Hus­band and wife team and give their ver­dict on the Audi TTS

Lama Star­ling

7 Days in Dubai - - DRIVEN -

ould the Audi TTS be the per­fect car for a cou­ple? On pa­per of course it could be. For him, it’s a great look­ing and re­li­able car. For her it’s a great look­ing and re­li­able car. Ok then…

The “his and her” test­ing the TTS were Mike Star­ling and his wife Lama.

They took the car around Dubai over the course of a week­end and to many dif­fer­ent locations: the mall, gro­cery shop­ping, an air­port run to Abu Dhabi and, of course, the rush hour into work. When col­lect­ing the car, Mike was im­pressed on first im­pres­sions, but he quickly re­alised some­thing about the TTS - it’s def­i­nitely a girl’s car.

“As a 35-year-old male, driv­ing a car like the TTS should have marked my en­try into mid­dle age,” said Mike, who usu­ally drives a hired Yaris.

“It looks great, the in­te­rior and dig­i­tal dash­board is sen­sa­tional, but all in all there’s no ‘wow’ fac­tor that other sports cars have. “When I turned on the ra­dio, I wanted to hear some clas­sic ‘guy’ an­thems by bands like Oa­sis or The Killers. “It should have been ob­vi­ous when the first song I heard on the car’s ra­dio was Katy Perry. “There’s no doubt that the TTS is a great car, but would I buy it? “Prob­a­bly not.” With a start­ing price of Dhs247,000, the car is geared to­wards pro­fes­sion­als. And it’s def­i­nitely not geared to­wards a fam­ily be­cause if some­one of an av­er­age size and height is sat in the back it’s far too much of a squeeze and hardly any legroom. Lama, who usu­ally drives a Pa­jero, added: “It does feel like a sports car, but for nor­mal city driv­ing, for that price, the nov­elty would wear off quite quickly.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.