Audi TT Road Test (2013)

Audi TT (Interior View) (2013)
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Audi TT Review

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Despite its compact dimensions, the TT RS Plus is richly equipped with technology and creature comforts ...

Comfort and Refinement

The heated leather seats offer tremendous support and it’s hard to imagine that you are riding just inches above the Tarmac, unless you have the car in Sport mode and hit a pothole at pace when it makes your teeth chatter to say the least.

However, the TT really offers the best of both worlds. If driven gently in Normal mode, the ride is pretty refined and mellow. But drive it with heavy foot and it reveals the other side of its personality with sharp, edgy reactions and louder acoustics to match.

There is quite a lot of tyre noise too, but it’s worth remembering the TT RS Plus has 19-inch wheels rather than the standard 18-inch ones and this slight size increase would mean more pronounced road surface noise.

The driver-focused cabin has been beautifully crafted with all controls and readouts perfectly positioned for ease of use. The use of contrasting clear red needles and white numbers not only makes the instrumentation look stunning but it is also easier to read.

Safety and Security

The Audi quattro all-wheel-drive system is renowned the world over. In the same way that four brakes ensure improved deceleration, four driven wheels deliver better acceleration and road-holding. It helps to make the car safer and more dynamic to drive.

Other features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, hydraulic brake assist, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, electronic stability programme, Servotronic electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering, driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags, three-point inertia reel seatbelts and an alarm to keep thieves at bay.

An optional extra on the test car was adaptive lights costing £330. By utilising swivelling headlights the road is illuminated far more effectively.

Infotainment

Despite its compact dimensions, the TT RS Plus is richly equipped with technology and creature comforts.

Everything is perfectly positioned for ease of use in the pint-sized cockpit and features include an RS three-spoke flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, electronic climate control, a Driver’s Information System which displays lap times, oil levels and other useful data, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, sat nav and lots more.

The test car also featured a BOSE surround sound system as a £485 option. This introduces a 12-loudspeaker set-up with an output of 255 watts. Whatever you listen to inside the TT will be enjoyed in concert hall style clarity with the option of ear-bursting volume.

Rivals
  • BMW Z4 sDrive 35i
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
  • Porsche Cayman S
What We Liked
  • A compact car that is big on content
  • Driving dynamics
  • Blistering pace and acceleration
  • The acoustics from the exhaust when driving and braking in Sport mode
  • Wide choice of engines, transmissions and trim levels
  • Available as a coupe or roadster
  • Vast array of colour schemes and personalisation options
  • Driver-focused interior
  • Incredible 12-speaker audio system
  • Supportive sports seats
  • TT RS badging throughout the cabin
What We Disliked
  • Despite all the safety innovations you can feel quite vulnerable when travelling on busy motorways with lorries thundering along next to you
  • The rear seats are totally pointless
  • Fuel efficiency is not that impressive
  • Not as unique as some of its rivals
  • Quite poor visibility
What We Would Like To See
  • Do away with the rear seats that are no use to anyone
  • Electrically-adjustable seats would be preferable for such a pricey outlay
Conclusion

The Audi TT is as good to drive as it is to look at. It is one of those cars that still looks as fresh as the day it was unveiled to the motoring world.

There’s a vast array of choice and any minor question marks over reliability have been ironed out over the years.

30 December 2013 Maxine Ashford
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Audi TT Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi RS plus 2.5 TFSI quattro
  
Body Type2-door Coupe
ColourMisano Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph4.1 Seconds
Top Speed 174 mph
  
Transmission7-Speed S-tronic
  
Fuel TypeSuper Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban23 mpg
Extra Urban44.8 mpg
Combined33.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group40
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 30/12/13)£49,600 plus £3,925 optional extras

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