The entry-level 1.8-litre engine in the TT Roadster range doesn’t feel underpowered, being happy to rev and pulling hard from low down in its range. Its linear power delivery, peppy performance and affordable running costs mean it’s our favourite engine in the range.
However, the 2.0-litre petrol version is well worth considering; it feels fast at almost any revs, and will hit 62mph in a shade over 6.0 seconds. It is available in both front and four-wheel drive form, and although the latter will ultimately accelerate quicker, the four-wheel-drive system only really comes into its own when the roads are damp and slippery.
The 306bhp, four-wheel drive TTS, accelerates almost as quickly as a Porsche 911 Cabriolet but it’s expensive and not as much fun as a similarly priced Porsche Cayman. At the top of the range sits the TT RS, which has a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine that produces 394bhp. If you’re interested in that, then click here as the RS gets its very own review.
At the other end of the scale is the TDI diesel, which is still quick. In fact, in most situations it feels virtually as quick as the entry-level petrol thanks to its muscular medium-rev shove.