Used Audi TT Roadster 2006 - 2014 review

Category: Sports car

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

Audi TT Roadster (06 - 14)
  • Audi TT Roadster (06 - 14)
  • Audi TT Roadster (06 - 14)
Used Audi TT Roadster 2006 - 2014 review
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What's the used Audi TT sports like?

Although it's not as visually arresting as the original Audi 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 Audi TT Roadster may be pricey but its solid build quality, reliability and handling make it worth the money

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

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 interior 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.

Ownership cost

What used Audi TT sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Audi TT sports?

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 and you need to budget accordingly.

Our recommendations

Which used Audi TT sports should I buy?

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.

Equipment 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.

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