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2014 Audi TT Review

If you read car reviews regularly you will be familiar with the sort of guff that reviewers tend to write when trying to describe a new car. We can’t just say it is metal, or it is shiny, or it is car shaped. Instead we have to find convoluted metaphors so as to cement not only a picture of the vehicle, but also our self-purpose as reviewers. Why? I don’t know, but I do it anyway even despite the potential to slip into a Jeremy Clarkson-esque “If this car were a woman…” parody.

To bring that meandering paragraph back to point, I recently read a description of the new Audi TT in which the vehicle was described as ‘Bauhaus-inspired’. What exactly is supposed to connect this two-door coupe with a modernist German School of Art and Design of the 1920s and 30s I have no idea. I for one would welcome a truly modernist car; one which rejected the realist notion of the car and instead parodied it with a simplified angular vehicle that contravened perspective and had all its wheels on one side and one massive door, but alas the new Audi TT is not it.

The new 2014 Audi TT

The new 2014 Audi TT

Instead the 2014 Audi TT is a nice metal car. Ok that perhaps is not doing the vehicle justice. It is a very good looking coupe, rounded and curved with pronounced wheel arches and a smooth subtle finish. It looks good, as you would expect from a TT, and that extends to the inside too where you will find high quality materials in use throughout, and a new slimmer dashboard where Audi have incorporated the central multimedia interface into the driver’s instrument panel, creating a multi-faceted display screen that seems straight out of a turn of the Millennium arcade driving simulator.

As for the drive itself it comes powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 litre turbocharged powertrain that gives a reported 211 horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque. Going from stationary to 60mph in 5.3 seconds, should you ever find a situation where that needs to happen it has an inner-city fuel economy of about 22 miles per gallon. The new TT is much lighter than predecessors, 60kg to be specific. The weight loss means better fuel economy and handling where you know that you can throw the car into corners and it will stick thanks to its 4 wheel drive.

The Audi's New look Cockpit.

The Audi’s New look Cockpit.

With Audi’s high-tech magnetic ride damper system available as an option this could well be the smoothest TT you’ve ever driven. Don’t believe me? Well get yourself some one day car insurance in place and take a TT for a test drive when they hit the market later this year.

Ultimately then this is a great and much anticipated car; so spare the marketing spiel – the unnecessary flim-flam of Bauhaus and whatever else, and just enjoy it for what it is.


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