Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
We reckon the entry-level 40 TFSI makes the most sense – it keeps the TT's price and running costs reasonable yet is still pretty nippy. Despite being the cheapest model in the range, it comes with the S tronic automatic gearbox as standard.
However, if you want faster acceleration, the more powerful 45 TFSI is definitely worth a look. If you're choosing this engine, though, we'd advise going for four-wheel drive (quattro), because it helps transfer the extra power to the road more effectively – especially in slippery conditions.
Equipment, options and extras
We’d go for entry-level Sport trim on the regular TT, which gets you air-conditioning, faux suede and leather seats, xenon headlights, 18in alloy wheels, and cruise control. S line trim isn’t necessarily worth the extra unless you value the sportier styling it brings, although it does add automatic LED headlights.
Whichever of those trims you choose, though, we'd recommend adding the Plus Package to get climate control and privacy glass.
Black Edition and Vorsprung trims, particularly the latter, are very expensive and only worth a look is you're real true hedonist. That applies not only to the regular TT, but also the more powerful TTS.
Audi doesn’t usually fare particularly well in What Car? Reliability Surveys, and 2019 was no different – the German brand 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 stars out of five when safety tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015; this was a relatively disappointing showing and largely came because the TT isn't available with automatic emergency braking. It's also worth noting that Euro NCAP's tests are more stringent now than they were back then.
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 (standard on range-topping Vorsprung trim) 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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