Audi TT Roadster review

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Audi TT Roadster
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11 Dec 2015 12:06 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:04

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Since 1999, the Audi TT Roadster has provided open-topped motoring for fashionistas everywhere. The combination of striking good looks, a high-quality interior and reasonable running costs has meant that the TT is now into its third generation. Unlike its hardtop 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 roof. 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.

A range of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines are available with manual or automatic gearboxes and front or four-wheel drive. There’s also a hot TT RS that gets its very own review. Even the basic ones aren’t slow, however.

Read on for our full review including driving impressions, costs and our pick of the range.

 

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This is our favourite trim. You get air-conditioning, Alcantara and leather seats, rear parking sensors, xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB socket and a DAB radio. However, yo...View trim
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This trim adds a more aggressive bodykit over the Sport, along with full-LED headlights, 19in alloys, adjustable lumbar support and automatic lights and wipers. You still have to pay extra for clim...View trim
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The powerful TTS is more of a bespoke model than a trim level. It gets a similarly generous equipment list to the S line versions, but adds Audi’s magnetic ride, which lets you stiffen or soften th...View trim
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Just like the S line Black Edition; black 19in wheels, black highlights for the bumpers and grille and black door mirrors are added. You also get a wind deflector and a B&O stereo...View trim
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The range-topping trim, and it's suitably well equipped as standard. Features such as leather sports seats, climate control, a part-Alcantara steering wheel,. Bluetooth, DAB radio, sat-nav, USB con...View trim
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