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5 out of 5 stars

For Effortlessly stylish, great to drive and reliable, the Audi TT Roadster is a top-drawer drop-top

Against The TT is expensive to buy because residual values are high. No rear seats limit practicality while rear visibility is impaired with the hood up.

Verdict The Audi TT Roadster may be pricey but its solid build quality, reliability and handling make it worth the money

Go for… 2.0 TFSI

Avoid… 3.2 V6

Audi TT Roadster
  • 1. Lightweight aluminium chassis helps make TT nimble
  • 2. All models are well equipped, with climate control, stability control and half-leather seats as standard
  • 3. Regularly treat seats with leather cream to prevent excess wear
  • 4. Check to see if the brakes squeal during your testdrive
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Audi TT Roadster full review with expert trade views

Although it's not as visually arresting as the original TT Roadster, the newer model is a better car.

Usually, losing the roof effects the stiffness of a car's chassis, so the ride and handling suffers, or adds extra weight, but not so with the TT. Most of the bodywork is made from aluminium, making it light yet strong. This low weight gives the TT amazing agility and, combined with the peppy engine options, it's very fast in a straight line and grippy through the bends. The ride is firm, but not excessively so. Despite the performance, the TT is easy to drive and refined at low speeds. Wind buffeting isn't really a problem with the roof down.

The cabin feels solid and durable, and quality materials are used throughout. Unlike the Coupe version, there are no rear seats, as the electric hood takes up the space. Rear visibility is restricted with the roof up and the boot is a bit small, too.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Don't be put off the 2.0-litre 197bhp TFSI version. It feels more alert than the heavier V6, and sounds great under hard acceleration. The 3.2-litre 247bhp V6 is faster and comes with four-wheel drive as standard to make the most of the extra power.

In 2008 Audi introduced a 2.0-litre 168bhp TDI diesel TT. The smooth engine has got plenty of pull, so you can afford to be lazy with the gearchanges. It comes with quattro four-wheel drive as standard, but the best feature is the low 138g/km CO2 emissions.

The standard six-speed manual gearbox is slick and well matched to the engines, but the optional S-tronic semi-auto is slightly more fuel efficient and will change gear faster than you can. Some TTs also have the Magnetic Ride suspension system fitted, which can be used in Comfort or Sport settings, although the standard suspension is brilliant anyway.

Kit levels are good, with climate control, alloys, electronic stability control, curtain airbags and half-leather sports seats as standard. Metallic paint is essential for good residual values.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

The newer diesel is the most economical model with lower emissions, and therefore cheaper road tax, and official fuel economy of 53.3mpg. Second-hand values are high, though, so you'll pay a high price for one. The 2.0-litre petrol isn't excessive, with 36.7mpg and 183g/km of CO2, and better than the V6 model, at 27.4mpg and a high 247g/km of CO2.

A service history is essential, and with cars less than three years old, it's best to stick to franchised dealers. This will cost more, but you'll reap the benefits when it's time to sell the car on. There's a good selection of quality independent garages who will care for older cars.

So far the second-generation TT is proving durable, with few reliability problems. However, it's hard to know how it will fare long-term. The original TT can become troublesome in later life.

This is a sports coupe so insurance premiums reflect that. The TT is rated at either group 17 or 18 so budget accordingly.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor

Owners are generally very happy with their cars, and there are few reported faults.

The leather seats can wear quickly - particularly the side bolsters of the seat base. You can help prevent excess wear by regularly applying a quality leather cream, but it can't restore the seat if it's already badly worn.

The front brakes can make a squealing noise, although it doesn't appear to reduce the brakes performance. There is no exact cause and sometimes only replacing the brake pads cures it.

A few dashboard and glovebox rattles can appear over time and the door seals can whistle and higher speeds. Poor-quality paintwork has also been reported, although it is rare.

Trade view

Don't be put off the 2.0 197bhp TFSI engine. It's more alert than the V6 and sounds great under acceleration.

Matt Sanger
What Car?'s Used Car Editor
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