Hairdresser’s car that crimped on comfort but still turns heads
styling features. These are 18in alloys with 245/40 Pirellis as tested and a 10mm drop in ride height.
It has a shorter gear lever movement (aka ‘throw’), xenon lights and LED here-Icome daylight warning lights. There are front sports seats and various trim changes. It cost £26,345 with a sweet sixspeed manual gearbox. With twin clutch automatic gears it is £27,825. Want diesel? Well, Audi supplies that too.
The 168bhp 2-litre diesel quattro costs from £28,585. TT models end with the ultra high performance RS but these are complicated, heavier, expensive and daftfast for legal or even near-legal driving speeds in most of Europe. Forget about peer approval and badge envy and go for a well equipped small engined TT.
It is lighter, more chuckable (if you like chucking), quite quick, quite economical. A TT is a tightly packed compact sports car and it needs an agile driver.
Any aches and pains (currently afflicting your correspondent) will be magnified as you enter or leave the low-slung seats.
The sporty ride of the S-Line can be awfully jarring on patched roads (easy to find, hard to avoid) while those traffic-calming ridges, once lovingly known as sleeping policemen, give a severe jolt.
The 17in wheels and 245/45 rubber from the Sport version are less harsh. I’d forget the S Line if you like a calmer ride and add the £765 navigation and audio pack.
HAIR RAISING: The Audi TT coupe is a triumph of style over function, best left to the young and agile prepared to forsake comfort for good looks and racy performance.