Carbuyer UK is an automotive publication that focuses on consumers more so than it does enthusiasts. There’s good reason for that, though. Most automotive publications cater to enthusiasts, so often times they will deem a car good based on criteria that 90 percent of consumers will actually use. Things like 0-60 mph times, quarter-mile times and lateral g-forces dominate most automotive publications’ test results. This sort of lets the customer down, as those are not good metrics to determine how a car actually is in everyday life.
But CarBuyer can generally give insight into how a car really is in the real world and actually critiques things that customers might actually use. So when CarBuyer talks sports car, you can listen to them as the sports cars they like are cars that are both fun and usable every day.
In their latest video, CarBuyer lists its top ten best sports cars on sale right now. There are several things that factor into putting a car on this list. Performance, practicality, economy, price and, most importantly, fun. Cars with the best combination of all of these things make the list. Surprisingly, a certain Audi made the list. It’s not surprising that an Audi made the list, as Audi has been making great sports cars for ages now. What is surprising is which Audi made the list.
When people think of sporty Audis, their minds typically go to anything with an RS badge, like an RS4 or RS5, say. So when CarBuyer says the Audi TT is one of the ten best sports cars on the market right now, it turned our heads a bit. We recently drove an Audi TT, with the 2.0 liter TFSI engine, the seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, and thought it was very good. We didn’t get enough seat time to figure if it was one of the best sports cars on the road, but from our brief drive, we wouldn’t protest the deceleration. However, it’s still shocking that it made the list, especially considering some of the other cars that made the list, like the Porsche 911 and Cayman and the BMW M4 and i8.
Those aforementioned cars are always up high on lists of great sports cars, so the TT being considered among them is a high compliment. But what’s even more impressive is its placement. Third. That’s right, the Audi TT took bronze in CarBuyer’s Top 10 sports car list. That means they consider the TT to be better than both BMWs, both Porsche’s and even the Jaguar F-Type Coupe. Unfortunately, the TT lost out to both the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT-86 (Scion FR-S in America), due to the fact that they both offer excellent fun at a fraction of the cost of the other cars on the list.
But third is a mighty impressive placement for Audi on this list and the folks in Ingolstadt should be proud. We knew the new Audi TT was good, but we didn’t know it was that good.