The TT has lived a life remarkably unthreatened by rivals. There’s the BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK and Peugeot RCZ, not to mention the Porsche Cayman and Toyota GT86 above and below, but none has so successfully gripped the public’s attention.
Part of that popularity can be attributed to the sheer range of TTs available – they will extend again from brisk oil-burner all the way up to big-shouldered RS – but it’s also helped by an asking price (for volume editions at least) that has stayed just the right side of silly.
Starting just north of £32,000, the 2.0 TFSI S line tested occupies the same ballpark as upmarket hot hatches, and as the TT’s past proves, a certain type of buyer will happily sacrifice some performance for the kudos of a proper coupé, particularly if better residuals are part of the bargain.
Moreover, the car’s technical commonality with other Audis means that competitive economy and efficiency is a given. The 2.0 TFSI engine returns a quoted 47.9mpg and 137g/km of CO2 – both marginally better than the equivalent three-door Volkswagen Golf GTI.
We managed 34.7mpg at a cruise, which would take some beating by any 200bhp-plus, petrol-engined two-door. The diesel, on the other hand, returns a claimed 67.3mpg and 110g/km of CO2 for those concerned with fuel bills and tax implications.
S line trim isn't often the equipment level of choice for us. We would only take it here with the adaptive suspension box ticked. And while you'll have to wait a bit longer for the full-fat TTS, its running gear shared with the Volkswagen Golf R makes it a tantalising, if expensive, option.