The TT Roadster is the soft-top version of Audi’s smallest coupe. Unlike its hard-top equivalent, the Roadster has only two seats, but otherwise it has most of the same virtues.
Its main rivals are the BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLC, although unlike those cars the TT Roadster has a fabric hood rather than a folding metal hood. That might sound less secure, but it makes the Audi lighter, which in turns means it’s faster and more agile. The TT is also classier inside than its rivals, more practical and should hold on to its value better. Its hood is also seriously quick to do its business; we timed it at just nine seconds from up to fully down.
Most buyers are best off sticking with the 227bhp 2.0 TFSI petrol in Sport trim, but we wouldn’t try to talk you out of the quattro (four-wheel-drive) version if you want better traction in slippery conditions. The S tronic automatic gearbox changes gear rapidly, but it can be a bit jerky when parking; unless you really need an automatic, we’d stick with the six-speed manual.
The range-topping TTS is phenomenally quick in a straight line, but for similar money you could buy the brilliant Porsche Boxster, which is an even more accomplished roadster.