the TT is incredibly sure-footed no matter how hard it's pushed ...
Ride and Handling
With its low-slung stance and low centre of gravity, the TT is incredibly sure-footed no matter how hard it’s pushed. It changes direction in an instant and feels incredibly planted even on slippery surfaces.
The test model also had Audi Magnetic Ride adaptive dampers fitted as a £970 optional extra. This introduces two driver-selectable settings - Normal or Sport - which affect the car’s dynamics. The Sport mode is great fun, but the ride is incredibly hard and you are guaranteed to feel the full force of the UK’s pothole-ridden road surfaces.
But one of the greatest aspects of the Sport mode is the vastly exaggerated sound effects from the exhaust. Touch the accelerator and it opens a flap in the exhaust and releases a deep, throaty roar. Take your foot off the throttle and it fizz, pops and bangs to a standstill.
That said, most day-to-day driving will be completed in the slightly more refined Normal mode.
Ease of Use
The official dimensions of the TT are 4,198mm in length, 1,842mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,342mm high.
Despite its compact size, Audi has made full use of the space available. The boot has 292 litres capacity and this is increased to 700 litres with the rear seats folded.
And whilst on the subject of the rear seats – they are pretty redundant really. There is certainly no legroom for an adult to sit there and even small children would be fidgeting after a very short journey. That said, the TT has never been billed as a family car.
The glovebox is a good size and an interior light package on the test car costing £125 extra meant that it was also illuminated along with the footwells, vanity mirrors, interior door handles and there was additional ambient lighting.
Unlike some sports cars, all-round visibility is actually fairly good on the TT and with a tiny turning circle, parking is an absolute doddle. However the wide doors mean parking away from other vehicles in tight parking bays so it doesn’t get boxed in.