Audi TT Coupe
Audi TT

The Audi TT Coupe is 137mm longer, 78mm wider and 6mm taller than the previous model and the gains are more obvious on the inside. The cabin has stretched by 75mm in length and shoulder-room has increased by 29mm at the front and 23mm for rear passengers but they still might find it a tad cramped. However, the golfers amongst you will be pleased to know that the two rear backrests fold forward to increase the boot space from 290- to 700-litres and that, says Audi, is ample room to carry two golf bags.

The driver and front passenger sit lower in their heavily-bolstered seats, than before. Both have more travel and height-adjustment than before. In standard form these seats are manually operated, however, electrically-operated seats with lumbar support are available as a £725 option. Heated seats are standard in the 3.2 TT but will add £250 to the 2.0 car.

Borrowed from the Audi RS 4, the TT now comes with a flat-bottomed, sports steering wheel, which allows drivers of all sizes to take advantage of the rake and reach-adjustable column and extra seat travel without having the steering wheel resting on their lap.

The 2.0 car comes with leather and Alcantara upholstery as standard and the 3.2 has full leather but there is an Extended Leather pack on offer for £350. Extended means that the instrument nacelle, door armrests and the sides of the centre console are also leather-clad. But that’s just for the black interior - the extended pack-coloured costs £450 and is only available in combination with the Fine Nappa leather (5 colours), which is standard on the 3.2 and £550 in the smaller engined car.

Either way, the cockpit is both sporty and businesslike. From the five large air vents with chrome bezels to the rubber-studded aluminium pedals, everything is positioned nicely so that the driver can concentrate on the job in hand.

For music-lovers, the standard TT audio system comprises of a ‘new generation’, MP3-compatible radio and single slot CD player. Spending more money in this area is easy with a radio and 6-CD player on offer for £265, a Bose surround sound system at £475, a glovebox 6-CD autochanger adds £320 but is not compatible with the iPod or USB connection (both £150) or the CD-based Satellite-Navigation, which is £650.

If you prefer to see a map of your route, the DVD Satellite-Navigation system (£1,650) which comes with a 6.5-inch monitor, is the one for you, except that the audio CD player cannot be used at the same time. Bluetooth ‘phone preparation can be bought for £385 but that doesn’t include a telephone adapter and you have to order the £180 multi-functional steering wheel.

The latter does include paddles for the optional S tronic transmission, which brings me onto ways to spend more money.

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