Body: Coupe Year: 09/59
Fuel Type: Diesel
Quote Reference Number: 043-27608
- Insurance Group32E
- Performance (BHP)170
- Number of Seats4
- CO2 (g/km)139
- Road Tax£140
|Electric front windows|
|ASR traction control|
|EDL traction control|
|Speed sensitive power steering|
|Driver's information system|
|Service interval indicator|
|Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors|
|Aluminium interior trim|
|Auxiliary input socket|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Twin exhaust pipes|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Retractable rear spoiler|
|Front fog lights|
|Electronic climate control (ECC)|
|Leather handbrake grip|
|Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel|
|Leather interior door handles|
|Jack and tool kit|
|Leather centre console armrest|
|First aid kit|
|Front side airbags|
|Fasten seatbelt reminder|
|Driver/Front Passenger airbags|
|Front head restraints|
|Split folding rear seat|
|Locking wheel nuts|
|Remote central locking|
|Thatcham Cat.1 alarm|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Tyre mobility system|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
Ten Second Review
Using less fuel and emitting less carbon dioxide than its petrol counterparts, the Audi TT TDI diesel would appear to be a greener alternative. However, you will pay an £1,100 premium over the quicker and more charismatic 2.0TFSI petrol models. Cost effective? That depends on your definition of the term...
The reason why diesel sporting cars have taken so long to establish a toe hold is one of perception. A coupe is all about slick excess. The very fact that you've paid more than the equivalent saloon for less space and more style should identify you as someone with the money to put fashion above economy. Sticking a diesel engine in it would tend to blow the gaff. That was the case in the past when a diesel engine was about as difficult to disguise as a horn growing out of your forehead. These days, things are very different, as the Audi TT TDI demonstrates. Powered by a smooth 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, there aren't too many clues that this car drinks from the black rather than the green pump. Available in both Coupe and Roadster guises, the TT TDI is an intriguing proposition but is it one that makes commercial sense?
The first question most will ask will be whether the TT TDI is quick enough. Clearly this depends on your definition of fast, but a sprint to 60mph in just 7.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140mph is a decent showing from this 169bhp engine. Quattro four wheel drive helps you get the power onto the tarmac too. Compare that with the 197bhp 2.0TFSI petrol TT quattro, which posts a sprint to 60mph in 6.6 seconds before running on to a top speed of 149mph, though bear in mind that the petrol car is also offered with the desirable twin-clutch S-tronic gearbox. Still, revving to 5,000rpm, this diesel engine is an impressive unit and the torque figure of 350Nm knocks the 2.0T petrol model's 280Nm into next week. Even the 3.2-litre V6 quattro models only manage 320Nm. Overtaking, therefore, is not a big problem for this diesel version. One of the more interesting options for the TT TDI are some very special dampers. Bear with me here, because I appreciate that dampers may not seem the most eye-catching part of the TT's specification sheet but they're well worth a mention. Press a button on the gearlever and a voltage is applied to tiny magnetic particles swimming in the damper oil, changing their polarity and, in turn, either firming up or softening the damper in milliseconds.
Design and Build
Apart from its quattro four-wheel drive, this TT is, in effect, not hugely different under the skin to a Volkswagen Golf GTD, which uses the same 170PS engine: or so you might think. Whereas the Golf uses steel for its suspension components, the TT uses expensive and lighter aluminium. What's more, Audi have pioneered a method of using aluminium and steel components in tandem with each other, overcoming the electrolytic corrosion issues that have plagued other manufacturers who have tinkered with this approach. Some 69 per cent of the body is aluminium with the other 31 per cent steel, which means that this diesel models weighs in at just 1,370kg in Coupe form. To put that figure into perspective, a Nissan 350Z weighs 1,545kg. The exterior styling looks no different to the petrol-engined cars and such is the refinement of modern diesel engines, it's doubtful passengers or passers by will notice.
Market and Model
Equipment levels for the TT 2.0 TDI quattro (there's no front-driven model) are strong and prices are very similar to wat you'd pay for the equivalent 200bhp 2.0TFSI TT quattro, a model that is, by virtually universal consent, the pick of the TT range. Where the TT TDI really differentiates itself is in offering a dfferent slant on coupe and roadster ownership. If you want all the style but need to pare back the ongoing running costs, the list of rivals isn't actually all that big. There''s the diesel version of the Peugeot 406 coupe, but that's neither agile enough nor wears the right badge to compete head on with the Audi. BMW and Mercedes don't have anything directly comparable, BMW in particular missing a huge trick by not putting the 282bhp twin turbo 3.0-litre diesel in the Z4 body. The Mercedes CLC is an improved package but lacks the dynamic tactility of a TT. Specification for UK TT TDI models includes 17-inch Trapez alloy wheels, leather and Alcantara sports seats, electronic climate control and a 140-watt MP3 compatible Audi Concert audio system. The Roadster features a fully automatic soft top and an integrated wind deflector.
Cost of Ownership
It's in calculating the overall cost of ownership that dictates whether the TT TDI is a viable proposition. It can't hope to match the 2.0T petrol model for speed or agility, but in offering 90 per cent of its capability at significantly lower ongoing costs, the TT TDI could make a case for itself. Certainly the fuel consumption figure of 53.3mpg looks eye-catching. Compare that to the 36.7mpg for the 2.0TFSI model and by the time you'd covered 12,000 miles, the average for first year ownership, you'd have saved £400 in fuel costs alone. Plus there are the stronger residual values of the diesel car weighing in its favour. And that's before you take into account the tax savings made in having a car that emits just 140g/km of carbon dioxide, compared to the 2.0TFSI's still creditable but hardly negligible 183g/km. Servicing costs will be slightly higher for the diesel car but over a typical three year ownership period, the diesel TT more than makes a case for itself in terms of pounds and pence.
Electric front windows, ABS, Speed sensitive power steering, Driver's information system, Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors, Aluminium interior trim, Auxiliary input socket, Twin exhaust pipes...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||7.5|
|Engine Power - BHP||170|
|Engine Power - KW||125|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||4200|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||258|
|Engine Torque - MKG||36|
|Engine Torque - NM||350|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1750|
|Emissions - ICE|
|CO2 (g/km)||139 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||73|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 4|
|Fuel Consumption - ICE|
|EC Combined (mpg)||53.3|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||65.7|
|EC Urban (mpg)||40.4|
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