Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI S-tronic S-line

May 2010

picture of car from the front

New TT has a redesigned front bumper

Ratings

Overall Rating 8Overall rating

Value for money Rating 7Value for money

Space and Practicality Rating 7Costs

Space and Practicality Rating 5Space and practicality

Controls and display Rating 9Controls and display

Comfort Rating 8Comfort

Security Rating 7Car security

Safety Rating 8Car safety


Likes

  • Super sharp changes from S-tronic transmission
  • Stylish interior with exceptional quality
  • Excellent dial clarity
  • Adaptable ride quality

Gripes

  • Visually hard to discern from pre-facelift model
  • Four-wheel drive chassis less involving than some rear drive rivals
  • Rear seats suitable only for limited use
  • Restricted rear view thanks to thick pillars

The original Audi TT was one of the enduring style icons of the 1990s. The second generation model arrived in 2006, offering toned-down looks and a greater emphasis on the driving experience. Now revised for 2010, the second generation model continues in that vein with performance and style changes.

The Audi TT remains one of the most successful coupe models in the UK thanks to a combination of style, performance and build quality. A sterling reputation and plenty of street cred has always been complimented by the latest engine technology from the Volkswagen-Audi-Group.

It comes as no surprise that the TT is the first model to boast a revised version of the powerful 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo petrol unit used on a range of models across the VAG line-up. Power has been boosted to 208bhp while fuel consumption has been reduced. A combination of engine tuning and the addition of brake energy recuperation to the TT line-up have helped achieve this.

The revised 2.0-litre unit replaces the 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine and old 2.0-litre TFSI in the TT range. The TT-S and range-topping TT-RS continue with their previous power-plants. A 1.8-litre petrol unit is also available with the convertible TT Roadster range, although not in the Coupe model. Using the ground-breaking twin-clutch S-tronic transmission and Quattro four-wheel drive, the TT's on road performance has been significantly improved in 2.0-litre TFSI form, while the manual, front-wheel drive variant also benefits.

Subtle changes to the interior and exterior design have been employed to keep the revised model looking fresh. Front bumpers feature larger air inlets, fog lights are set in chrome rings and the front grille and headlights have also been redesigned with twelve white light-emitting diodes serving as the daytime running lights. At the rear revised diffuser designs and exhaust pipes make the model nearly two centimetres longer.

Our verdict on the Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI S-tronic S-line

To the casual observer it may not appear as though a great deal has changed for the face-lifted Audi TT, but a streamlining of the petrol engine range, improved performance in terms of power and economy from one of the most popular engine options and none-too-overpowering design alterations have helped perfect what remains a very impressive and stylish premium coupe.

Costs
Costs rating 7

A 14 per cent efficiency improvement over the old 2.0-litre TFSI model is achieved through engine management and energy recuperation - standard across the range. Audi claims to offer some of the lowest insurance ratings in the premium sector, although the TT remains a desirable high performance model and will be relatively expensive to purchase and run.

Space and practicality
Space and Practicality Rating 5

For a car in this class the TT offers respectable accommodation. Front seat passengers will have no complaints apart from the exceptionally tall, although the rear seats are best suited to children; adults will be uncomfortable over longer journeys. The boot space is also respectable and the rear seats fold down or more storage. Door pockets are shallow but the glovebox is a decent size and cup holders are present.

picture of car from the rear

Rear profile is a familiar image

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 flat bottomed steering wheel helps with knee space for the driver while offering a sporty feel and the compact centre console is well organised, particularly with the MMI system present. The dials and central information screen offer exceptional clarity and some flair. A new gear change indicator is also a useful addition.

Comfort
Comfort Rating 8

The TT can also be comfortable when required, with good sound insulation and a respectable ride, although the 'magnetic ride' system offers more options. The seats are also comfortable and the quality cabin is relaxing and suitable for long journeys. Premium equipment levels mean climate control and electric windows while electric seats are an option. Leather interiors are specially treated to prevent them becoming uncomfortably hot in the sun.

Car security
Security Rating 7

With such a desirable car security is very important, and the remote central locking and engine immobiliser are reassuring. An alarm with interior monitoring is available as an option. Items stored in the boot remain out of sight and the glovebox is large enough to accept small valuables if needed.

Car safety
Safety Rating 8

The TT offers a high standard of safety, thanks to features such as the steel and aluminium spaceframe design and ESP. An integral head-rest system is present, as are belt tensioners and belt force limiters in the front, two front airbags, two head and thorax side airbags and Isofix child seat anchors.

Driver appeal
Driver Appeal Rating 8

The improved performance of the 2.0-litre turbocharged and direct-fuel-injected TFSI unit boost the performance for the driver, and works particularly well combined with the Quattro four-wheel drive chassis and six-speed twin clutch transmission. The S-tronic unit continues to impress with super-sharp gear changes, while a 'sport' button can further hone the steering and throttle response while 'magnetic ride' option offers both a comfort and sports tailored ride where present. The steering doesn't offer the feedback of some rivals, but the TT feels like a capable sports car on the road with excellent road-holding thanks to the Quattro system.

picture of car interior

Small changes add to interior quality feel

Family car appeal
Family Appeal Rating 4

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 4

Although there is little about the TT that would catch out an inexperienced driver, the improved performance of the 2.0-litre model offers too much power for a novice driver. It is also likely that the insurance costs would be too much for someone in the early stages of driving, although Audi boasts some of the most competitive ratings of the premium manufacturers.

Quality and image
Quality and Image Rating 8

The revised TT carries on the exemplary build quality car buyers have come to expect from German brands and particularly Audi. There's a strong feeling of premium quality inside and out. The 'hairdresser's car' reputation of the original TT is now resigned to the history books; the TT's image boosted by high performance versions such as the TT-RS.

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 small gap to climb through.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

A 'chorus' sound system with CD player radio is standard fair, but the ""concert"" audio system uses a 140 watt, five-channel amplifier and nine speakers for better sound quality. Further upgrades are available as is Bluetooth connectivity. The MMI DVD sat-nav system is beginning to feel a little outdated, but is still offers a highly useable interface for audio and navigation functions.

picture of car in detail

New alloy wheel designs are available

Colours and trim

A new three-spoke steering wheel adds an additional element of sportiness to the revised TT interior, and features a new aluminium-look finish and a flat bottom. High gloss black replaces silver for the air-vents while the strip above the glovebox - previously aluminium - is now brushed grey. Owners can chooses from a range of interior colour coordinations including three new colours - nougat brown, titanium gray and garnet red. Outside, new alloy wheel designs are available as are four smart new metallic paint choices.

Parking

Parking the TT is barely more difficult than a regular hatchback and the smooth operation of the S-tronic transmission makes reversing simple. The controls are easy to use and the view out is good considering the low slung seating position, although the thick rear pillars and reduced rear window size do restrict the rear view. Parking sensors are available.

Spare wheel

Tyre inflation system stored beneath the boot floor.

 

Range information

Petrol engine options - 2.0-litre (208bhp); 2.0-litre (268bhp); 2.5-litre (335bhp). Diesel engine options; 2.0-litre (168bhp). Transmission options: six-speed manual gearbox, six-speed twin clutch sequential manual gearbox. Trim levels: Sport, S-line, TT-S, TT-RS.

 

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