Audi TT coupe

£29,810 - £40,310

The new Audi TT is a two-door, four-seat coupe designed to rival a wide range of cars – from the cheaper Peugeot RCZ and Volkswagen Scirocco right up to the top-end Porsche Cayman and BMW 4 Series. It's as stylish as ever, with a striking exterior and upmarket interior that its coupe rivals simply cannot match.

While it's not the last word in fun, the Audi TT is still great to drive, and will rack up miles in complete comfort should you need to do longer motorway trips. We recommend the brilliant TDI Ultra model in Sport trim, which matches rock-bottom running costs with eager performance and a comfortable ride. If fuel economy is less of a construct in your planning, the 2.0-litre TFSI S-Line S-Tronic with quattro four-wheel-drive is very fast in both a straight line or through corners, outshining the more expensive TTS, which has less palatable running costs for not a great deal more performance.

All TTs come with Audi's revolutionary Virtual Cockpit display, which allows the driver to switch the conventional speedometer and rev counter to stereo and telephone controls on a crystal-clear 12.3-inch screen. Leather seats, a DAB digital radio and climate control are standard, even on the basic Sport model. Standard safety kit is decent, and there's plenty more equipment that you can buy once you get to the options list.

Audi describes the TT as a 2+2 coupe, which means that the rear seats are impractical for anything other than very short journeys. They’re better used as a place to sling a couple of bags rather than your growing children. But then most people who buy a coupe like this aren’t looking for a practical family car.

The Audi TT coupe starts at just under £30,000 for the diesel-engined Ultra Sport model and climbs to over £32,000 for the petrol-engined S line version. Just under £3,000 adds quattro four-wheel drive and Audi's S tronic dual-cluth automatic gearbox.