Hair­dresser’s car that crimped on com­fort but still turns heads

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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.

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