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Used Audi TT long-term test review

The Audi TT will soon be no more, so is now the time for early examples to become revered modern classics? Let's find out...

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The car 1999 Audi TT 1.8T 225 quattro 

Run by Max Adams - Used cars reporter

Why it’s here To find out if the once popular TT early is something to invest in

Needs to Provide practical daily transport without costly repairs 

Mileage 129,582 List price new £26,800 Price new with options N/A Value now £4000 (est) Test economy 32.9mpg Official economy 29.7mpg (NEDC)

17 February 2021 – fuelling debate

Some of you may have taken a look at the official economy figure for my well-used Audi TT and been shocked by how low it is compared with what you’d expect of a 1.8-litre car made today – I know I was.

That, I guess, is what 20 years of progress gets you, although I will say the number for the TT is at least a lot more achievable than the sort of economy figures posted for similar cars to this TT before the revised, and far more accurate, WLTP figures came into being. 

LT Audi TT empty fuel

I’ve certainly been able to exceed those numbers, although that has a lot to do with the greater efficiency you’d expect if most of your driving is motorway based and at a constant speed. 

I was a little miffed to find that a friend of mine is getting better numbers out of their Mini Cooper S, although I like to think this has something to do with the fact that the speedometer in my TT underreports by about 5mph. So when I'm travelling at 60mph, I'm actually doing 65mph and therefore using more fuel. At least, that's the story I'm sticking to.

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