Used Audi TT Roadster (2007 - 2014) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
4.5
Audi has taken its iconic TT Roadster and given it a sharper design, aggressive looks and a more rewarding drive. The new car is also bigger and lighter thanks to aluminium body panels, which help the Audi feel fast and nimble.
Audi TT Roadster (07-14)
  • Fun to drive
  • Fast folding roof
  • Build quality
  • Superb interior
  • Fabric hood not as secure as metal top
  • Expensive options

New price range:

£24,285 - £42,075

Used price range:

£3,208 - £12,847

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Audi has taken its iconic TT Roadster and given it a sharper design, aggressive looks and a more rewarding drive. The new car is also bigger and lighter thanks to aluminium body panels, which help the Audi feel fast and nimble.

There's no metal folding roof like some rivals (such as the Mercedes-Benz SLK) but the fabric hood is excellent, well insulated and best of all folds down in just 12 seconds - plus it's very effective at cutting out road and wind noise. Stylish, good to drive and great to be seen in the TT is a perfect soft-top. There's even an economical TDI model available, which means that running a TT needn't be an expensive experience.

Engine line-up

There’s a good choice of engines to choose from, with even the petrol engines offering affordable running costs, while earlier versions are also available with a 3.2-litre V6. There’s also the option of a six-speed manual gearbox, six-speed automatic or seven-speed automatic.

One of the highlights is the 1.8-litre petrol engine, introduced from 2012. The turbocharged engine will go from zero to 62mph in around seven seconds, while economy is a useful 43mpg. Despite the smaller size, it’s an eager engine and, as well as the running cost savings, it is an excellent low-cost entry in to the range.

Buyers also have the choice of a 2.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol which is available with front or quattro four-wheel drive. The 2.0 TDI diesel offers 170bhp and 51mpg fuel economy.

Choice of models

The Audi TT Roadster comes in three versions – Sport, S line and Black Edition. All major on sportiness with heavily bolstered seats and stylish alloys, although Sport models ride on 17-inch wheels, S line on 18s and Black Edition models an inch larger and finished in a titanium grey effect.

At the top of the regular TT Roadster range is the TT S, using quattro four-wheel drive and a 272bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.

With more rivals than ever, the TT has got a tough task on its hands to appeal to drivers who want fun and fashion from their car. Have the improvements over its predecessor been enough to keep it ahead of the competition?

Read the full Audi TT Roadster review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 It's a roadster so practicability was low down on the priority list. However the boot is capable of taking the luggage for two for a weeks touring without having to leave any of my wife's shoes...  

5 out of 5

Trevor Clark ,   11 Nov 2014    ... read more

 With Quattro and heated seats, car gets used all the time, even if the weather is foul. The fabric hood is well insulated and doesn't intrude into the reasonable boot space (like it does on tin-tops...  

5 out of 5

Ian Midgley ,   09 Dec 2013    ... read more

 May only be a 2 seater but thats enough for me. Boot is good enough, can easily get lots of shopping bags in there.  

5 out of 5

Ben Buhagiar ,   23 Oct 2013    ... read more

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