The newer diesel is the most economical model, with lower emissions, and therefore cheaper road tax, and official fuel economy of 53.3mpg. Second-hand values are high, though, so you’ll pay a high price for one. The 2.0-litre petrol isn’t excessive, with 36.7mpg and 183g/km of CO2, and better than the V6 model, at 27.4mpg and a high 247g/km of CO2.
A service history is essential, and with cars less than three years old, it’s best to stick to franchised dealers. This will cost more, but you’ll reap the benefits when it’s time to sell the car on. There’s a good selection of quality independent garages who will care for older cars.
So far the second-generation TT is proving durable, with few reliability problems. However, it’s hard to know how it will fare long-term. The original TT can become troublesome in later life.
This is a sports coupe so insurance premiums reflect that and you need to budget accordingly.
Owners are generally very happy with their cars, and there are few reported faults.
The leather seats can wear quickly – particularly the side bolsters of the seat base. You can help prevent excess wear by regularly applying a quality leather cream, but it can’t restore the seat if it’s already badly worn.
The front brakes can make a squealing noise, although it doesn’t appear to reduce the brakes performance. There is no exact cause and sometimes only replacing the brake pads cures it.
A few dashboard and glovebox rattles can appear over time and the door seals can whistle and higher speeds. Poor-quality paintwork has also been reported, although it is rare.
Which used Audi TT should I buy?
Don’t be put off the 2.0-litre 197bhp TFSI version. It feels more alert than the heavier V6, and sounds great under hard acceleration. The 3.2-litre 247bhp V6 is faster, and comes with four-wheel drive as standard to make the most of the extra grunt.
There’s also a 2.0-litre 168bhp TDI diesel TT, which was introduced in 2008. The smooth engine has plenty of pull, so you can afford to be lazy with the gear changes. It comes with quattro four-wheel drive as standard, but the best feature is the low 138g/km CO2 emissions.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox is slick and well matched to the engines, but the optional S-tronic semi-auto is slightly more fuel efficient and will change gear faster than you can. Some TTs also have the Magnetic Ride suspension system fitted, which can be used in Comfort or Sport settings, although the standard suspension is brilliant anyway.
All models are well equipped, with climate control, alloys, electronic stability control, curtain airbags and half-leather sports seats as standard. Metallic paint is essential for good residual values.