What is it?
This is the Audi TT coupé, as furnished recently with a 1.8-litre TFSI engine. The 1.8-litre engine has been available in the entry-level TT convertible for some time, but it’s only recently that the same powerplant has been offered in the hard-top coupé.
Significantly, in base Sport trim, and with a six-speed manual gearbox as tested here, it prices the second-generation TT under £25,000.
What’s it like?
Surprisingly decent. It might not be the most scintillating of coupés to drive but there’s no denying the Audi TT’s aesthetic appeal.
However, it’s been hamstrung by a bottom-rung price point that’s put it out of the reach of many who aspire to its premium-quality, if somewhat homogenised, good looks. This version aims squarely to address that.
With a 1240kg kerb weight the TT is just about light enough not to feel short-changed by the 1.8-litre motor. It’s smooth, torquey and responsive enough for everyday motoring, with just enough power to deliver a degree of excitement appropriate to the coupé’s broadly capable if slightly sterile chassis. It even makes all the right noises if you press the pedal hard enough.
Should I buy one?
Maybe. To be fair, this combination of car and engine makes a surprisingly convincing case for itself.