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Audi TT Roadster test drive

The Audi TT Roadster has been a contender in the convertible segment for some time. How does the updated version get on?

The TT has been a mainstay of the Audi range for some time now, delivering rock-solid German build quality in a good-looking and compact package. It’s recently been refreshed, updating its looks both inside and out, and refining the way it drives.

It’s still available with a range of petrol engines (though now with more power on offer than before), and it can be specified as either a hard-top Coupe or, like we have here, the soft-top Roadster version.

What’s new about the Audi TT Roadster?

This is a subtle refresh of the third-generation TT we first saw on our roads back in 2014. However, some key changes have been made throughout the car; the interior has been given new seats, while the exterior gets a variety of new design touches to help it remain fresh.

The cabin still benefits from Audi’s Virtual Cockpit infotainment system (the TT was the first production model to feature this tech when it was first released), but it doesn’t feel outdated – in fact, it continues to add to the overall appeal of the car.

How does it look?

The TT remains a looker. Sharp lines and a compact, almost square layout mean that it fits well on UK roads, while the twin pipes at the rear and electric rear spoiler do give it a little added drama. S Line models like our test car are helped even further thanks to the inclusion of a rear diffuser and a full-length front splitter.

The Roadster version even looks good with the roof raised — an area which can sometimes detract from the overall look of soft-top cars. Speaking of the roof, it can be raised or lowered in around ten seconds, at speeds of up to 31mph. Once closed, it does a decent job of isolating road noise – though, of course, it isn’t a refined as the hardtop.

What’s the spec like?

Audi has beefed-up the amount of standard equipment available on base models, with features such as cruise control and Xenon headlights now included on entry-level Sport-spec cars. However, our S Line test car benefitted from additions such as 19-inch forged alloy wheels, full LED headlights and ‘Super’ sports seats fitted as standard.

S Line cars also get a full exterior styling pack, which is ideal for those looking to give their TT a little more presence out on the road. Virtual Cockpit is fitted as standard too – though our car came with the Technology Pack, a £1,495 optional extra which adds full navigation and online mapping, as well as an eight loudspeaker system. A wireless phone charging system is also added as part of the pack.

Continued on next page: Interior, driving experience and our verdict

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Jack Evans
Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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