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Audi TT Roadster TTS 2.0 TFSI road test report

TTS 2.0 TFSI

The Audi TTS was kindly supplied by Inchcape Audi. Simply select your local dealer by following the link provided - Inchcape Audi. The performance of this car is truly astounding! The very first thing that hits you when you get in the TTs and turn the key in the ignition is the sound of the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine burbling and popping through the four chrome exhausts.

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Performance Performance - 5 stars

The performance of this car is truly astounding! The very first thing that hits you when you get in the TTs and turn the key in the ignition is the sound of the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine burbling and popping through the four chrome exhausts. It is enough on occasion just to sit still and listen, occasionally revving the engine to provoke the sound even more. Two hundred and seventy odd horsepower is a lot for a car of this size but through the Quattro four wheel drive system, Audi have managed to nail that power down through the wheels and successfully turn it into pretty spectacular forward motion. Plant your foot to the floor from standstill and there is a split second lag before the turbo kicks in and then all of a sudden you are in charge of a vehicle which is not far away at all from justifiably claiming to have supercar performance.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

You have to put the ride of the TTs into context. This is a compact, hard edged, sports car which is built for entertainment, not wafting up and down the motorway with steering so light you could turn the wheel with your pinkie. The ride is fairly hard, but not overly so and the silk nappa leather our car featured certainly added to the comfort of both driver and passenger. The car handles much like a go kart , with sharp steering and great communication through the wheel , you really feel that the car is an extension of your arms at times such is it’s willingness to follow the driver’s instructions.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 5 stars

Build quality as you would expect is first rate, materials used are all of good quality, the TTs feels chunky and solid despite it’s size. Audi have a reputation for reliability and you can’t imagine the TTs being anything other than extremely reliable , despite it’s up-rated engine and finely tuned chassis.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 4 stars

The Audi TT S comes with four airbags and stability control. An immobiliser is also standard.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 3 stars

This car is a genuine two-seater roadster, although there is plenty of leg and head room for both passenger and driver. The boot is a decent size for a two seat sports car. Overall however, you do not buy this car for space and practicality.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 4 stars

The car we drove had a few optional extras on it, Silk Nappa leater, Sat Nav, auto dimming rear-view mirror to name but a few. It is also the Roadster model which again adds to the price tag which in this cars case comes to the princely sum of £40,000. The residual values of these cars however, has always been impressive, mostly due to the brands desirability and reputation for quality. Impressive leasing and PCP deals are therefore available on the whole of the TT range.

Performance Performance - 5 stars

Audi has done a fine job extracting over 270Bhp from this 2.0 turbocharged engine. Audi have re-engineered the engine for this TTS model with everything given an overhaul, the cylinder heads, injectors and the turbocharger. It is difficult to resist bringing the car to a standstill only to plant your foot down on the accelerator, listen to the roar of the engine and wait for that slight pause prior to the turbo kicking in and pushing you that bit further back into your seat. The overall performance is amazing and the power is kept on track with the Quattro 4 wheel drive system that helps the car stick to the road.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

When the TT first came to market it immediately stood out from the crowd with its modern design and character. The new TT has managed to retain the character of the previous model but now with improved dynamics to match. The car deals with the increased power with ease and grips the road well aided by the Quattro 4 wheel drive system, traction control and electronic stability. The low driving position helps you to feel at one with the road and the steering is sharp and very responsive. Overall the ride is quite hard but this adds to the feeling that you are in a sports car and not a run of the mill family saloon with beefed up power plant.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 5 stars

As you would expect the build quality is top notch. A clean modern dash layout with quality materials used. The dash has the multimedia interface built in and this uses a system not dissimilar to the I-Drive in the BMW. The interior on our car was upholstered with Napa Leather which gave a feeling of luxury and also assisted with a more comfortable experience. Based on Audi’s reputation there should be no issues with reliability even with this souped up model.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 4 stars

An immobiliser as standard with 4 airbags, traction control and electronic stability programme are all included.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 3 stars

A compact two seater although the cabin never feels crampted with leg and headroom not a problem. You would never purchase this car for its practicality although the boot space is acceptable for a two seater.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 4 stars

A great car to own with excellent build quality and strong residuals. The TT has always been a desirable car and this roadster is the flagship of the range.

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