Apart from choosing how many wheels they’d like to be driven, TT buyers also need to pick between the base Sport trim or the spanglier S line. Differences are largely cosmetic – S line TTs get 19-inch alloys instead of 18s, more chiselled bumpers and techy all-LED headlights, as well as a 10mm lower ride height and slightly firmer suspension (but still with fixed-rate dampers rather than the configurable ones on the TTS).
Most UK buyers are expected to plump for the S-line, and it’s not hard to see why. Those arch-filling alloys and flashier (quite literally) headlights lend the TT a healthy dose of on-road presence. This is a car that’s all about image, after all.
As you’d expect, the petrol’s wider power band and willingness to rev makes it the more rewarding drive than the diesel but it’s not as crushing a victory as you might imagine. The diesel’s more flexible than most and it’s towering torque (280lb ft, although the petrol’s not far behind at 273lb ft) ensures it feels nearly as quick in a straight line.
The S-tronic gearbox is as smooth as you like, and given that the TT’s not the last word in involvement anyway you won’t find yourself pining for a manual gear lever all that much. Under power, each upshift comes with a muted, vaguely synthesized bark from the exhausts that’s becoming something of an Audi hallmark.
|Exterior Color||Red Multi-Coat|