Audi’s modern-day classic

Audi released its TT coupé in 1998, and the world responded with acclaim, says Giles Smith in The Sunday Times. Since release, it has “slid smoothly into that small pantheon of cars from the late 20th century that could plausibly be granted classic status”.

This is the Mark III – and as you’ll see, it looks much the same as its predecessors. It is now lighter and the engines deliver “brave new feats of frugality”. But the main attraction tempting owners to trade up is the new “virtual cockpit”.

The digital dials and flashy sat-nav, in concert with the “thumbable controls and flat-bottomed steering wheel, create a driving environment that will prove instantly homely to fighter pilots and computer gamers alike”.

With distinctive styling and one of the best quality cabins you’ll ever experience, says AutoExpress, the TT is a desirable and classy coupé that rivals cars such as the Volkswagen Scirrocon and BMW 4 Series at one end of the range, and the Porsche Cayman at the other.

With the “traditional fast Audi styling additions”, its 2.0-litre TFSI model produces 305bhp and is matched exclusively to a Quattro, four-wheel-drive drivetrain.

“The Audi TT has always been a coupé that’s blended sports car driver enjoyment with everyday usability and ease of driving. The latest car is lighter, faster and more efficient than ever, with a greater focus on driver enjoyment.”

Even now, in its twilight years, the current Audi TT has massive appeal, agrees Steve Huntingford in The Daily Telegraph. “Its distinctive looks and classy interior play their part, but the TT is also well priced, easy to live with and great fun to drive.”

Price: £32,785 (for the 2.0 TFSI Quattro Sport model)
Engine: 1,984cc, turbo
Power: 227bhp at 4,300rpm
Torque: 273lb ft at 1,600rpm
Top speed: 155mph
0-62mph: 5.3 seconds
Fuel: 44.1mpg. CO2: 149g/km