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Audi TT

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Summary


The original Audi TT certainly turned heads when it first launched in 1998, the distinctive and stylish small sports car immediately finding a big fan base, particularly here in the UK. It has always been sold in two versions, either as a 2+2 coupé or as a two-seater roadster with a folding fabric roof.

The current model is the third generation, launched in 2014 and mildly facelifted in 2019. However the TT’s days are numbered, with Audi confirming in 2019 that it will be replaced by another sports car “in the next few years.”

According to reviewers the Audi TT has always flattered to deceive, but the latest version is a far more accomplished drive than its predecessors.

While Evo says that on launch “its Bauhaus style and design cleverness made 90% of the car market look stale and uninteresting,” they add that on the road “it always played the understudy to sports car rivals.”

Top Gear adds; “the Audi TT is a safe, almost sensible coupé that’s always been a decent drive but a long way from heroic levels of sporting ability.”

Testers agree that the current model is the best TT in terms of road manners, no matter which of the current engine range is chosen. These comprise petrol units of 197 or 245hp, the latter with quattro all-wheel-drive, while there are also more potent S and RS versions with 320 or 400hp.

Inside the TT earns praise for its quality and surprising practicality, as well as the way the dash is focused around the driver. “The interior feels a little sparse but you can’t fault the quality of it,” says The Car Expert, while carwow offers “the TT’s interior looks absolutely fantastic and comes with lots of neat features.” However several add that the coupe’s rear seats are small and cramped.

As of August 2021, the Audi TT currently holds an Expert Rating of 78% based on 46 reviews. Scores from reviewers have ranged from middling to outstanding, with consumer titles tending to score it higher than enthusiast titles.

Audi TT highlights

  • Sharp, distinctive styling
  • Top-quality interior
  • Confident road manners

Audi TT lowlights

  • Not particularly sporty to drive
  • Rear seats cramped
  • Quite pricey
  • Days are numbered

Key specifications


Body style: Small coupé and roadster
Engines: petrol
Price: From £32,460 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2014
Last updated: Autumn 2019
Replacement due: N/A


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

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Daily Mirror

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Eurekar

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: February 2015

81%

ADULT OCCUPANT

68%

CHILD OCCUPANT

82%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

64%

SAFETY ASSIST

The Audi TT was crash-tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 when it was first launched, being awarded a four-star rating. Testers particularly noted its performance in side impact tests, scoring maximum points in impacts against a barrier and the more severe side pole test. It does not, however, have autonomous emergency braking.  

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Audi TT has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the TT is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi TT has received

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé
  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Used Coupé

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé

2017

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé

2016

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Coupé
  • DieselCar Awards – Best Sports Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Coupé

2014

  • Top Gear Magazine Awards – Best Coupé

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi TT, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Alpine A110 | BMW Z4 | Mazda MX-5 | Mercedes-Benz SLC | Porsche 718 Boxster | Porsche 718 Cayman | Subaru BRZ | Toyota GT86

The Audi TT Coupe and Roadster face a number of rivals – prime challengers are the Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster, as is the BMW Z4, while at the bottom end the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ and even the Mazda MX-5 come into the reckoning. A serious new contender is the Alpine A110, while the long-lasting Mercedes-Benz SLC will also tempt those looking at the soft-top Audi.

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