Audi TT Roadster

The Essentials

  • Price from £25,320
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 51.4mpg
  • What is it? A convertible that's as good to look at as it is to drive. Better still, it's reasonably priced so it's a sensible buy

Great

  • Easy yet rewarding to drive
  • Gorgeous looks whether the roof is up or down
  • A sound investment and affordable to run

Gripes

  • Not quite as thrilling to drive as a Porsche Boxster
  • Rear visibility isn't brilliant
  • Curtain airbags aren't included
  • Drive

    So quick and responsive you'll wish every journey was a lot longer

  • Inside

    The quality you'd expect from a five-star establishment

  • Safety

    Front and side airbags, and stability control to help keep you safe in a swerve

  • Reliability

    Feels solid as a rock; mixed reliability reports

  • Space

    Great for two people with limited luggage: the kids and dog will have to take the train

  • Standard and extras

    Alloys and climate control are standard, upgrade for sat-nav and parking sensors

  • What's it like to drive?

    Driving an Audi TT Roadster is like having a head-to-toe makeover: it'll make you feel fabulous. Even roofless the car feels as solid as the coupe, and grips fearlessly to the road. Avoid the bigger wheels if you want a smoother, quieter ride.
    Better still, we reckon the two-wheel drive 2.0-litre engine with 208bhp is the pick of the range, so theres no need to splash the cash on a more powerful version. If you don't like grappling with gearboxes, try the six-speed S Tronic direct-shift which acts like an automatic.
    With the roof down you'll need to raise your voice at higher speeds, but why not enjoy the sporty engine note instead?

  • What's it like inside?

    Everything's geared towards making you feel glamorous, right down to the sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel and sumptuous faux-suede and leather seats. There's plenty of space up front, but don t try to squeeze anyone in the back seats - this car's definitely meant for two.
    Tiny mirrors and windows don't help the view out, but you can improve matters in seconds by dropping the roof - a swift and elegant performance. And the good news is that the boot space isn't reduced by folding the roof. If you're tall you may have to sit low to avoid a dramatic hair restyle, but an electric wind-blocker keeps the worst draughts at bay. Every TT comes with alloy wheels and climate control.

  • How reliable is it?

    The TT was Audi's best-performing model in the 2012 What Car? reliability survey, but Audi wasn't a strong performer and owners rated it below average for reliability in the JD Power customer survey.
    Safety kit is decent, with stability control and four airbags on all models. However curtain airbags aren't even an option. The latest TT hasn't been crash tested.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Audi TT isn't too expensive to insure or drive - provided you don't put your foot down too hard. Fuel consumption could be as good as 51.4mpg, but push it and you'll get through both fuel and tyres all too quickly. Contract hire costs are reasonable, too. If you can bear to part with it, there will be plenty of takers so you shouldn't lose too much money.