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2015 Audi TT Sport Speed Date
David Zalstein
By David Zalstein
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Three-year/unlimited kilometre
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David Zalstein
By David Zalstein

So, where did you go on your date?

Rushing into things, perhaps, we headed off together to meet the parents…

Ideal first date?

A fun daytime drive through some entertaining roads before rolling up to somewhere nice for dinner – and parking right out front.

Hot or not?

Yeah, tough call this. I’m sure many would find high levels of attractiveness in the body, but I remain less convinced. I can’t help but feel Audi didn’t really do enough.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

Again, as is often the case, different strokes for different folks. If you love technology and ambient lighting, and a heartbeat noise played every time you switch off the car and crack a door, then you’ll likely dig the new TT.

If however, like me, you’re not so swayed by such things, then it all seems a little less exciting. The climate controls in the air vents is a cool and clever idea though.

Standout features?

You can’t deny the eye-catching nature of both the TT’s LED headlights (a $1923 option) and that impressive TFT digital dash.

Annoying habits?

Absolutely. Heavy doors, seatbelts mounted too far back in the cabin for easy reach and a rear bench that is too flat (a more raked rear seat base drops passengers deeper into the car, maximising what limited headroom there is back there).

They may seem like minor things but I think driving one long term or owning one, would see it grate on you over time.

Ready for a family?

Psshht! Have you looked in the back? No. But at least the two rear seats give you a place to put bags or shopping and, in a pinch, real live people.

High maintenance?

Anytime you’re looking at a premium or luxury car you need to be aware of potential costs but at least the new Audi TT has service intervals listed at every 15,000km or 12 months and there’s a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty to boot.

Any deal-breakers?

Even in base front-wheel-drive ‘Sport’ form, the Audi TT gets 169kW of power and 370Nm of torque. These figures are nothing to be sneezed at and neither is its claimed 5.9-second 0-100km/h time.

And it feels plenty fast, but torque steer is present just about every time you keenly squeeze on the gas. Sadly too, the steering is paired to minimal feedback making the whole car feel a bit cold and detached from the driver.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

I think we’ll be leaving things there I’m afraid. Fun-ish, the TT just lacks real involvement.

Keeping your options open?

Our Nano Grey test car – with options – tipped in at $81,050 before on-road costs. Even the list price, with our model’s six-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, comes in at $74,950.

I can’t help but feel you could lock down something far more involving and exciting for less – say a BMW 228i Coupe for around $10K less.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

Normally I would say something like, “A young and attractive executive type who wants to live the status symbol but for less coin than the quattro variant demands or some bloke looking for a mid-life crises car.”

Problem is, my dad did the whole Audi TT mid-life crises car thing a few years back with a first-gen TT quattro Roadster – hence taking the car to meet the parents.

But old Pop didn’t like it. He didn’t think it was as ‘fun’ as his old one and didn’t much appreciate all the new car’s technology (even though it somehow doesn’t come with a reversing camera). So maybe I’ll stick with my first recommendation…