Review: Audi TT Roadster (2007 – 2015)
As sharp a drive as the coupe version. Eye-catching looks and nice design details in the cabin. Good range of engines including economical TDI. Very few reported problems until emissions defeat scandal broke.
Stiff ride ride on 19-inch wheels unless magnetic suspension is fitted. Blustery with top down. Some coking up and oil consumption problems with early EA288 engines.
Audi TT Roadster (2007 – 2015): At A Glance
The first Audi TT Roadster had a good sense of style about it, however it wasn't renowned for its handling. It wasn't quite a case of style over substance, but there were other two-seater sports cars out there which were better to drive and just as good to look at. This second generation Audi TT Roadster addressed those shortcomings - it's great fun to drive, sharper looking but still just as desirable.
Thanks to a lightweight design and lots of aluminium panels, it's nimble and agile on the move with precise steering, making it great fun to drive, whichever engine you choose. Initially it came with a 2.0 TFSI engine and a great sounding 3.2-litre V6 quattro. Later Audi launched the TDI which may not sound like a sports car but with punchy performance and impressive economy of 51.4mpg.
There's also an entry-level 1.8 TFSI - only available in the Roadster - which may sound modest with just 160bhp, but feels very lively and suits the TT Roadster well. It's also the most affordable Audi TT model available. Inside you get that wonderfully stylish cabin complete with the trademark metal ringed air vents and a genuine feeling of quality.
Audi hasn't adopted a metal roof like some small convertibles such as the Mercedes-Benz SLK, instead it's stuck with a traditional fabric hood. It's perhaps not as secure, but it's well insulated for both cold and noise, plus it keeps weight down, helping performance and handling. It's fully electric too and folds neatly away in just 12 seconds.
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Audi TT Roadster (2007 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 250 litres
The cabin of the TT is a great blueprint for how to design a sporty, upmarket and distinctive cabin. It's great to look at and even better to sit in with supportive, low slung sports seats and a high central console which gives a real cockpit like feel. The quality of the fit and finish are top notch and it's as well built as it is stylish. There are some great details too, such as the deep set instrument dials and those metal surrounds on the circular air vents.
All the switches and controls work with precision and there's a lovely weight to features like the clutch pedal and handbrake. The same goes for the roof. It may be a fabric good rather than a metal folding system, but it's incredibly well insulated from road noise and the cold. It also folds down effortlessly - there are no catches or handles to release, you simply press a button on the centre console and it retracts smoothly and quietly, in just 12 seconds.
Usefully, it can be put up (and down) at up to 19mph which is useful if you're caught in a sudden downpour - or indeed a sudden heatwave - and can't pull over to stop. The roof incorporates a heated glass rear window, so in the winter you can still see out of the back. It folds away very neatly too thanks to a clever system which stacks the rigid front section of the roof on top of the cloth to form a cover that sits flush with the body and eliminates the need for a tonneau cover.
Practicality isn't ever a key strength for a convertible like the TT Roadster but the Audi is more practical than its predecessor, thanks to a longer boot. The luggage area isn't exactly hight but will cope with two big suitcase and an overnight bag - there's also a host of stowage areas including one behind each of the seats
Equipment from launch (February 2007):
Standard equipment includes a powered roof and wind deflector operation, sports seats with leather and Alcantara mix upholstery for 2.0 TFSI versions or full leather for the V6, electronic climate control, a new generation MP3-compatible audio system with single CD player, an RS 4-style flat-bottomed leather-rimmed steering wheel and a Driver's Information System (DIS). In addition to full leather upholstery, V6 versions add front seat heating, an enhanced braking system, an exterior light styling pack and quattro four-wheel-drive. Alloy wheels are 17-inch Trapez design in the 2.0 TFSI or 18-inch 10-spoke design in the V6.
2.0 TDI mirrors the familiar 2.0 TFSI petrol version, offering features such as 17-inch Trapez alloy wheels, leather and Alcantara-upholstered sports seats, electronic climate control and an MP3-compatible 140-watt Audi Concert audio system with single CD drive.
1.8 TFSI is the entry-level version and so has Tetrus cloth-upholstered sports seats, electric windows, powered soft top and powered wind deflector. Electronic climate control, a Chorus CD audio system and a Driver's Information System (DIS) are also factory fitted.
S line was introduced in 2009 and adds 18-inch five-spoke design alloy wheels, sSports suspension lowered by 10mm, an upgrade to the short-shift manual gearbox with its quicker, even more sporting shift action (unless the S tronic twin-clutch transmission is specified). Inside there is S line embossing for the sports seats, brushed aluminium inlays and a three-spoke multifunction S line steering wheel stamp the S line mark on the TT interior.
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What's the Audi TT Roadster (2007 – 2015) like to drive?
There's a decent choice of engines in the TT range, but whichever you choose you won't be disappointed. The TT is always fun to drive and hugely enjoyable on a quiet twisting road when you can get the roof down and appreciate the lightweight design and agility of the TT Roadster. It corners beautifully, with real poise and hardly any body roll, while there's plenty of grip too.
The quattro four-wheel drive versions add even more security and the extra traction is certainly noticeable on wet roads or when pulling away from junctions on uneven roads. The front-wheel drive models are mightily impressive though and feel a little more sprightly - you can notice the difference if you drive a 2.0 TFSI model with quattro and then one without.
It's the ride quality which can be a bit hit or miss. This is a sports car so you can expect it to be firm, but on standard wheels it's still forgiving enough not to be uncomfortable. However, if you have a model with the optional larger (19-inch) alloys on, it's simply too stiff and judders over rough roads and potholes. There's an optional system called 'magnetic ride' (standard on the TTS), which allows the driver to change the suspensions setting including a sport mode that tightens the ride further for demanding roads.
When it was first launched the TT came with the choice of a lovely sounding 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine with 250bhp or a 2.0 TFSI with 200bhp. The V6 came with quattro as standard while the 2.0 TFSI was initially only two-wheel drive, although a quattro version was introduced later.
Most people chose the 2.0 TFSI and it's easy to see why. As it's turbocharged it feels more buzzy and urgent than the rather laid back 3.2-litre V6, plus it's lighter and feels more agile on the move. But perhaps the most interesting engine is the 2.0 TDI with 170bhp. This engine is used in everything from the Volkswagen Passat to the Skoda Yeti and the fact it's a common rail diesel means it's far smoother and quieter than the older TDI PD (Pumpe Duse) engines that Audi previously used.
Even though it's a quattro model, it still manages to average 51.4mpg and yet pulls immensely in-gear, especially from 50mph to 70mph, so is ideal for motorway driving where you rarely have to change out of sixth gear. That's thanks to the 350Nm of torque which makes everyday driving easy.
The top of the range TT (aside from the high performance TT RS which is covered in its own review) is the TTS which uses the 2.0-litre TFSI engine but boosts power to 272bhp. It really is a revelation and superb to drive with an even more focussed feel in corners, while the bodykit and unique wheels make it stand out. 0-62mph takes just 5.6 seconds with the manual gearbox and it's even quicker if you opt for the impressive twin-clutch S tronic automatic (complete with steering wheel paddle shifts) which takes just 5.4 seconds.
The entry-level 1.8 TFSI model was launched in March 2009 but it's certainly not the poor relation in the engine line-up, just because it has 'only' 160bhp. Thanks to the light weight of the TT, this engine still performs well with a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds and it's sprightly on the move with buzzy performance and a decent pulling power too.
In April 2010 the TT Roadster was revised and the big news was that the existing 2.0 TFSI engine with 200bhp was replaced by a newer version with 211bhp. This is the same engine that powers the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI and as a result the 0-62mph time is cut by half a second to just 6.2 seconds, helped in no small poart by an extra 70Nm of torque.
Out on the road you'd be hard pressed to notice the extra power unless you drove the previous version before jumping into the improved model, but it does feel more sprightly low down. The engine doesn't need to be worked quite as hard in order to tap into the power, but still delivers that superbly rewarding exhaust note.
But where you will notice the difference is at the pumps. Despite the extra power, this newer TFSI engine is actually more economical and is capable of an average 42.8mpg compared to 36.7mpg before. Emissions have also dropped considerably, meaning cheaper road tax
|1.8 TFSI||44 mpg||7.5 s||152 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI S tronic||43 mpg||7.4 s||152 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro||51 mpg||7.8 s||144 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro S tronic||50 mpg||7.7 s||146 g/km|
|2.0 TDI S tronic||50 mpg||7.7 s||146 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||42 mpg||6.3 s||156 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||38 mpg||5.9 s||172 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||38 mpg||5.9 s||172 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||39 mpg||6.2 s||168 g/km|
|3.2 FSI V6 quattro||27–30 mpg||5.9–6.1 s||227–250 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro||35 mpg||5.7 s||189 g/km|
|TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||36 mpg||5.5 s||184 g/km|
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