Used car of the week: Audi TT

* Mk2 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo from £15,290 * What Car?'s coupe of the year seven times * Quality interior, refined drive...

Used car of the week: Audi TT

The third generation of the Audi TT has arrived in the UK and we gave the new 2.0 TDI Ultra five stars on a recent test-drive in the Scottish Highlands.

However, we were also huge fans of the Mk2 TT, a car we named our coupe of the year for seven years.

It's stylish, sporty and bags of fun, which is why it's our used car of the week.

Ideal model Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport
Prices from £15,290

Why should I buy a used TT?

Sublime handling and plenty of pace, the superbly built coupe is an accomplished sports car that’s reliable and comfortable enough for every day use.

The aluminium chassis and bodywork makes it lighter than the previous generation, but it’s got more room on the inside. This extra room makes it slightly more practical, although the rear seats are still only really suitable for children.

There are quality materials throughout the interior and the cabin feels solid and durable.

The TT also holds its value very well, so while there may be cheaper used coupes on the market, the Mk2 TT will return a decent sum if you sell it in a few years.

Which model should I choose?

The 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is our pick of the range. It’s more alert than the V6 and sounds great.

Standard equipment is generous in all models. Climate control, alloys, electronic stability control, curtain airbags and half-leather sports seats are all standard.

How much should I pay?

A budget of around £15,000 can get you a 2011 model of our favourite TT with 30,000 miles on the clock.

If your budget is a bit smaller, then £9400 will get you an ’07/07 2.0 TFSI 200 that's done 70,000 miles.

What problems should I look out for?

Poor-quality paintwork has been reported, so check the finish before buying

Electric windows in models only a few years old have been known to wear out, check both windows thoroughly

Faulty door seals have caused whistling at high speeds, look out for it on the test drive

The side bolsters of leather seats can wear out quickly; be sure to check them