Walk along pretty much any high street in the UK, in almost any town, and you will instantly see sights that are familiar.

There will be a Greggs pie shop, a Starbucks, a golden arches perhaps, a Tesco Express and maybe a Subway. And the weird thing is, most of us feel subconsciously comfortable with such familiarity, because it’s been this way now for many years.

At one time, however, high streets didn’t look or feel anything like as predictable as this. And at around about the same time Audi was busy inventing a car called the TT

When it was first shown to the world at the 1995 Frankfurt motor show, the Audi TT was revolutionary. It looked fresh and exciting and different, and it made the local high street look more sophisticated and interesting somehow, merely by its very presence.

Now, though, the Audi TT has gone down the exact same route as our beloved high street. It’s become predictable and samey and safe. And for a car that was once so bold and brilliant and ground breaking, that’s almost unforgivable, is it not?

Unfortunately, I fear the answer is no; it’s not so much unforgivable as inevitable.