The current Audi TT was released in 2014, so based on its ancestors, it still has three years to go before it can be replaced. Except there are disturbing rumors that he could be the last in the line as Audi shifts its attention to electric cars and SUVs.
It would be a tragedy because, over the 21 years of the TT’s sale, it has carved out a special place for itself in the used car market as an exciting but affordable engine built on solid foundations. Fiery versions of the Mk1 can’t be far from classic status now. The Mk2 and this Mk3 are unlikely to be so revered, but that only means that they will be even better as used cars in the years to come.
In fact, you can already buy a 2015 Mk3 TT with 75,000 miles from just £ 13,500. It will be a 182bhp 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport diesel, which means thankfully such mileage is only average. With Audi build quality being what it is, it should also be free of squeaks and rattles. If gasoline is more your thing, there’s the underrated but impressive 1.8 TFSI. One of these with 20,000 miles, recorded in 2016, costs around £ 18,000.
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Either way, that’s not much for a sleek-looking coupe (there’s a roadster as well) that’s built on Audi’s aluminum-intensive MQB architecture and, as standard , comes with the automaker’s 12.3 inch virtual cockpit display.
The sweet spot in the lineup is the 227 hp 2.0 TFSI petrol. It’s fine in the front-wheel drive form, but the optional quattro four-wheel drive system provides additional safety in the wet. Then there’s the very impressive 305 hp 2.0 TFSI TT S quattro, which shares many of its main mechanics with the Volkswagen Golf R. Leading the pack is the 394 hp 2.5 TFSI TT RS quattro, which between the hands of Autocar’s road test team, sent 0 -60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
A facelift took place in 2018. The main styling tweaks (reworked bumpers and new alloy rims) were limited to the S line and TT S models, but all versions got software updates for the display of the virtual cockpit. The 20 years edition has also arrived. More dramatically, Audi has taken a knife into the lineup, cutting out diesel and 1.8 TFSI.
The lineup now opens with the 194 hp front-wheel drive 40 TFSI (note the new Audi badge), followed by the 242 hp quattro 45 TFSI, the 302 hp TT S and the 395 hp RS.
S line, Sport and, from 2016, Black Edition are the main finishes, but the S line, with its larger alloy rims, LED lights, turn signals and special styling, offers the best balance between price and kit.
The cheapest approved used TTs, backed by a 12 month warranty, start at £ 15,500 for a 2015 55,000 mile 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport Coupe. We would go for one of the gasolines, but if you’re doing the mileage and fancy a deal, there is enough diesel TT there that you can just have dealerships eating you out.
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This notice was published: 2021-09-07 16:16:37