2014 Audi TT | new car review

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by
2014 Audi TT
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AEDAED 140,000 - AED 250,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The TT, still in its second generation guise, is a fantastic looking that stands out from its rivals. If you are looking to buy a car that is a little racier, yet don’t want to fork out the money on a big sports car (or you can’t, because you’re too young), then it’s hard to ignore the 2014 TT. What else is there?

Pros

Great looking car inside and out
Relatively economical

Cons

Circular A/C vents

Looks

The second generation TT has been with us since 2006, and with good reason; it’s a fabulous-looking car. The short overhang of the body over the wheels gives the impression that you are looking at a go-kart with doors, and go-karts are fun to drive. At the front you are treated to an arrangement seldom seen on other cars; it looks cheeky. It doesn’t look mean, or friendly, it looks like it will laugh at you if you brake too early, and maybe tie your shoelaces together for a giggle as well.

The back is simple, and blends elegantly with the swooping tailgate. The wheel arches frame the car perfectly and make it look strong even when standing still. On the more expensive RS version, the spoiler gives it an extra sense of plucky fight.

2014 Audi TT Exterior collage

Feels

Inside, the pleasure is continued. The interior comes largely from the VW Golf collection. The dashboard display has been lifted straight out of the GTi and given only a few minor tweaks. But because you are sitting lower than you do in a Golf it feels totally different. It feels sportier, as it should. The rounded air vents are perhaps the only aspect that lets it down. A less globular solution would have been better.

You are not going to buy the TT to take your grandmother or children to the mall, so the chances are you won’t be too worried about back seat space. But it is worth noting that should anyone ever ask you for a lift, and you already have a passenger riding shotgun in the front, then they may need their legs removed first. Space in the back is nearly non-existent.

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Engineering

The TT uses the now common Audi Space Frame design, which is a lightweight aluminium chassis which improves everything from handling to fuel economy. Also, like other higher-range Audi’s, it comes with the S Tronic gearbox, designed to give faster and smoother gear changes. Boot space measures approximately 300 litres, but the rear seats can come down, doubling the space, which is handy for a car like this. The TT is also available with “Audi Magnetic Ride”, which with the press of a button will magnetically adapt the suspension to deal with the driving situation.

What’s on offer?

In the UAE, the TT Coupe, , and RS Coupe are all available. The basic Coupe comes in three variations: 1.8 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI S line, and 2.5 TFSI Quattro. The 1.8 TFSI model will do 0-100kph in 7.2 seconds, and will give you 100 kilometres in exchange for 8 litres of fuel. The 1.8 litre starts at an astonishingly reasonable AED 140,500, but to really benefit from the more interesting options you need to spend closer to AED 160,000. But the base model in itself is still a good call, and still boasts 158 horsepower.

Verdict

If you are looking for a good-looking sports coupe that offers great value, then look no further than the TT. In fact, I challenge you to name an alternative, and I bet you can’t. This car looks as cheeky as it is quick, and driving it will certainly make you grin a cheeky grin yourself. This is the kind of car that if it was a teenage boy, it would be looking to pick a fight with a group of older boys, just to see how it would get on. However, if you’re going to buy one then you’d better do it now before you get too old, and have to settle for a more expensive sports car instead. This is a great little car.

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