Although it's one of the oldest cars in this category, we think the TT Roadster is still the best at this price point. Rivals such as the BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK can't match its exceptional all-round abilities, or beat it for value for money.
It's best to keep things simple with the TT. Our favourite model has a relatively modest 208bhp petrol engine that's wonderfully flexible, eager to rev and sounds fantastic. We prefer the front-wheel-drive model; the handling is brilliant, with bags of grip and steering that tells you exactly what's going on. Four-wheel-drive versions are costlier, heavier and not quite as agile.
It's no coincidence that the interiors of Audi's latest models have been heavily influenced by the TT's, which remains one of most stylish and classy around. There's plenty of space for two in the cabin and refinement is good, roof up or down.
For all its emotive appeal, the TT Roadster is a rational choice: fuel economy is respectable and outstanding resale values mean you can buy it without worrying about depreciation.