2018 Audi TTS Coupe verdict

We've long been fans of the Audi TTS, a car that's just had a midlife facelift. We find out what it’s like to drive in its spiritual home, the Isle of Man...

2018 Audi TTS Coupe verdict

These days, with the current rate of automotive development, by the time most cars require a ‘midlife’ refresh they’re already behind the curve, over the hill and past their prime (delete as appropriate). So that's why Audi should take it as a compliment when we say that the TT didn’t feel like it needed much of a refresh – something we suspect the brand is already aware of, seeing that the changes for 2019 are, even by Audi standards, relatively minor.

However, small changes or not, the combination of a new gearbox and that extra slug of low-down torque does accentuate a package that, as a day-to-day proposition, is still unrivalled in the coupé class. Of course, we still wish it was a little more engaging to drive, but it’s important not to forget that there is real dynamic capability beneath the TTS.

Ultimately, the story in the coupé class goes unchanged. If all-weather performance is a priority, the TTS will appeal. But if you want a more immersive and thrilling driving experience, the Cayman is still the go-to choice.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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