The outgoing Audi TTS is probably the least appreciated car built on the old PQ35 platform from Volkswagen, which also underpins the S3 hatch and the Golf 6 R. And yet it’s also the sleekest and the fastest. Thanks to a turbocharged 2.0 TFSI driving all four wheels, the TTS takes 5.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h and is electronically limited to the same 250 km/h as an M3 or C63 AMG. Up until recently, this was the fastest 2-liter tech Audi had to offer and it's not available at a huge discout.
Not only that, but it’s quite economical considering the outdated technology it uses and the all-wheel drive: 10.6 liters per 100 km in the city… if you’re really careful. The TTS is supposedly no as fun to drive as other Audi sportscars because it’s essentially a glorified FWD car. But isn’t that still better than a Clio RS?
Because the TTS hasn’t managed the same cult following as the Golf GTI, it’s cheap to buy. We found a whole bunch of them for sale on the usual online auction website, starting from around €19,000. Oh sure, they’ve got lots of kilometers/miles on the odometer, but that just shows you how usable these little coupes are. You very rarely see a Clio RS with over 100k that’s only 4 years old because people just can’t drive them on longer journeys.
You can even get a TTS Roadster for about €20-€24,000 if that’s what you need to convince the misses, but it’s not going to have a lot of luggage capacity. And best of all, most of the models we found are very well equipped with climatronic, leather and mostly S tronic automatic gearboxes. Remember, you're no buying a €40,000 at a 50% discout, you're buying a €40,000 that's been beaten down to half its value, but Audis can take a pounding. And yet whatever you do, don’t tune the engine if you expect it to last!