What's the used Audi TT coupe like?
Although it’s not always true that things improve with age, the Audi TT seems to prove that some cars actually do. It’s been consistently ahead of its rivals for many years now and is currently our best used coupe award winner because it has a great range of engines to suit all budgets and tastes, maintains a level of practicality often missing in this category of car, and you can pick an early one for significanty less than it was new and nobody would know the difference because the styling has barely altered since it arrived in 2014.
The TT’s all-turbocharged engine range is pretty straightforward. Initially, the TT came with a 178bhp 1.8 TFSI petrol engine, a 227bhp 2.0 TFSI petrol (306bhp in the TTS), a 395bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol exclusive to the TT RS, or a 181bhp 2.0 TDI diesel with or without four-wheel drive. In 2019 the range was updated, with the diesel being dropped and a new nomenclature introduced. Now, the line-up consists of three 2.0-litre petrols – one with 194bhp badged as 40 TFSI, another with 241bhp called 45 TFSI, with the TTS name remaining but with a drop in output to 302bhp. The TT RS carried on much as before.
Trims for the standard models are either Sport or sporty S line. Sport gets air-con, Alcantara seats, xenon headlights, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. S line adds LED headlights. Whichever trim you find, try to find a car that’s had climate control, front parking sensors or sat-nav added, as these were optional when new.
This third-gen car merely builds on the sound foundations established by the first two: it’s amazingly agile, with some strong engine options, and is fast in a straight line and quick in corners. It’s easy to drive, too, and refined at low speeds, and the whole car feels solid and durable; indeed, it’s the classy feel of the TT that really separates it from its nearest rivals.
Of the earlier engine options, even the smallest 1.8 TFSI engine has very lively performance and is great value for money. The next one up, the 2.0-litre TFSI, provides a great blend of effortless performance, refinement and economy, being able to crack the 0-60mph sprint in less than 6.0sec. The higher-powered 2.0-litre TFSI engine in the TTS is a belter, but it’s pricey to buy and run. The TT RS gives truly sensational performance – think 0-60mph in 3.7sec – but it's actually very heavy for what it is and isn't much fun in the corners. Alternatively, the 2.0 TDI engine is punchy, economical and surprisingly refined, and makes a good used buy.
Its interior has a high-tech and user-friendly layout, even if it doesn’t seem quite as ground-breaking now as the original TT’s did back in 1999, and it’s made from sumptuous materials that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury car.
It’s even pretty practical with plenty of space for those up front and a decent number of storage cubbies. Adults won't be able to fit in the back without those in front moving their seats forward and even then, they won't be able to sit up straight due to the low roofline. The boot, however, is easy to access boot via a large rear hatch door and the back seats fold flat to increase capacity.
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