The original 1999 TT marked a new start for Audi. It was one of the cars that turned the German brand into the all-conquering powerhouse it is today.
That’s why the Which? Car team has taken a look back at the stylish coupé and put it through our in-depth lab tests to see if it still makes a good used buy.
Audi TT: a style classic
The first-generation Audi TT went on sale in 1999 and lasted until 2006. It immediately made a huge impact thanks to its concept-car looks.
It was not only the amazing exterior styling that seduced buyers, it was the TT’s strong sporty credentials and meticulously crafted interior. Two body styles were offered: a 2+2 coupé and a two-seat roadster.
Audi only offered this first-generation TT with petrol engines – diesel would not arrive until 2006 in the Mk2 TT. While the original TT’s petrol engines offer very strong performance, it is at the expense of heavy fuel consumption.
The chassis – either front-wheel drive or, more commonly, four-wheel drive – is safe rather than fun.
While it’s quick and safe, the old TT doesn’t offer the same levels of driving entertainment as some rivals.
However, with some models available for less than £4,000, anyone interested in a sporty used car should give the TT some thought.