By any measure, finding a sports car that's stylish, powerful, good to drive and loaded with kit yet won't cost the Earth to run is a tall order – but the Audi TT is able to fulfil it all the same. While the original TT wasn't brilliant to drive, in its latest form the TT is a true five-star contender, and we rate it considerably higher than key rivals such as the Peugeot RCZ and Nissan 370Z.
Granted, the TT's small rear seats hamper its practicality, but we've been impressed by its smart interior and brilliant handling. Strong resale values mean you should get more of your money back than you would with rivals when it comes to selling, too.
Our recommended Sport trim gets you air conditioning, leather seats, 18in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio, but we'd also suggest adding a few choice options to make the most of the TT – so here's what we'd choose.
Audi TT options
With a price tag of £1495, Audi's Technology Pack might seem a little steep, but its upgrades help to make the most of the TT's 12.3in virtual instrument cluster. The pack gets you sat-nav with real-time traffic information, an upgraded stereo, a hard drive to store your music, a second Bluetooth connection and a wireless charger for your phone. If you're planning to use the TT as a daily car, this upgrade makes a lot of sense.
Upgrading the TT's air conditioning to climate control also gets you neat dials that display the temperature and settings on small digital readouts in the centre of the air vents, looking suitably futuristic. And at £495, climate control is an inexpensive upgrade.
The Comfort and Sound Pack gets you plenty of equipment that will be useful if you'll be using the TT as a daily car. For £1295, you get heated front seats, front parking sensors (rear sensors are standard), hill-hold assistance and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Metallic paint is always a useful addition to help your car stand out, so we'd recommend looking at one of Audi's nine available colours. Metallic paint will cost you £550, but you can upgrade to crystal or solid paintwork, or even choose a bespoke colour for your car. Be warned, though, that the cost rockets to £2400 for the most expensive options.
Wheels of up to 20in in diameter are available on the TT and will cost you £550, but while they add sporty looks, they also harm your ride comfort – meaning you'll end up feeling more bumps in the road. We'd stick with smaller options if you possibly can.
If you opt for the convertible TT Roadster, we'd recommend adding the retractable wind deflector (£425), which helps to reduce draughts inside the car. It could be especially useful for making sure your hairdo stays in one piece.
The door mirror (£280) pack offers auto-dimming on the driver’s side, as well as being adjustable, folding and heated. This options also includes an automatic kerb-view on the passenger side when you select reverse.
Audi TT – our recommendation
Model: 2.0 TFSI Sport List price: £31,685 Target Price: £29,144 Options we'd choose: Technology Pack (£1495), Comfort and Sound Pack (£1295), deluxe air conditioning (£495), metallic paint (£550), Door Mirror Pack (£280) Cost of recommended options: £4115
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