‘YOUR CUP OF TT?’
Added 14th June, 2019
By Jonathan Crouch
You sense that Audi shifted its point of reference with this car. Earlier versions of the TT were a bit better to drive than supposed rivals like the Mercedes SLK and the BMW Z4, but from the point of view of a committed enthusiast, that wasn't saying very much. A Porsche Cayman has always ultimately still been more of a driver's car - but then you could easily pay nearly twice as much for one of those and then find it too impractical to use every day. For more buyers than ever before, this third generation TT has proved to be a much more acceptable alternative.
Is that because it's faster, better equipped, more affordable, cleaner and more frugal than its MK2 predecessor? Not really. All those things are true of this car and nice to have, but for us what matters is this MK2 TT's status as a better driving machine than its predecessors. If you don't care about that, then we'd understand. Buy this Audi instead for its fashionable tech - the Virtual Cockpit, the clever infotainment - maybe even the aluminium hybrid construction. Whatever draws you to this car though, the experience it offers is a satisfying one. Surprising even, if you're not used to the idea of a TT being more than a fashion statement. Audi, you see, at last got this car right. And made it properly vorsprung durch technic.