Why buy the Audi TT?
If you’re looking for a stylish coupe or convertible that’s fun to drive, yet comfortable and surprisingly practical, the Audi TT could be just the ticket. The TT gives you all the quality and tech you expect of an Audi and there are versions to suit a range of tastes and budgets, from more cost-effective options to some very fast and sporty models.
Audi TT range and updates
The latest version of the Audi TT was introduced in 2014 and was updated in 2019 with upgrades to its engines and tech alongside a few subtle design changes.
You can get the TT as a four-seat coupe with a hatchback or a two-seat convertible called the TT Roadster. You’ll find used examples with petrol or diesel engines, manual or automatic gearboxes and front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (which Audi calls Quattro). There are six trim levels to choose from and in addition to ‘regular’ TT models, there’s also the high-performance, 300bhp TTS and the extremely fast TT RS.
The current TT is the third-generation model and it’ll be the last since production is scheduled to end in 2023.
Audi TT tech and features
All TT models are well-equipped with features including a touchscreen infotainment system, air con, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a digital driver’s display. You can also find models with sat nav, leather seats and a powerful Bang & Olufsen stereo.
Audi TT running costs and value
The TT and even the high-performance TT RS cost less to run than you might expect for sporty cars. According to official figures, models with a petrol engine can give average fuel economy of 31mpg to 47mpg, diesels can give 52mpg to 60mpg.
Looking at carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, petrol engines are rated at 138g/km to 201g/km, diesels at 124g/km to 142g/km. That translates to a low-ish annual vehicle excise duty (car tax) on most models. However, be aware models that cost more than £40,000 when new will incur an extra VED charge during their first to six years.
The TT generally costs less than its premium-brand rivals, so it’s pretty good value.
Audi TT vs rivals
Other coupe or convertible cars that offer qualities similar to the TT include the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLC, Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman. Compared with these cars the TT might not offer quite the same dramatic looks but it’s an excellent all-rounder and most versions are much more cost-effective.