Audi TT (2014) Review

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Audi TT (2014) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £33,660
Contract hire deals from £306.64 per month
Insurance Groups are between 25–45
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.

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Real MPG average for a Audi TT (2014)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

24–61 mpg

MPGs submitted

117

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What sports car can carry golf clubs?
"I am looking for a sports car that is capable of carrying golf clubs. Any recommendations? "
How about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe? It's got a surprisingly practical boot but is fun to drive. Also consider the Audi TT or, if budget allows, the latest Porsche 911.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is alloy wheel insurance worth paying for?
"I'm getting an Audi TT soon. Is alloy wheel insurance worth £350 over three years?"
It depends on the value of the wheels and how good your parking is. With the abundance of pot holes in the road, if the wheels are expensive then it's a worthwhile addition for peace of mind.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Could you suggest a powerful, practical, cheap to insure car?
"I'm looking at buying a used car to replace my current 1.0-litre runaround as I crave a bit more power. I've been looking at a 1.4 Golf GT TSI, which costs around £2500. I don't have the money yet, but I will in a couple of months. I can only find a few advertised below £3000, which is my maximum budget. It costs £1300 a year to insure with one responsible additional driver, which is actually less than I paid for my current car for the first year. My main problem is that I can't find any cars with a 0-60 of between 7-8 seconds and a top speed of around 140 mph, as well as having a decent amount of equipment and being practical (five seats, decent boot). I would buy the Golf GT now in a heartbeat if I could, but it's looking highly likely all the good ones for low price will be sold by the time I get round to being able to afford it. Do you have any alternatives?"
Avoid the model. Had the chain cam 1.4 TSI and if it's 140PS or more it had the unreliable Twincharger engine. That's why they are so cheap and why so few are for sale. Most of them have broken and weren't worth repairing. The VAG 1.8 20v 180PS engine fitted in the Audi TT, SEAT Leon 20VT and some later Golf GTI and Audi A3 are a better bet.
Answered by Honest John
Why can't I achieve real world mpg in my Porsche Macan S diesel?
"In September 2016 I bought a Porsche Macan S diesel. The claimed mpg by Porsche is 46.3. Obviously I did not expect to get anything like this but my normal experience with other cars, the last an Audi TT, is that I easily get the real world mpg figures that the motoring press claim. I am a swift driver but have high regard for my tyres and like to read the road ahead, thereby reducing the use of the brakes and fuel. Since owning the car it has done a couple of thousand miles. I measure its fuel consumption by recording the mileage and litres to refuel on a spreadsheet. However I use it, it returns 32mpg. That includes the German autobahn where I have to admit to being up to 128mph at one stage but also gently driving with the express wish to get what the motoring press appear to feel is a realistic figure of around 39. It is, for this second thousand miles, on Porsche supplied snow tyres although there is no snow. Could there be a reason, other than my driving, why the fuel consumption is so much lower than that normally achieved? "
I don't know what you mean by "the motoring press claim". The Real MPG average for the Macan S Diesel is 37mpg: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/porsche/macan-2014/ This is the average of all submissions of Macan S Diesel MPGs by real drivers to our databank. You will do slightly better than you are doing on Shell V-Power Nitro Plus diesel because its higher cetane gives you more torque at low rpm so driving normally the 7-speed longitudinal s-tronic will shift up earlier in the rev range.
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