Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The TT is a premium coupe and therefore commands a premium price tag. However, it’s important to remember that every TT comes fairly well equipped and every engine offers strong performance. And, while discounts are fairly small, the TT will hold on to its value far better than most of its rivals. Impressive fuel economy also helps keep your running costs low. Company car drivers will be disappointed by the absence of a diesel option, though.
The TTS is a slightly different story: It uses more fuel than any other version and its road tax, insurance and service costs are befitting of a car with its level of performance.
Equipment, options and extras
We’d go for entry-level Sport trim, which comes with air conditioning, Alcantara suede and leather seats, xenon headlights, 18in alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB socket and a DAB radio. S line trim isn’t necessarily worth the extra unless you value the sportier styling it brings, although it adds automatic LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers. It does offer the Sport suspension as a no-cost option, though, if that’s your preference.
Whichever trim you choose, climate control and front parking sensors cost extra, while sat-nav is also an expensive (but worthwhile) option.
As a brand, Audi doesn’t usually fare that well in our What Car? Reliability Surveys, and unfortunately 2019 was no different: Audi finished 20th out of 31 manufacturers. The TT itself didn’t fare particularly well either; it beat the Ford Mustang but finished behind the BMW 2 Series Coupe in the rankings.
However, Audi’s standard three-year warranty is valid for unlimited mileage in the first two years (a 60,000 mile limit applies in the third), plus three years of UK roadside assistance and recovery. A four or five-year warranty can also be added from the extensive options list, for that extra piece of mind.
Safety and security
The TT received four out of five stars in EuroNCAP safety tests back in 2015 and the organisation’s procedures are more stringent now than they were then. A fifth star eluded the TT due to an absence of automatic emergency braking. Adult and pedestrian protection scores are decently high, but child protection scores are middling.
Every TT comes with four airbags as standard, along with a ‘secondary collision assist’ system that helps to stop the car as soon as possible after a crash. Optional kit includes a blindspot warning system.
Meanwhile, security experts at Thatcham awarded the car five out of five for its resistance to being stolen and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into. Every version comes with an alarm.
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