Drive – Audi TTS Used Car Review

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Looks than the old model and interior is a big

Well made in typical fashion


Rear is a bit of a joke. Soft luggage, not beings, is its forte

Even as a car, it’s a fair bit of for a small car, Audi or not

Its place as the top-rung TT has been by the TT RS

No external hatchback release

of visual differentiation over TTs.

When Audi the TT RS #8212; a red-hot, five-cylinder, version of the retro-looking TT coupe everything else in the TT line-up looked second-best.

Even with the updated that arrived in 2006, the TT was dismissed by many would-be as a car in which form triumphed function. The arrival of the TT RS puts myth to rest. You can’t with its performance credentials, include a 0-100km/h sprint in less than five

The problem, though, is that the TT RS overshadowing the entire range, it was to lose sight of possibly the model in the TT line-up #8212; the

With a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder (in essence, an even more tuned version of the unit in the Volkswagen Golf R) and Audi’s system, the 200kW TTS was a brilliant car.

As well as being quick enough to hold its own on #8212; if that’s your #8212; it was also magnificently and hugely entertaining.

To say Audi hit the spot with the TTS is an understatement.

It’s such a good to drive, we really have to whether the faster, more #8212; but slightly clinical TT RS is worth the extra gold. And the latter is yet to really hit the second-hand (after being launched 12 months ago), the TTS remains the used TT buy.

While TT variants were arguably Volkswagen Golfs (there’s of shared technology under the the TTS was much more. It was generally than the sum of its parts; something nearly always makes for a buy.

One of the big problems with TT is knowing exactly what looking at. And even the badges can be

The TTS, for instance, bears a similar moniker to the TT S-Line but a huge 90kW disparity them (not to mention trim levels and prices). So rule number one: your target and don’t get something that sounds what you want.

The biggest worry in a TTS (or any Audi for matter) is the DSG gearbox. Some had a conventional six-speed manual a clutch pedal and that’s itself over the years to be trouble-free.

But the six-speed DSG dual-clutch that was a popular fitment has known to give trouble.

it’s a truly wonderful when working properly, it can be expensive to repair if it goes in any sort of major way. The that converts the electronic from the computer to hydraulic to actually operate the gearbox can the first sign being or clunky shifting.

As a very piece of equipment, there are of ways for the DSG to go wrong. We wouldn’t let put us off buying one but we’d certainly the unit tested by an Audi before handing over the A dealership or specialist garage have the electronic diagnostic that can talk to the gearbox and its level of health.

The other thing to bear in when shopping is that the manual had such a sweet action and light, positive that it was really no chore to with. Regardless of the DSG’s and cons, a manual TTS is a more prospect than the manual of most other vehicles on the

Make sure you check the is all working as it should. We’ve of a few dashboard displays losing the and, in some cases, the display unit has had to be replaced. will still be under new-car warranty but if there’s a with the electronics, you need to out about it now #8212; before the runs out.

While inside, make sure the windows work smoothly, and without undue noise. The can give trouble from to time and any hesitation or juddering of the glass is cause for suspicion.

Audi TT

The engine is strong even it’s highly tuned (a engine making 200kW of

and a flexible 350Nm of torque is stuff) but, like European cars, it won’t shoddy or missed servicing.

sure the service record is up-to-date and if the car is getting on towards kilometres, it’s ready for a change. Ignoring this is for trouble because if the cambelt it will almost certainly the engine from a gem to a pile of in milliseconds.

Beyond neglect, the problem with the engine is water pump failure to the plastic impeller of the standard Even if it appears to be sound, it when you have the cambelt

The Quattro all-wheel-drive system is a well-known quantity these and the technology is well proven.

And the foibles that saw a few early TTs over and injure (and in a of cases, worse) their All fixed by the time the new-shape TT

#9632;The service record is in these cars. Make no maintenance has been overlooked.

any car with the DSG gearbox tested handing over the cash.

the dashboard flicker or the needles If so, the instrument cluster might be to fail.

#9632;Cambelt changes to be done at 90,000-kilometre intervals.

the water pump at the same

The competitors

Porsche Cayman

expensive than the Audi and a two-seater but the entry-level hardtop is fun. Rating: 4.5/5

inline six-cylinder engine not as as the Audi’s but just as rewarding. made and great to drive. 3.5/5

Rotary engine the Mazda but so does the packaging, includes the two tiny rear that open backwards. outright grunt and, to eyes, looks a bit weird. 3/5

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