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What is it?
Audi introduced a quattro four-wheel-drive variant of the 2.0-litre TFSI engined TT a few months ago but this, in its most popular S-line trim, is the first time we've driven it.
The 2.0 quattro TT gets twin-clutch transmission as standard (instead of being a £1420 option), while S-line trim adds some body addenda including a new grille treatment and 10mm lowered suspension, plus 18-inch alloys.
Inside, if it's an S-line you'll know it by some aluminium trim, embossed seats and a three-spoke steering wheel.
What's it like?
It's a lot like other Audi TTs, you'll be entirely unsurprised to hear. That's no bad thing in the TFSI's case – with its relatively light engine this is one of the more agile and engaging TT variants anyway, although the 18- rather than 17-inch wheels don't do its ride any favours.
Otherwise this quattro version feels all but identical to the front-driver most of the time, because its clutch only apportions significant levels of power to the rear when the fronts begin to lose traction – which the ESP system counters anyway.
If you regularly drive on snow or ice or very wet grass then you'll feel it a tad more often.
Should I buy one?
I can think of lots of decent ways to spend £2790. Using it to turn a perfectly decent front-wheel-drive TT into a perfectly decent four-wheel-drive automatic one doesn't really figure.