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New Audi TT 2.0 TDI from £239
posted on Jun 14 2009 by Kyle McWilton
We have secured 20 Brilliant Black and 10 Ibis White cars, all with Black Leather/Alcantara interiors, exclusively for our customers. Orders must be placed by 15th July or whilst stocks last. Cars will be ready for delivery on the new 59 Plate in September. For the last 10 years, Audi has also produced one of the most popular small coups: the TT.
The engineers have now finally been able to bring together the Audi TT and TDI engine together and offer them for sale in the UK. The second-generation two-door arrived two years ago, but rising pump prices are minimising diesel's economic benefits. So, has Audi missed a trick Let's look at the running costs first. The 2.0-litre unit officially returns 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 139g/km of CO2 while the manufacturer's equivalent petrol TFSI motor posts figures of 36.7mpg and 183g/km respectively. At current fuel prices, owners could save about 700 over the course of 12,000 miles with a TDI. Road tax is 50 cheaper, as the oil-burner sits two bands lower (in Band C), while higher-rate company drivers will save an additional 500-plus a year.
Under hard acceleration, there's a pleasing overtone of turbo whistle and an engaging exhaust note, although the unit still sounds slightly gruff. The pay-off is the massive 350Nm of torque the engine produces. What's more, it's available from only 1,750rpm. Mid-range punch is impressive, making the TT feel significantly more powerful than its 168bhp output would suggest. The driving position is low and comfortable. Away from the congestion of urban traffic, the TT is a superb motorway cruiser. Whether using the car for short or long hauls, drivers can enjoy top-notch cabin quality.
As you might expect from a machine with Audi's quattro four-wheel drive, the TT grips the road well, and displays a reassuring tendency to understeer on the limit. Even though the diesel engine weighs more than a petrol powerplant, the car doesn't feel nose heavy, either. If maximum flash for minimum cash is your goal, this is the TT to go for. It has all the appeal of the petrol models and most of the refinement, while being very frugal. And with all that torque, you can make the most of it, particularly for daily driving.