Audi TT Roadster Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
WE LOVE THE tin-top Audi TT – our Coupé of the Year – and from May, sunshine fans will also be able to buy the fabric-roofed Roadster version powered by this new 2.0-litre diesel engine.
It produces 182bhp, enough to take the car through the 0-62mph sprint in 7.3 seconds. There’s also plenty of low-rev shove, making the TT Roadster relaxing to drive when you’re in the mood to sit back and cruise.
The TDI is front-wheel drive but the traction control cuts in only under hard acceleration on wet roads. The six-speed manual gearbox is a pleasure to use.
Drives as well as the Coupe
The handling is nicely balanced and body movements remain well damped over crests and through tight turns. The accurate, variable-rate steering makes the TT drop-top easy to place on the road.
S line trim lowers the ride height and adds lgin alloy wheels; these result in the odd thump over deep potholes. However, the ride is otherwise Arm but compliant.
That said, we’d recommend the Sport model on standard suspension and 18in wheels.
It has a great ride and handling balance, while the optional adaptive dampers just seem like an unnecessary expense.
The cabin is comfortable. The two supportive seats offer plenty of adjustment so it’s easy to And a driving position to suit most builds. Interior surfaces are either textured, soft-touch plastics or aluminium trim, giving the cabin a genuinely premium feel.
Overall, the Audi TT TDI Roadster feels sporty, refined and easy to drive, whether you’re hustling down fast country roads or merely mooching around town.
The diesel engine is efficient enough to make the TT a fine, business mile-muncher. Its C02 emissions of Ii4g/km give it a benefit-in-kind (BIK) rating of 20%, so a higher-rate taxpayer will pay £213 per month for the Sport.
The Roadster’s only real diesel competition comes from the Mercedes SLK CDI and BMW 220d Convertible. The BMW might have a bigger 335-litre boot and two rear seats but the TT Roadster is by far the easiest to recommend.