles).
I have loved the look of the TT ever since it arrived on our roads back in 1999 and yet six years on there still isn't a better-looking car to drive. The exterior is matched by the finely crafted interior, and it is such a pleasure to drive.
The car is excellent for the city because it's quick of the blocks and the handling iss so responsive it makes jumping from lane to lane easy and safe. Motorway driving is just as pleasurable, although I sense the car isn't particualry happy to be held back at 70mph or 80mph. Nonetheless, it's still comfortable and the 225bhp delivers easy overtaking at speeds in excess of 70mph.
If you buy one you will not regret it.
I test drove a few different cars before opting for the 190 (non-quattro - it's lighter and more fuel-efficient). I've had the car for three months and love it.
Sure, the RX-8 goes like a rocket, but I tested both the 189, and 231 and it was only the 231 which really made me smile. When you calculate total cost of ownership for either RX-8, it's astronomical due to the fuel consumption (and I'm doing up to 600 miles per week). The BMW Z4 has some very weak models and you have to pay significantly more to get the same performance as the TT 190.
So all in all, in spite of the fact that there are a few TTs around, it was not only the sensible option, but happily also the aesthetic option. The styling is, in my opinion, not going to age much (I put it up with the ageless 911 for potential longevity) and the interior is superb.
The performance of this model is perhaps not blistering, but it does exactly what I want when I want it, and because I don't tend to race people at the lights I am more than happy with the pace. Fuel economy is very good, too (34-38 mpg), depending on how heavy my foot is.
So, if you can find a better all-round deal for a little over £21,000, let me know, because I couldn't!
I still smile when I get into this car. I still smile when I drive it. Whether on the straight, round a near hair-pin bend, wet or dry, the car is glued to the road. I have not experienced such grip and confidence in a car until now.
You enter a sharp corner at speed and immediately the quattro system lends an unobtrusive hand and the car comes out of it and says: "yeah....and?" Power is very smooth and there's very little turbo lag.
Running costs are good for the drive you get in return. The only downside is that the rear seats are pointless, but then this is no family car. You want to be on your own when you drive this car anyway! The 225 is the one to go for. Residual values are high so expect to pay highly for it.
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