Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The TT uses a 2.0-litre, petrol engine that’s offered in three power outputs, of which our pick is the entry-level 40 TFSI. It produces 194bhp and pulls strongly from low revs, with more than enough mid-range grunt for quick overtakes. 0-62mph takes 6.6 seconds – fast enough to worry smaller hot hatches, such as the Ford Fiesta ST.
The extra power of the 242bhp 45 TFSI is mostly found at the top of the rev range, so it doesn’t feel that much faster than the 40 TFSI in most driving situations. However, while the 40 TFSI is front-wheel drive only, you can add quattro four-wheel drive to the 45 TFSI; it brings extra traction for cleaner launches, even in slippery conditions. The 45 TFSI engine is the only one that's available with a six-speed manual gearbox (the rest use a seven-speed dual-clutch auto as standard), which may add to the appeal if you're an old-school driving enthusiast.
The TTS itself plays second fiddle to the TT RS, which we've reviewed separately. It’s the one you'll want if you're really after the ultimate in TT performance , thanks to its 395bhp, five-cylinder engine.
Suspension and ride comfort
Sport models have a suspension setup that delivers a firm but generally comfortable ride, and even the optional sports suspension (standard on S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung trims) isn't too bumpy.
Both suspensions can be a little jarring over motorway expansion joints or particularly intrusive drain covers, but this is a sporty coupe, not a luxury limo, after all. Add big wheels (up to 20in are available), though, and you’ll feel every imperfection in the road, so it’s worth resisting the temptation to do so if you value comfort over sporty looks.