The Audi TT Roadster combines the iconic silhouette of the TT Coupé with the pleasures of open-top driving. As brilliant to drive as its sibling, with the same road-focused cabin, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the UK’s best-selling soft-tops.
The latest TT has sharpened its looks to emphasise the ever-more sporting handling characteristics. The Roadster boasts a practical and lightweight fabric roof that folds and disappears behind the driver in under 10 seconds. The roof comes in three colour options, each chosen by Audi to co-ordinate harmoniously with the many paint options available.
All TT Roadsters ride on stylish alloy wheels, with the S Line trim upgrading the 18-inch rims to 19-inchers. The S Line trim also adds a body styling package, and to complete the more aggressive look you can also have the ride height lowered by 10mm.
A cute rear spoiler on the tail deploys and retracts at a set speed or manually at the touch of a button, while bright Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights illuminate the road ahead.
No doubt about it, the TT Roadster’s interior has the wow factor. It’s exquisitely well-built from premium materials throughout, with a minimalist design which emphasises that the focus is on driving. Both trim levels feature a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel that you can adjust to find the perfect driving position, air conditioning and Alcantara/leather upholstery on the front seats.
There’s a conveniently-shaped boot with ample space for shopping trips or a couple of weekend bags. An optional wind deflector can be specified to reduce draughts in the interior, so you’ll look as poised on arrival at your destination as you did when you set out of the door. You can even have a microphone added to the driver’s seatbelt so you can still be heard while taking hands-free calls with the roof down.
The full engine line-up from the TT Coupé has been carried across to the Roadster, meaning you can choose from three four-cylinder units. If you prefer petrol, there are turbocharged 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI engines with 178bhp and 227bhp respectively. The 1.8 will sprint to 60mph in under 7.2 seconds, while the 2.0-litre is around a second faster.
The 2.0 TDI ‘Ultra’ diesel option is fractionally (and we mean fractionally) slower away from the lights, but muscular mid-range torque means in-gear acceleration makes overtaking easy. Extremely impressive 121g/km CO2 emissions will appeal if you’re buying a company car, especially once you hear it can achieve over 60mpg.
An optional six-speed S tronic gearbox is available in the 2.0 TFSI, which can also be combined with Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system to improve grip and handling even further.
Audi drive select means you can alter the driving manners of the TT Roadster to suit the occasion, subtly changing the throttle and steering responses. Comfort mode will make longer drives less tiring and Dynamic mode tightens up the handling to make the most of twisting roads.
The TT Roadster features the impressive Audi Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the traditional analogue dials with a giant 12.3-inch TFT screen that displays everything from speed and revs to phone and audio information.
Audi’s MMI radio system is fitted as standard and can be controlled with both a rotary dial and touch-sensitive pad. It’s ready to be paired with your Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone so you can stream music from the internet and create a perfect soundtrack. Satellite navigation can also be specified as an option as part of the Technology pack, offering detailed three-dimensional directions via the Virtual Cockpit.
The TT Roadster comes with many safety features as standard, including front impact airbags, Cruise Control and a tyre pressure loss indicator to let you know if you have a slow puncture.
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