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 has been phenomenally successful in all three of its generations. It’s been a huge success in our annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards for new cars and for used cars too, regularly picking up the Best Coupé gong without even pausing for breath.
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.
The TT’s all-turbocharged engine range is pretty straightforward. Initially, the TT came with a 1.8 TFSI petrol engine, a 2.0 TFSI petrol, a 2.5-litre V6 petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel. In time the range was updated, with new nomenclature. Now, the line-up consists of three 2.0-litre petrols – one with 194bhp (in later cars badged as 40 TFSI), another with 241bhp (latterly badged 45 TFSI), with the 302bhp version reserved for the TTS. The diesel option was available for the first few years of the car's life but was discontinued after a rapid decline of diesel sales in the coupe segment.
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.
Of the earlier engine options, even the cheapest engine in the range, the 1.8 TFSI with 178bhp, has very lively performance and is great value for money. The next one up, the 2.0-litre TFSI with 227bhp, provides a great blend of effortless performance, refinement and economy, being able to crack the 0-60mph sprint in less than 6.0sec, yet offering a claimed average fuel consumption of 45.6mpg in some trims. The higher-powered 2.0-litre TFSI engine is a belter, but it’s pricey to buy and run. The 2.5-litre V6 engine in the TT RS gives truly sensational performance – think 0-60mph in 3.7sec – but that comes at a high price. Generally, we prefer petrol-powered TTs to diesel ones, but 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 an easy-to-access boot and rear seats that fold flat.
It won’t cost a fortune to buy or run, either. Prices for the TT have always been strong, thanks to its good residual values, but its relatively modest new price means that used examples now look especially attractive.
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