Audi TT Roadster review

Category: Sports car

Section: Performance & drive

Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior dashboard
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior seats
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior driver display
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front tracking
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear right tracking
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 right static
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front left static
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear right static
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 headlight detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear lights detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior dashboard
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior seats
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior driver display
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front tracking
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear right tracking
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front cornering
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 right static
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 front left static
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear right static
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 headlight detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 rear lights detail
  • Audi TT Roadster 2022 interior detail
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Considering that it’s the entry-level Audi TT Roadster engine, the 197bhp, 2.0-litre  40 TFSI certainly doesn’t feel underpowered. In fact, it pulls hard from low down in its rev range, and its linear power delivery, peppy performance and affordable running costs mean it’s our favourite in the range. However, the front wheels occasionally struggle for grip on slippery roads, because the 40 TFSI is available only with front-wheel drive.

The mid-range 2.0-litre petrol (badged 45 TFSI) is essentially the same engine but with added power, and it enables the TT Roadster to hit 62mph in 6.1sec. Its extra power is mostly found towards the higher reaches of the rev counter, so, while ultimately quicker when worked hard, it won’t make a huge difference in everyday driving. This engine is available with front-wheel drive or Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system. This really comes into its own when the roads are damp and slippery, allowing rocket-like launches from 0-62 mph in 5.2sec.

Suspension and ride comfort

Chopping the roof off a car doesn’t usually do its ride comfort any favours, because the whole body tends to become a bit loose and wobbly without a fixed roof to hold things together. Thankfully, that’s not the case at all with the TT Roadster. In fact, it’s remarkably stiff for a drop-top, so going over bumps results in just a tiny amount of scuttle shake – a phenomenon where the bodywork ahead of the driver vibrates and shimmies on rough road surfaces. This is something that pretty much every convertible suffers from to some degree.

The standard suspension (fitted to Sport and S line models) gives a firm but generally comfortable ride, and even the S line’s optional sports set-up doesn’t make things too bumpy. It’s worth avoiding the temptation of large wheels (up to 20in items are available) if you value comfort over sporty looks, because they make the ride much harsher.

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