|Audi has celebrated its iconic TT’s 20th birthday by facelifting the current third-generation model. It’s fairly subtle, but gives fresh impetus to the coupe and convertible models.|
|Key rival:||BMW Z4|
|Audi TT 45 TFSI quattro S-Line S-tronic|
An Audi TT is still one of the most distinctive styles on the road, even as the car hits 20 years old.
Now that the model is half-way through its third generation, Audi has given it a refresh that takes in subtle design tweaks, power upgrades and extra equipment.
The styling tweaks comprise a new singleframe grille, as well as larger inlets and a range of new colour and wheel options, while the S-Line model gets extra bodywork differentiation.
The low-slung and pleasantly cosy cabin now gets heated seats as standard, along with folding door mirrors, while the S-Line now has upgraded Super Sports seats.
There’s no central display screen in a TT, so everything runs through the Audi Virtual Cockpit display, which now has a sports function, offering information on engine output and g-force figures.
But under the bonnet is where the biggest changes occur; the long-standing 1.8-litre 180hp engine has been replaced by a 197hp 2.0-litre, while the 230hp 2.0-litre option has now been boosted to 245hp, and is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. The diesel has been dropped, which means the most efficient model is now the 197hp petrol at 138g/km, with the more powerful alternative ranging from 147-161g/km, depending on model.
The TT will house a small person in the tiny rear seats that are mainly just for storage, and the 305-litre boot is practical enough for this type of car. An RV of more than 40% helps the numbers add up, too.
The new engine drops the 0-62mph time by a tenth of a second, and the TT handles well, while the lower emissions of the 197hp version compensate for the marginal performance shortfall.