A convincing small coupe
The UK is the biggest market for the Audi TT in Europe, so the latest version needs to drive well on our challenging roads to stand a chance of matching the sales success of its predecessors. Yet for all its sporty design flourishes, the model that’s most likely to seduce tax-conscious British buyers is the new 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, the latest of the brand’s fuel-sipping range of diesels that now includes the A4, A5, A6 and A7, with plenty more to come. Of course, buying a slinky coupe is not always a strictly rational purchase, but this Ultra version of the TT promises effortless 150mph performance with affordable family car running costs. Is there a catch? Well, at launch this model will only be available with front-wheel drive, equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. That does keep the price down though, and in the Sport trim we tried the Ultra is actually the cheapest version of the new TT you can buy, starting at £29,770.
Pristine fit and finish, classy materials and beautifully damped switches are all par for the course with any modern Audi, but the TT brings in a high-tech, minimalist approach to cabin design that feels really sporty. A 12.3-inch screen tucked into the instrument binnacle is the window to all the car’s systems, and it’s a real showstopper. A digital set of dials, trip computer, media output and sat-nav (when added) can all controlled via the steering wheel or by an intuitive rotary dial between the front seats, so you never need to divert your eyes far from the road. The system will take some getting used to if you’ve spent time in a car with a screen in the centre of the dashboard, but most functions are easy to find and adjust, and the simple actions quickly become second nature – even if your passenger is going to feel quite left out.