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Audi coupe fun and fashion to a TT

PUBLISHED: 06:08 14 October 2015

Audi TT Coupe's driving dyanamics live up to the promise of its edgy looks.

Audi TT Coupe's driving dyanamics live up to the promise of its edgy looks.

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Audi’s third take on its hugely-popular TT promises better efficiency, a more sporty driving experience and some clever new technology, says Matt Joy.

Driving delight

Since the first generation Audi TT appeared in 1999 it’s been the choice of the fashion-conscious, but it took until the second model in 2005 before the driving experience could match its looks.

The third generation moves the TT forward in a significant way. Like the previous model it uses a mix of aluminium and high-strength steels to keep the weight down, yet it’s 50kg lighter. It also debuts what Audi terms the ‘virtual cockpit’ – a large display screen where the instruments would normally be. Add to that a new exterior, interior and refreshed engines and there’s plenty to take in.

Audi TT Coupe

Price: Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI Sport £29,915 (range from £27,150)

Engine: 2.0-litre, 227bhp, four-cylinder turbo petrol

Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox driving front wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 6.0 seconds; top speed 155mph (limited)

MPG: 46.3 combined

CO2 emissions: 141g/km

Looks and image

You’d be forgiven for thinking the latest TT is barely changed but it’s broader in the shoulder and more edgy, particularly the front with the mean six-sided grille and vertical LEDs in the headlights to match the R15 Le Mans racer, but the unique curved roof stays.

Space and practicality

Inside the focus is clearly on those up front. The virtual cockpit means an uncluttered dashboard, and there’s plenty of clever thinking. The air vents house the controls for the air con itself, while the instrument display is crystal clear and informative.

Front passengers have good space for head and legs and the boot is 13 litres larger, but the rear seats remain the domain of children or very short adults.

Behind the wheel

There’s 227bhp and 306bhp 2.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol and 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI Ultra turbo diesel. The lower-output petrol is likely to be most popular with a good balance between performance and efficiency.

It can hit 62mph in six seconds, half a second quicker if you go for quattro four-wheel-drive and the S tronic gearbox, yet offers 39.2mpg combined. There’s a pleasing gruffness to the exhaust when you rev it but it is quiet and refined when cruising.

With standard suspension the TT fractionally prioritises comfort over ultimate handling but for everyday use it’s judged very well with neat handling and strong grip while doing a fine job of soaking up bumps.

Value for money

All versions get the clever virtual cockpit, touchpad multimedia interface (MMI) control system, keyless go and the Audi Drive Select system, leather and Alcantara sports seats, 18in alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights but you pay extra for sat-nav and fully automatic climate control.

Who would buy one?

Fashion-conscious buyers will be happy to be seen stepping out of it, but now keener drivers can get excited too. It’s not the ultimate sports car but it’s sharp enough and sufficiently good fun to keep most drivers very happy.

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