Audi TT sharpens up its act

2014 Audi TT
2014 Audi TT
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It’s take three for Audi and its hugely popular TT, which promises better efficiency, a more sporty driving experience and some clever new technology.

You don’t have to be car-ista to know about the Audi TT.

Since the first generation appeared in 1999 it’s been the choice of the fashion-conscious, but it took until the second model in 2005 before the driving experience could match its looks.

Now the third generation has arrived and it promises to move the TT forward in a significant way.

Like the old car it uses a mix of aluminium and high-strength steels to keep the weight down, yet it’s 50kg lighter than the old car. It also debuts what Audi terms the ‘virtual cockpit’ – a large display screen where the instruments would normally be.

Add to that a new exterior, interior and refreshed engines and there’s plenty to take in.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that third generation TT is barely changed, but park 
one next to the old car and the differences become clearer.

It’s broader in the shoulder and more edgy than before, particularly at the front where there’s a mean six-sided grille and vertical LEDs in the headlights to match the R15 Le Mans racer.

The unique curved roof stays, and hotter TTs models get a more distinctive nose. A job well done then.

Move to the inside and the focus is clearly on those up front. The virtual cockpit means an uncluttered dashboard, and there’s plenty of clever thinking here.

The air vents house the controls for the air con itself, while the instrument display is crystal clear and informative.

Front seat passengers have good space for head and legs and the boot is 13 litres larger than before.