The Audi TT is a modern icon of design, which poses a bit of a problem if you’re tasked with redesigning it. The Audi board has taken the easy way out by sticking very closely to the TT template which whilst understandable does mean that the latest model has its work cut out to convince buyers that it offers something new.
The charm offensive begins the moment you open the door with a perfectly-judged interior that includes the first application of the Audi ‘virtual cockpit’ which is actually a 12.3 inch LCD screen which replaces the conventional instrument binnacle allowing configurable displays. The combined effect is an impressively modern, attractive and beautifully finished space that is hard to resist.
Good looks have always been an integral part of the TT package but it is fair to say that this hasn’t always been backed up by the driving experience. In the latest attempt to inject more fun, 50 kg has been lost overall including a reduction in unsprung mass, the ESC system can be fully deactivated and in Dynamic mode more torque is sent to rear wheels to reduce understeer on quattro models.
In a sure sign of the pressure that manufacturers are under to produce fuel efficient models, even the TT now wears the ‘ultra’ badge that denotes Audi’s most efficient models. Despite achieving great official fuel economy, the 182 bhp Euro 6 diesel engine delivers brisk performance that does enough to live up to the coupe looks, although there is no quattro option so all of the power goes to the front wheels.
The TT is great looking, has a feel good interior, a six-speed manual gearbox, and thanks to the ultra package, achieves excellent official fuel economy. If we’re being picky, the TT would be perfect if the driven wheels were at the back rather than the front, but it remains a highly desirable package.