Audi TT 2006-2014 used car review

The Audi TT is a sports car that offers enough comfort to make it usable every day.

Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards
Expert Reviewer | Auto Media Group

The Audi TT is a sports car that offers enough comfort to make it usable every day. It is expensive to service.

Exterior , 4 out of 5 Drive , 4 out of 5 Value , 2 out of 5 Interior , 3.5 out of 5

Overall score , 3.4 out of 5

The good
  • Comfortable yet sporty to drive
  • Excellent engine performance, excellent sound
  • Premium feel to the interior
The not-so-good
  • A lack of rear seat and boot space reduces practicality
  • Steep service and repair costs

The original Audi TT was launched in the late 1990s as a quirky small sports car. It shares its chassis and some components with the Volkswagen Golf GTi. By the second generation, the quirky looks had been softened, making it a stylish small sports coupe - with the option of a convertible “Roadster” version. Aluminium used for some body panels makes the vehicle lighter. Although it’s a German car, the TT is assembled in Hungary.

Inside and out

The second generation TT retains the basic shape of the first - with a low, arched roof and rounded tail - though it looks crisper and less “droopy”. At the front is Audi’s family grille, which cuts deep into the sporty bumper. The V6 features chunky, sporty 18-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, a spoiler hidden under the bottom edge of the tailgate can be raised at the push of a button or will do so automatically at highway speeds. The front door windows are frameless.

You need to lower yourself into the TT because it sits low to the ground. The interior is sporty, much the same as any Audi of the time, with chrome-ringed, red-lit gauges in a round pod. The steering wheel features a flat bottom for a sporty feel. The air vents across the dash also follow the circular theme and are trimmed in metal.

Our review vehicle was fitted with a touchscreen infotainment system which will require a band expander to receive local stations. This does not look as nice as the well-integrated standard stereo. The handbrake is in an awkward position to the left of the centre console.

The front seats are excellent, with standard leather, thick cushions and bolsters that do an excellent job of keeping you in place around corners. The seats are also electrically adjustable and heated. The rear seats are best for short, occasional use by small people - there is little headroom and virtually no legroom. They look nice but the seatback is too upright to offer much comfort. To access them a lever at the top of the front passenger seat tilts and slides it forward.

The boot isn’t practical either. It is shallow and would struggle to fit a single large suitcase or two small ones. Soft luggage would make the most of the space. However, the rear seats do fold down to expand space to a reasonable level if required.

On the road

Two sizes of engine were offered in this generation TT: a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol in three different power outputs, and a 3.2-litre six-cylinder petrol. A 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine was not offered in New Zealand or Japan, though a few appear to have made it here from Australia or the United Kingdom. The 3.2-litre engine in our review vehicle produces 184kW and 320Nm of power.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting paddles on the steering wheel. The engine delivers excellent performance in what is a small car - it will sprint from 0-100kmh in under six seconds. It is quiet when cruising, then sounds throaty and sporty when pushed hard. We did experience some driveline refinement issues though we suspect that might have been down to a transmission issue.

The TT’s handling is also impressive. It rides reasonably comfortably and feels flat and firm through corners with excellent grip, thanks to the all-wheel drive system. The suspension adapts to conditions by changing how firm it is and can be switched into a firmer sports mode. 

The steering is responsive yet it lacks a little feel for what is a sporty car.

Visibility in all directions is not high in the TT - as is normal for a low-slung sports car. Most New Zealand-new 3.2 and TT RS models have parking sensors fitted and Japanese cars are often equipped with an optional reversing camera - they were not sold with them as standard.

Audi does not recommend you tow a trailer with the TT.


The Audi TT has a reasonable record of reliability for a European car of its time, with the six-cylinder considered better than four-cylinder versions in this area. The engine uses a timing chain which will not require regular replacement although there have been a few reports of chain failure so make sure you listen out for rattles or engine check lights when you shop. Four-cylinder models use a cambelt.

Ask if the water pump has been replaced - this needs to be done around every 100,000km. The pumps have plastic impellers which can be fragile.

The most significant issues are with the dual-clutch transmissions which have been subject to recalls worldwide.

Widespread complaints include failure to shift, harsh shift patterns, loss of ratios and excessive shudder. Walk away if the transmission in the Audi you are looking at shifts harshly or shudders on take-off. Repair out of warranty is costly so we firmly recommend any purchase is accompanied by an extended mechanical breakdown insurance policy.

The Quattro system is reliable, provided it is monitored and serviced correctly by an Audi dealer or specialist workshop.

Electric window regulators can fail and genuine replacements are not cheap. Used parts are hard to find, though this component can be purchased online for a saving. Door handle failure is another weak point.

Flickering or juddering electronic needles on the instrument panel are a sure sign that the unit is malfunctioning, an expensive component to source, recalibrate and fit to the TT. Check the panel carefully for any loss of display lighting too.

If you’re looking at the Roadster model, check the hood functions correctly.

Water ingress over time can cause failures in the electrical control units ending up with either the roof not working at all or intermittent faults when opening or closing. This model TT is not known to be particularly watertight so look carefully on floor surfaces, under carpets, mats and boot wells for any sign of moisture or water damage.

Water can seep into the electrical circuitry and corrode the rear taillight terminals so make sure they are operating as they should, including indicator lamps, stop lights and brake lights.

Make sure all speakers and amplifier components are working properly on models that have the BOSE factory-installed audio system. Replacement speakers or amps are extremely difficult and expensive to source.


RightCar lists the TT as having a four-star ANCAP rating (2003–2013). Although the rating technically only applies to New Zealand-new models, the safety specifications are the same. They include driver and passenger airbags, side airbags that protect both the body and head for front and rear-seat passengers, traction control, electronic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution and emergency brake assist.

ISOFIX child seat mounts and top tethers are found on both rear seats although only smaller seats and children will fit.

Cost of ownership

Audi recommends servicing the six-cylinder TT every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. This service costs $676. Four-cylinder models have cambelts so take this into account when you shop. The dual-clutch gearbox will require a service every 60,000km at a cost of up to $1,000.

RightCar estimates that over 14,000km of driving a year, a six-cylinder TT will cost $2,770 to fuel - which is great when you consider the performance on offer. The 60-litre fuel tank will cost $120 to fill and should take you 550km before the fuel light comes on.

A vehicle licence for the TT costs $76.20 a year, with the car in the cheapest ACC levy group.

Trade Me Insurance estimates insurance for a TT valued at $18,490 will cost $62.61* per month. It is important to get a good comprehensive policy for the TT - the aluminium body components need special attention for repairs and this can be costly.

Buyers' guide

On Trade Me, Audi TTs range from $12,000 to $59,000. New Zealand-new cars, Roadsters and special editions are worth the most.

An S-Line package was commonly fitted, which includes sports leather seats, sports trim and an alternative spoiler. Special editions were occasionally sold, such as the Limited, Plus and Competition, which added additional styling and performance options.

New Zealand-new base models were front-wheel drive only while Quattro all-wheel drive is an option on all levels in Japan and standard on the 3.2.

Japanese models

  • 1.8TFSI - Powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine. Features leather sports seats, leather steering wheel, CD player stereo with nine-speakers, rain-sensing wipers, climate control air-conditioning and 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • 2.0 TFSI - Powered by a 2-litre turbocharged engine. Adds 18-inch wheels.
  • 3.2 Quattro - Powered by a 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. Adds electric seat adjustment, sports interior time and adaptive “magnetic ride” suspension.

NZ models

  • 2.0 TFSI - Powered by a 2-litre turbocharged engine. Features leather sports seats, leather steering wheel, CD player stereo with nine speakers, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning and 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • 3.2 Quattro - Powered by a 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. Adds electric seat adjustment, heated front seats, sports interior trim, parking sensors and adjustable suspension.
  • TT-S Quattro - Powered by a high-output 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Features wider guards, upgraded brakes, “Sports” mode system, 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, aluminium trim, LED lighting and coloured leather trim.

Other models

A very small number of TTs have found their way to New Zealand from Europe - usually the United Kingdom. They come in similar model lines and they also have the option of a 2-litre turbocharged diesel engine.


  • 2006 Launched globally
  • 2007 Convertible model added
  • 2008 TT-S introduced. In New Zealand, it replaces 3.2 model.
  • 2009 1.8-litre engine introduced in Japan
  • 2010 2-litre models get more power
  • 2014 Replaced by new model


Review vehicle

2006 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro


$12,000 to $30,000 for models which have travelled 70,000 to 120,000km


3.2-litre six-cylinder, 184kW/320Nm (claimed)


Six-speed dual-clutch automatic, all-wheel drive

Safety rating

Four-star ANCAP rating (NZ model)


15,000km or twelve months

Spare wheel

Space saver

Fuel economy

9.9-litres per 100km (claimed)

Fuel type








Turning circle


This review covers the Audi TT for model years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Review vehicle supplied by Turners Cars.

*Our insurance estimates are based on a 35-year-old male with no accidents in the last two years, garaging the car in Mission Bay, Auckland. The car is not used for business and will cover 10,000km to 20,000km a year. We estimate with no option add-ons and $500 excess. Customise your estimate at Trade Me Insurance.

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