Nearly-new buying guide: Audi TT (Mk3)

A facelift came in 2018. Major styling tweaks (reworked bumpers and new alloy wheels) were limited to the S line and TT S models but all versions got software updates to the virtual cockpit display. The 20 Years Edition also arrived. More dramatic, Audi took a knife to the range, lopping off the diesel and the 1.8 TFSI.

The line-up now opens with the front-wheel-drive 194bhp 40 TFSI (note Audi’s new badging), followed by the 242bhp 45 TFSI quattro, the 302bhp TT S and the 395bhp RS.

S line, Sport and, from 2016, Black Edition are the major trims but S line, with its larger alloy wheels, LED lights, sweeping indicators and special styling, strikes the best balance between price and kit.

The cheapest approved used TTs, backed by a 12-month warranty, begin at £15,500 for a 55,000-mile 2015-reg 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport coupé. We’d go for one of the petrols but, if you do the mileage and fancy a deal, there are enough diesel TTs out there that you may just have dealers eating out of your hand.

Need to know

The TT marked its 20th anniversary in 2018 and, to celebrate, Audi released the imaginatively named TT 20 Years. Only 150 were made available and, new, it cost from £45,345. However, you can find nearly new ones from £39,000.

Depending on condition, options and ownership history, a quattro TT can actually be cheaper than a front-wheel-drive model. For example, we found a black 2015/15-reg 2.0 TFSI S line auto with 50,000 miles for £19,490 and a quattro version of the same age and colour, and with the same mileage, for £19,000.

Try TTs with and without larger wheels and with and without the optional Magnetic Ride dampers to see what works best for you.

Our Pick

Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 230PS S Line Coupé: It can do 0-62mph in 6.0sec and is plenty powerful enough for the TT’s middling chassis. A 45,000-mile 2015-reg example will cost around £18,000.

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