Roadster Sport Edition 40 TFSI S tronic
seen, never forgotten.
Like all true classics, the iconic Audi
TT is instantly recognizable. In its
current incarnation its
rich in kerb
appeal and serves up an entertaining
and engaging drive...
FOR SPORTS CAR AFICIONADOS there's more good news: with prices ranging
from £34K and topping out around the £70K mark, there's certain to be one for
you in the TT line-up. The range covers both Coupe and Roadster models and for
those who crave a double-shot of adrenaline with their daily performance fix,
there's always the TT RS versions with 395bhp and 0-62 acceleration in 3.7 seconds.
We've just spent seven nights and eight days behind the wheel of the petrol-drinking
2.0-litre TT drop-top. One of these Roadster models will set you back £36K and
for that you'll get 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, a top speed of 151mph, and a combined
40.4mpg confirming the official figure, a week of enjoyably spirited
driving in our rag-top TT resulted in an overall test average of 39.7mpg. And
a 200+ mile run from Gatwick to Plymouth saw a best of 47.8mpg. All of these
are definitely numbers to smile about.
a convertible so naturally the very first thing you'll do is drop that top!
And it's as easily done as thought push the button between the seats
and in ten seconds flat there will be nothing above your head but blue sky.
Even on wintery days when the scenery is more grey-and-white the Roadster's
cabin remains a cosy and bluster-free place to be.
week of enjoyably
spirited driving in our
rag-top TT resulted in
an overall test average
And a 200+ mile run
from Gatwick to
Plymouth saw a best
Add to that 0-62
acceleration in 6.9
seconds and a top
speed of 151mph.
All definitely numbers
to smile about...
With the windows up and the powered mesh wind-blocker behind the rear seats
raised you'll be as snug as the proverbial bug. Even at motorway speeds you
can cheerfully converse with your front passenger without shouting. In fact,
one of the best driving experiences is a long journey undertaken at night. The
blacker the better. Topless, bien sūr!
In the daylight the cabin is a joy to behold and successfully stands comparison
with those of sports cars costing twice as much. Built using high-quality materials
including patterned satin alloy, the cockpit is made even better by the fact
that everything is in exactly the right place. If you've previously been driving
a new or nearly new car the first thing you might note as you settle behind
the TT's sporty, flat-bottomed wheel is that there's no touchscreen standing
slap bang in the middle of the dash.
Believe me, this is a Good Thing because all elements of the navigation and
infotainment are displayable on the 12.3-inch digital screen filling the drivers
instrument panel (AKA Audi's 'Virtual' Cockpit). This arrangement also benefits
the fascia which is free of any clutter and home to five stylish, beautifully
engineered air vents underscored by a slim strip of key switchgear. A particularly
neat touch are the heated seat controls inset in the centre of the two outer
eyeball air vents.
And it works a treat. Mix and match the SatNav's active 3D mapping with whatever
else you fancy from the infotainment menu media, music, phone, large
or small dials. You choose. Whatever you decide, it can be reconfigured in an
instant as you drive with the press of a button on the steering wheel.
Also ensuring that the driver doesn't have to divert his or her eyes far from
the road is a large rotary dial controller for the infotainment system, along
with quick-flip-to-select shortcut buttons to take you directly between specific
functions, conveniently to hand immediately aft of the autobox's selector lever.
MMI Touch is also part of the infotainment/navigation package; this recognises
handwriting and lets you finger-write letters and numbers on the top of the
rotary dial. The really good news is that whatever way you choose to control
the TT's MMI infotainment system steering wheel, rotary control knob,
or the voice control system is miles better, and safer, than trying to
accurately land your fingertip on a touchscreen while retaining full control
when on the move.
MMI features include SatNav, high-speed internet access for the Audi Connect
Infotainment Services (entertainment, information, and search functions), smartphone
interface, Jukebox 10GB hard drive memory for music, DVD drive (music CDs and
video DVDs), DAB radio, Bluetooth Interface, USB sockets, and two SDXC card
TTs MMI system
displays SatNav and
infotainment on the 12.3-
inch digital screen filling
the drivers instrument
panel (AKA Audis
This set-up also benefits
the fascia which is free
of any clutter and home
to five stylish and
air vents underscored
by a slim strip of
A particularly neat touch
are the heated seat
controls inset in the
centre of the two outer
eyeball air vents. And it
all works a treat...
in smart Alcantara and pearl Nappa leather, the shapely and supportive sports
seats hug you comfortably, keeping you in situ when the roads get twisty, or
you ramp up the pace. Not that you ever feel anything but an integral part of
the action because you sit close to the ground. No worries either about graceful
entries or exits no advanced Pilates or yoga skills are required.
The Roadster's body is wide enough to allow breathing space around both seats
and prevent any elbow clashes with your passenger; there's also very generous
legroom for six-footers. Top up, there's a fist of headroom which is more than
you may be expecting given the soft-top's 'speedster' profile.
At Sport Edition trim level the seats are all adjusted manually (including height
as well as, usefully, the seat base-tilt angle) but a perfect driving position
is easily set. Thanks the controls being both accurate and very smooth operating,
fine-tuning is a doddle.
From behind the sports wheel visibility is first-class and placing the TT (even
top-up) is a piece of cake. Reversing and parking are likewise easy-peasy with
the roof down, and even with the soft-top in place there are no problems thanks
to parking sensors at the tail, front sensors, and a reversing camera. Should
you prefer, you can activate Parking Assist via a button in the centre console
and let it search for suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spaces; once
found it will park you perfectly at the first attempt.
Naturally you get all the must-haves that are today deemed 'essential', such
as keyless entry and engine start, Drive Select (driver-selectable individual
drive programs), fully powered fabric roof, deluxe automatic AirCon, Bang &
Olufsen 12-speaker surround sound system (the sound permanently compensates
for driving and background noises, so it's great top up or top down!), leather-wrapped
steering wheel with paddle-shifters, four one-shot power windows, powerfolding
heated door mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control with speed
limiter, reversing camera, Park Assist parking jockey, and a set of black 19-inch
5-spoke, blade style, diamond cut alloys.
Note than some of these items come with the optional add-on packs (Comfort and
Sound, Parking Assist, Plus, and Technology) fitted to our test car that together
would add £4K to the price.
Safety kit includes driver and front passenger airbags, an ISOFIX child seat
mounting for the front passenger seat (with airbag deactivation), Xenon headlights
with LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, brake lights and rear indicators,
heated windscreen, ESP, Hill Hold Assist, auto lights and wipes, electric parking
brake with auto-hold, automatic drive-away door locking, headlight washers,
and tyre pressure monitoring.
its sculpted body is certain to appeal to automotive fashionistas, keen drivers
will also be drawn to the Roadster. Given that Audi's favourite drop-top doesn't
wear an all-of-a-piece metal roof, what's surprising is just how hewn-from-rock
it feels. In earlier days all convertibles suffered to some degree from what's
known as scuttle shake a shiver through the body over bumps or rough
blacktop. Not so the TT Roadster.
doesnt come at the
expense of puntability
show the Roadster
some twists and turns
and it dives in eagerly;
the adaptive steering
is accurate enough to
encourage you to
go in hard.
Even in front-wheel
guise it arrows through
bends, flat and with
the record, even rolling on the standard 19-inch alloys shod with low-pro Bridgestone
235/35 rubber, the Roadster serves up a generally comfortable ride (particularly
in Drive Select's 'Comfort' setting; other choices are Efficiency, Auto, Dynamic,
and driver-customised Individual). If you really can't resist eye-candy, and
don't mind trading smarts for a smidgen more firmness, then go ahead and spec
a set of 20-inchers from the options list.
decent ride doesn't come at the expense of puntability show the Roadster
some twists and turns and it dives in eagerly; the adaptive steering is accurate
enough to encourage you to go in hard. Even in front-wheel guise it arrows through
bends flat and with reassuring grip.
It's entirely up to you as to whether to spend a bit more and get Audi's legendary
quattro all-wheel drive on your TT. Personally I'd consider it a no-brainer
and well worth the extra pennies. The brakes discs at the rear with vented
discs up front deliver excellent and very confident braking, both in
on-off stop-start traffic and at fast motorway speeds.
Another likeable aspect of the Roadster is that whenever the top is stowed away
out of sight in the rear deck, you can enjoy the sound of the four-pot working
something drivers brought up on combustion engines will sorely miss come
Not that the 2.0-litre unit is noisy; not a bit of it, but on low throttle loadings
and during normal everyday driving it's hushed and pleasingly smooth (the slick-acting
7-speed S tronic autobox is a perfect match for Audi's inline four) and it's
only when you go gunning for it that will you hear its tunefully rorty song.
Strict two-seater convertible sports cars don't always come with a practical
boot. The TT Roadster does, offering 280 litres. The boot lid opens high to
ninety degrees and makes loading and unloading the long and wide boot a cinch.
If your passenger measures under six-feet tall there will be room behind their
seatback for a weekender bag. Another confirmed 'plus' is that the Roadster's
boot is always the same size regardless of whether the roof is up or down
courtesy of the soft-top having its own dedicated compartment in the rear deck
that's fully separated from the main boot. Beneath the floor there's room for
oddments alongside the tyre repair kit and tools.
In addition to its boot the Roadster has decent storage room in the cabin itself:
along with a central lockable cubby in the rear bulkhead (accessed from between
the front seatbacks) there's a decent-sized lockable glovebox, a lidded cubby
ahead of the selector lever with two USB and an aux port, a dual-use single
cupholder that can be relied upon to hold a take-out without any spills even
when jinking around plus a second one out of sight behind it, in the storage
compartment under the centre armrest.
If you're after a premium two-seater convertible that backs up its strikingly
sleek looks with an engaging drive, then Audi's TT Roadster offers the perfect
package. Go for it! ~ MotorBar
Audi TT Roadster Sport Edition 40 TFSI S tronic
Maximum speed: 151mph | 0-62mph: 6.9 seconds | Test Average: 39.7mpg
Power: 194bhp | Torque: 236lb ft | CO2: 158g/km