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New TT - not just for girls

Created on 09/04/2015 @ 07:43
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Friends ribbed me that the Audi TT Roadster I was driving was a hairdresser’s car but the third generation model that just arrived on our roads is certainly not just for the girls.

The new TT is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary – after all why fix something that isn’t broken. But Audi has upped the game in styling and technology and is taking the fight to rivals in the sector.

The TT Roadster looks broadly the same but there’s a sharper focus on sports positioning and better dynamics thanks to its lightweight aluminium and steel construction.
The TT of today is a more sharply designed package, with a slightly longer wheelbase with definite hints of the more expensive R8. Sitting on 19” wheels the S-Line gets deeper side sills, different bumpers and a black grille.

There are just two trims Sport and S-Line’s and a choice of highly efficient engines. The petrol TT uses a 230bhp 2.0-litre TFSI unit with either a six-speed manual gearbox or Audi’s seven-speed, dual-clutch S tronic transmission, and there’s the choice 
of front- or Quattro four-wheel drive. 

You can also get a TDI Ultra version with an 184bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine which gives 67.3mpg and emit just 110g/km of CO2 with manual and front-wheel drive.

I prefer the 2.0litre TFSi S tronic which was on test. It came with an on-the-road tag of £33,020 but on-board extras pushed that up to £40,255.

Extras included leather trim, auto dimming and rear-view mirror sensor package, heated seats and a parking system.

There was a top speed of 155mph and 0-62mph in only 6.1 seconds, yet the manufacturers claim 38.6mpg on the combined cycle and 11% lower CO2 figures of 142g/km. That really is competitive.

And while there’s the performance you would expect there’s lots more inside the cabin to make the TT stand out from the opposition particularly if you want to upgrade to get Audi’s stunning virtual cockpit system.

Centre of attention is the 12” LCD driver display which has replaced conventional dials and sits beautifully in front of the driver where all information is readily available. 
This development is a real sales winner for Audi and just has to be seen to be believed. It can be switched between Classic View or Infotainment View which brings up the biggest navigation map you will ever see.

Telephone, media, trip and car settings functions all appear on the screen and can be controlled using both the touch sensitive MMI controller or the multi-function wheel 
– a sheer joy.

The test car was fitted with the optional Technology Package which added Google Maps traffic information, music streaming and internet access. 

On the road stability control intervention contributes to great road holding and if you chose to upgrade to the AWD Quattro there’s even more agility. 

Audi’s Drive Select system is standard across the range allowing you to chose normal, sport or dynamic driving modes.

Audi may say that the TT is a 2+2 but it’s really a two-seater. The benefits come when you lower the rear seats to increase boot space. There’s also a shortage of 
storage space in the cabin so you’ll need to travel lightly. 

Visibility is normally a problem in this sector but the TT scores well in this area. 

All models in the new range are considerably dearer but Audi has a reputation for holding residual values so price shouldn’t be an issue. 

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