Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI Sport07 | 01 | 2011Scotcars rating

    Just when you thought Audi's cracking TT couldn't get any better ... it has


    The Audi TT created a storm when it first appeared in the late Nineties; it was one of those cars you either loved or hated. Its design was certainly dramatic and marked the beginning of Audi’s assault on the conventional market, a campaign they’ve continued with great success throughout the entire model range.

    The latest version is the best yet, bringing together subtle design changes over the years which have resulted in the car looking much more significant on the road and clearly related to its bigger and beefier brothers.

    It’s still very much a two-door coupe and in all honesty it’s not that practical as a family car, with little or no space in the rear seats for even small adults and a challenge for a contortionist to install child seats. But hey, if all you want is carrying space, you should buy a Transit. If you want a stylish set of wheels and performance to enjoy, then the TT is a great car and, like every other Audi, it oozes quality.    

    On the road

    The test car was a Sport version but without the brilliant Quattro four-wheel-drive. That adds about three grand to the price but returns superb roadholding and more positive response, but the Sport was pretty good too on a mix of suburban and motorway driving. The new two-litre engine with 211PS of power is a nifty unit and is now 14% more efficient than the outgoing version, returning an extra 8mpg. CO2 is also lower and yet it hands back really satisfying performance, helped by the Sport button which used to be available only on the RS.

    That alters the throttle response, the steering servo assistance and probably most importantly of all, improves the engine note. This car enjoys being driven with enthusiasm and I loved the way it relished zipping up through the gears with some firm action on the right foot.    

    Comfort & Safety

    It’s a performance car built for someone who enjoys getting a thrill out of everyday driving, but it is still superbly comfortable. It fits like a glove ... unless you happen to be a rear seat passenger, with a firm but secure ride and crisp controls that fall easily to hand.

    The latest subtle changes to the styling make it even more of a looker on the streets and the £3500 of extras on the test car certainly made life just that little bit better.

    Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are a good investment at £725, and for £450 you get the light and rain sensor package which means you don’t have to worry about putting on the wipers, switching on the lights or adjusting the mirror when you’re dazzled from behind. The 18 inch, five arm alloy wheels on the test car looked good, but they will set you back £1,250.

    Should I buy one?

    Yes, go on, you know you want to, but go the whole hog and get the Quattro.

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    Alan Douglas

    Quick Stats
    Price OTR/As Tested £27,130 / £30,715
    Engine / Power: 1984cc / 211PS
    How fast?: 0-62mph 6.1secs,  Max 152mph
    How big/heavy?: H1353mm W1842mm L4187mm / 1360kg
    How thirsty/CO2?: Combined 42.8mpg / CO2 154g/km
    InsGP/Road tax: 20 / Band G £155
    Alternatives: Alfa Romeo Brera; Porsche Cayman; Nissan 370Z

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