It may still lack the finesse of cars like the Porsche Cayman and Boxster (with which the RS models compete), but lower down the scale it’s more than a match for more workaday coupés – even the likes of the BMW 1 Series Coupé.
With the TT TDI, Audi has put together a car that is both stylishly designed inside and out, drives well and is economical to run, at a time when this seemingly matters more than anything else.
However, we'd urge buyers to consider the petrols, which are sweeter handling thanks to the lighter engine, and encapsulate more of what a sports car in the spirit of the TT should be about.
The price tag suggests that Audi shares this view, for it has been very bullish with the TT TDI’s pricing, pitting it against the rather good, and more powerful, BMW 123d M Sport. The Audi offers the added security of all-wheel drive and the versatility of a hatchback; the BMW counters with rear seats that can be occupied by adults.
The RS is a very alluring car with the promise of truly dramatic performance wrapped within its shapely shell. The turbocharged five-cylinder engine certainly delivers it in spades, thanks to the RS’s excellent grip, traction and stability.
The TT’s jostling ride, deadened responses and heavy high-speed steering lose it the dynamic edge that a car of this calibre ought to offer. It gets closer, this TT, but it’s still not the sports machine that it could be.