Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review

Audi: 2015 TT Coupe S Line review

When I did judo as a kid we were taught techniques after being thrown that would make it difficult for your opponent to turn you onto your back to avoid osaekomi waza, or pinning techniques. You made yourself low and wide to hug the mat, and adjusted your bodyweight to stay flat. This is what the Audi TT feels like to drive. It feels as if you wouldn’t be able to turn it over to expose the soft underbelly. Around the corners its grappling technique with the tarmac is black belt, sports car quality.

Audi TT 2015 sideThe very first corner you drive around, you’ll feel it. It’s the feeling of the inside wheel hanging on tenaciously rather than being a passive observer of what the outside wheel is doing. It’s not something you get in that many cars. On the straights the 169kW 2-litre turbo engine valiantly applies the power through the front wheels without much hint of torque steer at all, Audi TT 2015 front interioraccelerating the TT to 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

But let’s take a look at what matters in a coupe like this: styling. If you just want speed and handling, you’re not going to buy this TT because it’s a savage accessory with limitations. Instead you’ll buy a WRX and save yourself thirty grand. Or you might get a BMW M235i (one of my favourite cars) for a bit more money, but it still doesn’t feel like the TT because the design pales in comparison. You could even get a Nissan 370Z for less than $65,000 and that doesn’t pretend it has rear seats and has some serious handling and performance to challenge Audi TT 2015 rear quarterthe TT.

But, with the 370Z what you don’t get is class. The TT screams it. From the quilted leather seats to the instrumentation screen, the TT has had a lot of thought and design put into it. In fact, the instruments are no longer just a speedo and rev counter. Instead, it’s a large, 12.3-inch screen in which the Audi TT 2015 vehicle functionsvarious functions of the car are shown as and when you need them, perfectly designed and integrated around one another. Lexus does a good job of this, but the TT is leading the way in user interface design with what Audi is calling the Audi Virtual Cockpit.

Usually a screen for the multitude of functions available on Audi TT 2015 sat navmodern cars would be stuck in the middle of the dashboard, but it works amazingly well behind the steering wheel directly in front of the driver. The functions are controlled with buttons on the steering wheel and a jog wheel near the gearstick, similar to a BMW, leaving the dashboard free to be used by a unique and well-executed climate control system, and some minimalist buttons.

Taking a walk around the outside, it’s minimalist and Audi TT 2015 rearunderstated. There’s nothing showy except for the S Line spec alloy wheels and twin exhausts. It’s obviously a TT even though every panel has changed since the last one.

There are a few compromises you’ll have to make in TT ownership. The rear seats are useless; I would prefer that they just make a decent boot and a parcel shelf. The boot itself is a decent size in two dimensions, but unfortunately the third dimension (depth) is very shallow. You can drop the rear seats to create long flat loading tray, which is a quite a clever design feature so, I suppose, you do have the option of seats if both the driver and passenger are under five feet tall, and if not, you can use them for extra luggage. Dropping the seats takes the boot from 305 litres to 712 litres.

There’s also not much in the way of cubby holes for your bits and bobs – it’s not dire, but not spacious, either. Finally, the tyre choice meant a lot of road noise on some surfaces, something which would change if you changed the tyres.

Our test TT came with the S Line package which, for $4,000, adds the S Line exterior body kit, 18-inch alloys, S Line sports suspension, sports seats in the front with Nappa leather, matt brushed aluminium inserts and S Line logos.

It comes with front and rear parking sensors which are essential (primarily for the rear) because visibility when reversing is very restricted. Surprisingly, no rear camera option is available.

The usual set of safety electronics plays backup to the TT’s already amazing handling, and if it all goes wrong there are four airbags (six aren’t needed as the cabin is small).

While the word judo itself means ‘gentle and flexible way’, there’s nothing really gentle about this TT. It can demolish most other cars in its price range in the corners, and it’s got plenty of acceleration to match for the straights. One thing is certain: the TTS, if you can afford another $30,000 on top of the price of the TT is going to be insane. It’ll be the sensei in the dojo of sports coupes.

Price: TT Coupe S Line: $95,800, or $91,800 for the base model.

Pros

  • Brilliant all-round package
  • Interior build quality
  • Handling and power are perfectly matched

Cons

  • Why even bother with rear seats – just make the boot usable
  • A bit of tyre noise on rough roads


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