Review: Audi TT (2014)
Sharper design with R8 styling cues. Superb interior. Improved handling. Economical range of engines.
Firm ride. Adults will struggle to fit into the rear seats.
Audi TT (2014): At A Glance
- New prices start from £28,855, brokers can source from £26,552
- Contract hire deals from £250.69 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 25–42
- On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
Few cars can match the all-round appeal of the Audi TT as a sporty coupe. Lighter, faster and more economical than ever before, the third-generation TT coupe builds on the success of the previous models with a new chassis, updated engines and a radical 'virtual' cabin.
The exterior of the Audi is undeniably TT and carries the familiar coupe lines, with a sculpted bonnet, rounded wheelarches and a sloping rear end. However, the third-generation model does get some styling tweaks, inspired by the R8, with larger side air intakes, razor sharp headlights and a new six corner grille.
The third-generation TT coupe also gets a fresh new cabin, which includes Audi's innovative virtual cockpit. The 'virtual' system replaces the traditional instrument cluster, behind the steering wheel, with a 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD screen that lets the driver choose from a number of display configurations.
The interior also has a number of nice touches, such as two-tone colour styling and turbine style air vents, which feature integrated control and display for the heating, air con and heated seats. This means the cabin is a pleasant and comfortable place to be, with a supportive set of sport seats and plenty of room. But, like the old TT, the rear seats are tiny and not much use for adults.
As well as a revised platform, Audi has updated the engines with a range of four-cylinder engines, which consist of two petrols and one diesel. The 2.0 TDI comes as a front-wheel drive, but returns impressive economy with Audi claiming 67.3mpg.
The 2.0-litre petrol range starts with the 230PS unit, linked to front-wheel drive. The engine is also available with quattro four-wheel drive. Like the diesel, the front-wheel drive TT uses a six-speed manual transmission, while the petrol quattro has a six-speed S tronic automatic. There's also a performance focused TTS which uses the uprated 2.0-litre petrol with 310PS.
The TT feels a little sharper than its predecessor, with improved steering and power delivery. In fact, in our view, the Audi TT is one of the best sports coupes on the market. Admittedly, it’s more expensive, but there are big improvements in standard equipment and we think it easily justifies the extra cost.
What does a Audi TT (2014) cost?
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Audi TT (2014): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 305–712 litres
Like many cars in the Audi range, the TT benefits from an excellent cabin, with an intelligent design and practical layout. All of the materials have a high quality feel and everything appears to have been bolted together with a sense of longevity, with solid switchgear and soft touch materials throughout.
The third-generation Audi TT also gets a 'virtual cockpit' as standard, with the system replacing the traditional instrument cluster in front of the driver with a 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD screen. As a result, all of the in-car functions are displayed on the instrument binnacle, which lets the driver access Bluetooth, media or the optional navigation via the steering wheel mounted controls.
In fact, the virtual system comes into its own with the navigation system, the foreground doubling up as a map, which makes it a lot easier to follow directions as the driver doesn't have to constantly look away from the road to see the route.
Admittedly, the system takes a little acclimatisation, but after an hour we found its use to be second nature, with a number of nice customisation options for the display of speed and rev counter. This means you can choose between sporty or standard displays.
With the infotainment neatly stored in the instrument binnacle, the Audi TT dashboard is a lot cleaner. We like the two tone styling and turbine style air vents, which feature integrated controls and display for the air conditioning and heated seats.
On the downside, with no central display, the front passenger is no longer able to browse the radio station lists or media, but we think this is a small price to pay for an attractive dash.
There's also plenty of head and leg room for both the driver and front passenger, with sports seats fitted as standard. Both are manually adjustable, finished with a high quality leather and cloth combination, but if you go for an S line model you will get full leather and electric seats included, with lumbar support and memory functions.
However, the Audi TT coupe should only be considered as a two seater. For sure, there are a set of seats in the back, but they're extremely small and even children will find it cramped for long trips.
On the plus side, Audi has enlarged the TT's boot which is now 305 litres - 13 litres more than the old model - that can be extended to 712 litres should you flatten the rear seats. Not only does this mean you can carry decent sized suit cases, but the TT will also swallow a set of golf clubs, which makes it surprisingly practical.
Sport gets 18-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, heated door mirrors, manual air con, a retractable rear spoiler, Audi drive select with five driving modes, Audi virtual cockpit, MMI control system for infotainment, keyless start, sport seats finished in part leather and a first aid kit.
S line has 19-inch five arm design alloy wheels, light and rain sensors, sports seats finished in black leather, S line badges, Led headlights, LED indicator lights and S line bumpers.
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What's the Audi TT (2014) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.8 TFSI 180 to TTS 2.0 TFSI 310 quattro S tronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 24–61 mpg
The Audi TT coupe feels very much like its predecessor, with smooth, stable handling and plenty of grip in the corners. Admittedly, the ride is on the hard side, even on basic 18-inch wheels, but the TT is comfortable enough for long trips, with the ride settling down on motorways and dual carriageways.
There are three four-cylinder engines available - one diesel and two petrols - with the economical headliner being the 2.0-litre TDI. Limited to front-wheel drive only, the diesel returns some impressive numbers with Audi claiming 67.3mpg and 110g/km of CO2, which means it is one of the most frugal engines you can get in a sports coupe.
The diesel also packs a punch, with 184PS and 380Nm of torque, which means it will sprint from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds. However, the 2.0 TDI is also content with general motoring duties, thanks to its refined nature, with bags of torque and minimal diesel clatter. The six-speed manual gearbox is slick too, thanks to short and precise changes and well weighted ratios, which let the driver push along urban roads in high gears.
The 2.0-litre TFSI engine range starts with the 230PS unit, with 370Nm of torque, available with either front-wheel or quattro four-wheel drive. Both set ups work well, with the quattro system giving a stronger footing in the corners and the TT feels notably more alive with the petrol option. Obviously, the frugal diesel will tempt many buyers, but if you can live with the reduced economy, the 230PS petrol would be our choice, with quattro four-wheel drive.
Economy for the front-wheel drive petrol is a claimed 47.9mpg and emissions are 137g/km of CO2. However, fit the quattro four-wheel drive system, and the economy numbers diminish to 44.1mpg and 149g/km of CO2. Like the diesel, a six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard to front-wheel drive models, while the quattro uses the six-speed S tronic automatic, which is our preferred choice.
There's also a performance focused TTS, which uses the uprated 2.0-litre petrol with 310PS, available with the choice of manual or automatic transmissions. The TTS has 380Nm of torque and provides strong, sports car rivalling performance, with a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds.
Indeed, the TTS is impressive, with solid, predictable handling and a good turn of pace, that will easily leave most hot hatches standing at the traffic lights. However, the ride is notably harder, with 19-inch wheels fitted as standard. The TTS is also not a sports car. For sure, it's quick in a straight line, but push it hard in the corners and you'll find the coupe struggles to cope with sudden and hard changes in direction.
However, for general spirted driving, the TT and TTS are more than apt for the task, with stable handling at high speed and plenty of feedback through the steering wheel. TTS and S line trim models also gets Audi magnetic dampers, which improve handling and stiffen then ride.
Audi’s Drive Select system is also standard across the range with five modes – auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency and individual – which modify the throttle response, steering and shift speeds on the S tronic gearbox. The system will also adjust the four-wheel drive system on quattro models, which lets the driver modify the torque distribution or instruct it to reduce to front-wheel drive to save fuel - a first for the Audi TT.
The Audi TT also gets progressive steering, which adjusts the weighting according to your speed and how hard you turn the wheel. This means the steering always feels engaging at speed, but light and easy when it comes to low speed manoeuvres, such as parking.
|1.8 TFSI 180||47 mpg||6.9 s||138 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 180 S tronic||48 mpg||7.0 s||133 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184||60–63 mpg||7.1 s||110–117 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184 quattro S tronic||52 mpg||6.7 s||142 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||46 mpg||6.0 s||137–141 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||43–44 mpg||5.3 s||149–153 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||43 mpg||5.3 s||153 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||44 mpg||5.9 s||146–150 g/km|
|40 TFSI S tronic||-||-||138 g/km|
|45 TFSI||-||-||150 g/km|
|45 TFSI quattro S tronic||-||-||161 g/km|
|45 TFSI S tronic||-||-||148–161 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI 310 quattro||39 mpg||-||168 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI 310 quattro S tronic||41 mpg||-||159 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro||39 mpg||4.9 s||164–168 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||41 mpg||4.6 s||157–161 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Audi TT (2014)
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