Audi TT Coupe 3.2 V6

September 2006

picture of car from the front

Design uses the now trademark Audi front grille

Ratings

Overall Rating 8Overall rating

Value for money Rating 8Value for money

Space and Practicality Rating 7Costs

Space and Practicality Rating 6Space and practicality

Controls and display Rating 9Controls and display

Comfort Rating 8Comfort

Security Rating 7Car security

Safety Rating 8Car safety


Likes

  • V6 engine is smooth, powerful and sounds superb
  • S tronic gearbox is impressive and easy to use
  • New cabin feels solid, attractively styled
  • High levels of grip on offer

Gripes

  • Styling is less distinctive than the previous model
  • Handling is biased towards safety rather than fun
  • Rear seats suitable only for limited use
  • Restricted rear view thanks to thick pillars

Replacing one of the most popular coupes of recent years is no easy task, but Audi faces this problem with the new TT. Following a similar recipe to the previous generation car, the new TT is a 2+2 coupe with a choice of engines and gearboxes, with a distinctive exterior style.

The key element of the previous generation TT was its unique styling, quite unlike any other car of the period. The new TT is clearly related to the original car, but it gains some of the trademark details from the modern Audi range such as the prominent front grille and jewel-like headlamps. It is also slightly more conservative than the original design, although this is likely to broaden its appeal.

In terms of construction the new TT moves significantly forward compared to the old car thanks to the introduction of a steel and aluminium mix in the spaceframe. It increases strength while reducing weight, giving improved crash performance and handling while reducing the overall weight of the car compared to the old model, bringing benefits in terms of performance and economy.

There are improvements in the mechanical make up of the TT too, thanks to the addition of the 2.0-litre T-FSI engine. This uses a combination of direct injection and turbocharging to deliver an impressive power output and an impressive torque curve which peaks at low revs, making for a relaxed driving style. The two engine options can also be had with the S tronic gearbox, which employs two clutches for very fast and smooth shifts with little interruption to the flow of power.

A further change compared with the previous TT is the use of different drivetrains. From the beginning, the 2.0-litre model uses front wheel drive, while the V6 version is fitted with quattro four-wheel drive as standard. This helps to reduce the cost of the 2.0-litre model, while still providing a high level of performance.

Our verdict on the Audi TT Coupe 3.2 V6

Although the new car could never match the impact that the original TT had, it delivers an impressive blend of style, performance and comfort with a high level of desirability. The Audi badge on the front also means it will be an easy car to live with and should provide a high level of satisfaction to its owners.

Costs
Costs rating 7

Running costs for the TT will be reasonable, thanks to the use of common Audi parts. The V6 engine will attract higher insurance premiums and fuel use, but it is on a par with its rivals.

Space and practicality
Space and Practicality Rating 6

For a car in this class the TT offers respectable accommodation. Front seat passengers will have no complaints apart from the exceptionally tall, although those in the rear may become uncomfortable on longer journeys. The boot space is also respectable at 290 litres, expandable to a useful 700 litres with the seat folded down.

picture of car from the rear

Rear end hints at the previous generation model

Controls and display
Controls and Display Rating 9

The layout inside the TT is excellent, with controls and displays familiar to an Audi driver but superb to use. The centre console is relatively small, but contains all the necessary information and controls. A simple screen in the centre aids the operation of the controls, while a smaller display between the instruments is a useful addition.

Comfort
Comfort Rating 8

The TT can also be comfortable when required, with good sound insulation and a respectable ride. The seats are also comfortable, and the quality cabin is relaxing and suitable for long journeys. The optional magnetic suspension also gives two settings, with a comfort setting best suited to ordinary driving.

Car security
Security Rating 7

With such a desirable car security is very important, and the remote central locking, engine immobiliser and alarm system should prevent any security risk.

Car safety
Safety Rating 8

The TT should offer a high standard of safety, thanks to features such as the steel and aluminium spaceframe design, ESP and standard fit ABS. The TT also features an automatic rear spoiler, increasing downforce at higher speeds to improve grip and stability.

Driver appeal
Driver Appeal Rating 8

The TT can cover ground at an impressive rate. With the security of four-wheel drive and composed suspension, it is easy to exploit the performance on offer from the V6 engine. It provides rapid acceleration with a great soundtrack, and with the S tronic gearbox specified, it makes for a pleasing car to pilot. However, there is a slight feeling of detachment, with the steering having good weight but not a great deal of feel. For the vast majority of buyers however, its ability to carry speed with ease will be more than enough.

picture of car interior

High quality interior is a delight to use

Family car appeal
Family Appeal Rating 8

The TT is not quite large enough to cope with a family, and although it may be possible to squeeze a baby seat into the rear, gaining access on a regular basis will be trying. Also the boot may only be able to cope with a family's needs with the rear seats folded.

First car appeal
First car Rating 6

Although there is little about the TT that would catch out an inexperienced driver, even the 2.0-litre model probably has too much performance for a new driver. It is also likely that the insurance costs would be too much for someone in the early stages of driving.

Quality and image
Quality and Image Rating 8

The TT feels like a high quality car throughout, thanks to a mix of impressive design, sturdy construction and excellent materials. There are almost no areas in the cabin where pennies have been pinched, and the manner in which the switches operate inspires confidence. The TT's image is likely to be carried almost directly from the original car thanks to its largely similar looks, which will ensure it is a desirable car that appeals to people because of its looks above other factors.

Accessibility
Accessibility Rating

Although the roofline does require passengers to drop down into the seats, the doors are quite long to give a large opening. Front seat passengers will have little complaint, although those gaining access to the rear have a relatively small gap to climb through.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

All Audi TTs come with a radio/CD unit that delivers good sound quality and is easy to use, while the option Bose sound system is even more impressive. Sound quality is superb and there is the facility to play MP3 CDs as well as a CD autochanger.

picture of car in detail

17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels are available

Colours and trim

As is typical in an Audi, the interior trim is of a high standard, with a range of good quality leathers and plastics. There are also several different shades of interior colour, providing a welcome change from the usual dark greys.

Parking

Parking the TT is barely more difficult than a regular hatchback. The controls are easy to use and the view out is good, although the thick rear pillars and reduced rear window size do restrict the rear view, although parking sensors are available.

Spare wheel

Tyre inflation system stored beneath the boot floor.

 

Range information

Two engine options: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol (197bhp) and 3.2-litre petrol (237bhp). Both are fitted with a six-speed gearbox as standard, with a six-speed S tronic gearbox available as an option. Four-cylinder models are front wheel drive, with six-cylinder models fitted with four-wheel drive as standard. There are no specific trim levels, but the V6 models do have a few extra features compared to the 2.0-litre versions.

 

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Porsche Cayman More dynamic driving experience, but expensive and smaller inside



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September 2006