Review: Audi TT (2006 – 2014)
Enjoyable to drive. Nicely detailed cabin. Impressive engines. Frugal TDI available. TTS is a great performance car. Very few reported problems over seven years.
Rear seats pointless for passengers. V6 is thirsty and not worth the extra. Loses a star because of coking up and oil consumption problems with early EA288 engines.
Audi TT (2006 – 2014): At A Glance
With its sharper styling the second Audi TT has shaken off the rather 'soft' image of the original and taken on a more aggressive look. But these changes aren't just on the outside. It is also more rewarding to drive with great handling and tight steering, yet remains comfortable enough for long journeys without feeling frantic.
When it comes to engines, the Audi TT Coupe also has the power to back up its bold appearance. The 2.0 TFSI petrol - an engine shared with the Volkswagen Golf GTI - is the pick of the range and offers tremendous acceleration along with a great engine note. Of course if you want outright pace, the high-performance TT RS is the model to go for, if you can afford the price tag and running costs of course.
But perhaps the most interesting engine is the TDI. This 2.0 TDI is capable of a very impressive 53.3mpg, a feat no other two-seater sports car can match. It means you can have the style and drive of the Audi TT but it needn't punish you at the pumps.
Inside you'll find one of the best cabins around with wonderful detailing and a top-class finish. It does have rear seats but they're fairly pointless apart from use as extra luggage room. However, that's one of very few negatives.
In 2010 the TT was given a minor facelift with subtle exterior changes including a redesigned front bumper and a rear diffuser. The big alterations came under the bonnet where the 2.0 TFSI engine was upgraded with extra power but also improved fuel economy.
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Audi TT (2006 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 290–700 litres
The Audi TT has one of the best interior designs around with a sporty but user-friendly layout. As you'd expect of any Audi, the quality of the plastics and the finish are both superb with a real upmarket feel to everything, even the less important switches.
Everything works with real precision, from the clutch and gear change to the stereo and air conditioning controls. And there are some great details too, such as the chrome ringed air vents that have a lovely mechanical feel along with the deep set instrument dials that glow white at night. The flat-bottomed steering wheel finishes the sporty feel off nicely.
Finding a good driving position is made simple by a tremendous range of seat and steering wheel adjustment, while the seats themselves have great support - ideal for tackling tight bends or for longer motorway journeys. The rear seats are fairly pointless though. They're not even 'occassional' seats and instead are best used as extra space for bags and coats.
Leather and Alcantara trim is standard on the 2.0 TFSI while full leather and heated front seats are standard on the 3.2-litre. The TTS (pictured above) has lovely Alcantara and leather sports seats which offer even more side support. Boot space isn't bad for a two-seater sports car either and the TT Coupe can carry about the same as a Ford Fiesta, while rear visibility is more than acceptable.
Equipment from launch (September 2006):
2.0 TFSI and TDI come with 17-inch alloy wheels, three-spoke leather steering wheel (including paddle shifts on S tronic models), six-speed manual gearbox, aluminium interior detailing, CD stereo, electric windows, climate control, electronic stability control (ESP), front sports seats, leather/Alcantara upholstery, split folding rear seats and a retractable rear spoiler.
3.2 quattro adds 18-inch alloys, twin exhaust pipes, chrome detailed headlight surrounds, leather upholstery, heated front seats, quattro four-wheel drive and an enhanced braking system.
TTS (from June 2008) gets the Audi magnetic ride, xenon headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights, larger front air intakes, aluminium-look door mirror housings, deeper side skirts and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and a revised rear bumper surrounding quad-tailpipes subtly. Inside there are two-tone leather sports seats, exclusive 'S' instruments with white needles, metal pedals and special aluminium trim elements.
S line (from January 2009) is available with the TDI, TFSI and 3.2-litre engines. Extras include an S line-specific front grille, unique front and rear bumper design, side sill extensions and 18-inch five-spoke design alloy wheels. There is also sports suspension (lowered by 10mm), an upgrade to the short-shift manual gearbox, S line embossing for the sports seats and brushed aluminium inlays inside.
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What's the Audi TT (2006 – 2014) like to drive?
Thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in the body, the TT is lightweight and consequently very agile. The steering is well weighted and has plenty of feel, which means it's hugely involving to drive and inspires plenty of confidence too. And it's on twisting roads where the TT really comes into its own thanks to huge amounts of grip and minimal body roll.
The standard 2.0 TFSI is front wheel drive and provides more than enough traction for everyday driving situations, however for extra reassurance a four-wheel drive quattro version is available (it's standard on the TDI, 3.2-litre V6 and TTS models) and it certainly adds an extra element of confidence, especially in wet conditions.
The ride quality is impressive too and does a good job of evening out bumpy roads. It is firm, this is a two-seater coupe after all, but it's not uncomfortable. However, be aware that if you opt for the optional 19-inch alloy wheels, they can have a fairly detrimental effect on ride comfort.
One useful optional extra is the Audi magnetic ride system which continually adapts the suspension depending on the road type. In normal mode it's very comfortable (more so than the standard set-up in fact) plus there's a sport setting which stiffens the suspension and sharpens the steering for a more focussed drive.
The most popular engine is the excellent 2.0 TFSI with 200bhp - an engine shared with the 2005 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Not only does it have a great exhaust note, but its lively nature fits perfectly with the TT, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds. It's pretty economical too and will average 36.7mpg.
The top engine is the 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 but while it sounds lovely and is very powerful, it doesn't have the urgency of the 2.0 TFSI. If you're after performance then the TTS is the model to go for. It uses the same engine as the 2.0 TFSI but with power boosted to 272bhp so it will cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.4 seconds. It's a good choice if the high performance TT RS is too much.
If you're looking for affordable running costs then the TDI model is the one to go for. The 2.0 TDI common rail diesel has 170bhp and plenty of torque and will average 53.3mpg. It lacks the sparkle of the TFSI engine but makes the most sense when it comes to running costs.
In May 2010 the TT was given a mid-life facelift and although the styling changes were minor, there were improvements under the bonnet. The 2.0 TFSI engine was upgraded to a more powerful unit with 211bhp (from the 2009 Golf GTI) which is half a second faster from 0-62mph. Impressively it's also more economical with an average of 42.8mpg. We've already driven this model here.
The other engines remain unchanged but Audi did introduce the option of a Sport button (in conjunction with the magnetic ride). This button by the gear lever makes the accelerator pedal more sensitive, gives the steering more weight and even makes the exhaust louder.
|1.8 TFSI||44 mpg||7.3 s||149 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI S tronic||44 mpg||7.2 s||147 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro||53 mpg||7.6 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro S tronic||51 mpg||7.5 s||144 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||43 mpg||6.2 s||154 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||39 mpg||5.7 s||169 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||40 mpg||6.1 s||164 g/km|
|3.2 FSI V6||27–30 mpg||5.7–5.9 s||224–247 g/km|
|3.2 FSI V6 quattro||27–30 mpg||5.7–5.9 s||224–247 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro||36 mpg||5.5 s||184 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||37 mpg||5.3 s||179 g/km|
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