Audi TT coupe

£27,150 - £40,610

The Audi TT is a two-door, four-seater sports coupe, now in its third generation. It faces a number of accomplished rivals, including the BMW 4 Series, Volkswagen Scirocco, Porsche Cayman and Peugeot RCZ. Smart looks have always been a TT hallmark, and this latest version is no different. Plus, it boasts a typically stylish and well designed Audi interior.

Sheer driving fun is an area where Audi has struggled to match old rival BMW and while the TT is pretty good in this respect, it still can’t match the rear-wheel-drive 4 Series – or even the cheaper Toyota GT86. But it's a better everyday, long-distance car than those two, combining a comfortable ride with afforable running costs – particularly in super-efficient TDI Ultra trim.

But Audi TT ownership needn’t just be about penny pinching: there's also a powerful 2.0-litre petrol-engined model with Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system that's impressively quick in a straight line or on a twisty backroad. And if even that isn’t fast enough for you, Audi offers a specialised high-performance model called the Audi TT S.

Inside, the most distinctive feature of the Audi TT is its ‘Virtual Cockpit’. This is a large (12.3-inch) screen that sits behind the steering wheel – the place where’d you normally find the speedometer and rev-counter dials. The screen can show these instruments, of course, but you can also display things like what music or radio station is currently playing, or a map showing the currently programmed sat-nav directions. It contributes to the car's classy, hi-tech feel – as do the standard leather seats, DAB digital radio and climate control.

The TT is certainly no family car, although there is just about room for two small children in the snug back seats. They’ll soon grow out of them, however, so you’ll want to make the most of it while you can.

In efficient diesel Ultra Sport trim, the TT looks like pretty good value at a shade under £30,000. Move up to a petrol-powered S line version and you’re looking at £32,000, while quattro four-wheel drive and S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission costs another £3,000.