Audi TT 2.0TDi Quattro S-Line Special Edition Manual Review (2011)
The iconic Audi TT was improved with it’s 2nd generation variant and the range expanded with the arrival of a diesel power plant mated to the Quattro transmission. Producing 170bhp it is able to accelerate swiftly and top out just shy of 140mph, however it is not quick enough and it feels hampered with the power being sucked by the 4wd system.
It is clear this is aimed at the young sales rep who wants a sporty car but still needs to keep an eye on their BIK. A fleet car for the commitment free happy to compromise on performance against the more powerful 2.0TFSi in return for the lower emissions and superior economy.
That aside, the build quality is excellent, the car looks sporty and the ride is firm and grip vice-like. The engine has a sewing machine hum to it with a light grumble from the exhaust. The manual gearbox has a short throw and is also precise.
Obviously, being a 2+2 coupe, rear headroom is sparse, however with the sharp rake, you cannot realistically carry adults in the back (further illustrated by an amusing sticker implying an adult sitting upright in the rear when the boot is closed is likely to end up with a VERY sore head).
As a young sales reps alternative to the VW Golf or Audi A3, this is an ideal alternative, with its sporty looks and feel, however as a coupe it is too compromised by the diesel engine. It never feels sporty enough to drive and doesnt give you the drama you would want from a such a stunning car to look at.
After driving the TT Diesel for 6 months we did not miss handing it back after our extended test drive as we were always left hankering for more drama, more performance, more noise and more soul. This would most likely have been cured by the 210bhp petrol alternative.
Would we want one for ourselves?¦No Would we recommend one for a young exec on a budget who wants to stand out from the crown?¦ Absolutely. One could reasonably conclude that Audi closed a gap in the market that perhaps no-one else (except Peugeot with its RCZ) knew was there.