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Audi TT review - design and improved dynamics make the new TT a tempting package
The Audi TT Coupe is now into its third-generation and, to drive, it’s the best yet. Although built on the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, it retains the Audi Space Frame aluminium and steel hybrid construction of the previous models and, as you would expect, is lighter, more efficient and faster than before.
While the latest design update might be a bit conservative (from the outside, at least), the interior is by far one of the best put together of any road car currently on sale. As ever, it's a car that is just as much about style as it is driving dynamics and while more affordable models struggle to live up to their sporty looks, it's hard to deny that it isn't a desirable package.
The seperation between entry level diesel and front-wheel drive petrol models is significant when compared with the range-topping TTS. Both are clearly designed to offer up the idea of an exciting drive, but in reality it's only really the TTS with its 306bhp, that comes close. The 2.0-litre 227bhp TFSI will likely be enough for most TT drivers, but it lacks a lot of the dynamic excitement that a front wheel drive hot hatch might bring, despite its looks.
We had the opportunity to drive the TTS at the Ascari circuit. Completely un-prompted, the Audi test driver that was on hand suggested that we put the TTS into Auto rather than Dynamic mode. We showed her what we’d done with the dampers in the Individual settings and this got an even bigger thumbs-up. Clearly we’re not the only ones that think the car is better when not completely tied down.
Audi TT video
‘The TT has frequently performed reasonably well in evo group tests and, although it’s never been adored for its dynamics, neither has it been abhorred. Nevertheless, it was the cool, curvy shape that sold it to people originally, and, along with the allure of the four-ringed badge, I suspect it is still the TT’s looks that seal most of the deals to this day.’
Henry Catchpole, Features Editor, evo
Ride and Handling > Multiple driver modes and the ability to tweak the minutest detail of the car’s driving dynamics means it’s hard to find an ideal setup. We suggest leaving everything in dynamic, apart from the dampers which do better in comfort. Read all about Audi TT ride and handling here
Prices, specs and rivals > Prices for the TT start at £30,000, but the car does come with a lot of niceties as standard, including the impressive digital dash. Competition is fierce, with the BMW M235i and entry level Porsche Cayman both encroaching on the TT’s territory. Read all about Audi TT prices, specs and rivals here