Audi TTS Roadster Review

The Audi TTS Roadster is a stylish soft-top sports car with a gorgeous interior and a punchy turbocharged petrol engine, but it costs more than some alternatives and only has two seats

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What's good

  • Superb interior
  • Lots of high-tech features
  • Faster than most alternatives

What's not so good

  • No back seats
  • Not as practical as the TTS Coupe
  • Some alternatives are cheaper

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Overall verdict

The Audi TTS Roadster is a stylish soft-top sports car with a gorgeous interior and a punchy turbocharged petrol engine, but it costs more than some alternatives and only has two seats

The Audi TTS Roadster is a faster version of the standard TT Roadster that comes with a more powerful turbocharged engine, four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. If the TT isn’t to your liking, there are plenty of other Audi sports cars to choose from.

The current model was launched in 2014, but the 2018 Audi TTS Roadster comes with redesigned bumpers, some mechanical tweaks to make it accelerate more quickly and a few choice changes to the standard TT’s interior.

The heavily bolstered sports seats, cool metal air vents and digital driver’s display have been carried over from the outgoing Roadster, but the latter now features a special TTS-specific driving mode that copies the huge rev counter you get in the seriously rapid Audi TTRS.

You also get a similar flat-bottomed steering wheel to the TTRS, and the same four-way lumbar support and height adjustment for the front seats to help you find your ideal driving position.

Unlike the standard TTS Coupe, the Audi TTS Roadster does away with the two back seats – after all, that folding fabric roof has to go somewhere. As a result, the four-seat BMW M240i Convertible is a better bet if you plan on carrying more than one passenger.

When it comes to carrying luggage rather than people, however, the Audi TTS Roadster’s practicality puts it on par with the BMW. You get a pair of Isofix anchor points on the passenger seat and its boot has exactly the same carrying capacity as the M240i Convertible.

The Audi TTS Roadster takes the classic small-but-fast sports car recipe and adds a dollop of every-day usability that makes it one of the very best soft tops on sale

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Once you’ve finished packing your sports car’s boot and hit the road, you’ll find the Audi TTS Roadster a shade quicker than the BMW M240i Convertible. It’ll sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds thanks to its perky petrol engine and quick-shifting seven-speed automatic gearbox.

It doesn’t feel quite as agile as the rear-wheel-drive BMW, but driving the Audi TTS Roadster on an unfamiliar country road in poor conditions is made impressively stress-free thanks to its grippy quattro four-wheel-drive system.

It’s a doddle to drive in town, too, and the fabric roof does a pretty good job of muting wind and tyre noise at motorway speeds. Put the standard adaptive suspension into its most comfortable setting and the TTS Roadster is a joy to cruise in, too – even over fairly poorly maintained roads.

You even get cruise control and automatic emergency braking as standard – perfect for when you’ve finished having fun on an empty country road and fancy settling into a relaxing cruise.

Its this split personality that makes the Audi TTS Roadster such a compelling sports car. It’s good fun to drive, comfortable and packed with kit, yet easy to live with every day.

You can read more in-depth info on the Audi TTS Roadster in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or take a look at the very latest Audi TTS Roadster deals.

What's it like inside?

At a glance, you could easily mistake the new TTS Roadster’s interior for the old car’s cabin. It gets more high-tech kit than ever, however, and most of it comes as standard

No-one does sporty interiors quite like Audi. Somehow it’s managed to make the TTS Roadster’s cabin easy to use, yet still ooze with minimalist cool…

Mat Watson
carwow expert

How practical is it?

Unlike the TT Coupe, the Audi TTS Roadster comes with just two seats but they’re very supportive and come with loads of adjustment. The boot’s even pretty generous for a soft-top

Don’t go worrying about whether your tall friends will fit in the Audi TTS Roadster’s back seats. They won’t – because there aren’t any

Mat Watson
carwow expert
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The Audi TTS Roadster is far from the biggest soft-top sports car on sale, but there’s still space inside for two tall adults to get comfy. Unlike the TTS Coupe, the Roadster only comes with two seats.

Both seats get height-adjustment as standard to make sure you get a good view out – whether you’re quite small or very tall – and the driver’s side comes with four-way electric lumbar adjustment to reduce back ache on long drives.

With the roof up, there’s still enough headroom for six-feet-tall drivers to stretch out without touching their heads on the roof lining. With the fabric top stowed away, the windscreen’s high enough to stop the wind buffeting around your head, too.

Like the TTS Coupe, the Roadster comes with Isofix anchor points on the passenger seat so you can fit a child seat without too much hassle. It’s certainly easier than struggling to secure a large child seat in the cramped back seats of a BMW M240i Convertible.

The Audi TTS Roadster comes with plenty of handy cubby holes to help you keep its cabin looking tidy. The door bins are big enough to hold a one-litre bottle each and there’s room for another equally large drink in the glovebox.

There’s only one cupholder in the centre console, but you get a wireless charging pad for your phone and enough space under the central armrest to hide away a few bulky valuables such as a camera.

The Audi TTS Roadster’s 280-litre boot might not sound particularly large, but it’s officially the same size as the BMW M240i Convertible’s load bay and significantly roomier than the Mercedes SLC’s. There’s just about enough space for a large suitcase and a few soft bags, and the TTS Roadster’s reasonably wide opening means you can easily lift in a baby buggy.

There isn’t any space under the TTS Roadster’s floor to hide away a few smaller items, but at least you get a few tether hooks and an elasticated luggage net to stop your bags rolling around.

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What's it like to drive?

Easy to drive and seriously quick

The Audi TTS Roadster makes light work of potholed country roads, but it doesn’t thrill in quite the same way as some nimbler rear-wheel-drive alternatives

The Audi TTS Roadster isn’t the most exciting sports car on sale, but it does everything else so well that you’ll still want to drive it every day

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The Audi TTS Roadster comes with the same 306hp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and quattro four-wheel-drive system as the Coupe. As a result, it’ll blast from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds – that’s faster than the BMW M240i Convertible and Mercedes SLC 43.

One of the reasons for the TTS Roadster’s spritely turn of speed is the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox you get as standard. It changes gear quickly and smoothly in automatic mode and responds with the reactions of an Olympic sprinter when you pull on the paddles behind the steering wheel to change gear in manual mode.

This extra performance hasn’t come at the expense of fuel economy, however – you can expect the new TTS Roadster to return around 35mpg in normal driving conditions. That’s not too shabby for a rip-roaring four-wheel-drive sports car.

The Audi TTS Roadster is certainly faster than the standard car, but it’s just as easy to drive around town. You get a reasonably good view out – only the thick pillars of fabric beside the rear windscreen produce any sizeable blind spots – and the steering’s reasonably light so you won’t strain your arms squeezing into a tight parking space. Speaking of parking, you get a reversing camera as standard in all TTS Roadsters to help prevent car park bumps and scrapes.

The Audi TTS Roadster’s fabric roof doesn’t do quite as good a job of muffling wind and tyre noise at motorway speeds as the Coupe’s metal item, but you’ll still be able to travel long distances in the Roadster without needing earplugs. Put the standard drive select system into its most comfortable setting and the TTS Roadster soaks up bumps impressively well for a small soft-top sports car, too.

If back-road blasts are more your thing, put the Audi into its Dynamic driving mode and the suspension becomes firmer, the steering heavier and the exhaust louder. The accelerator is more responsive in this sporty setting, too, so the TTS Roadster feels especially keen to leap forwards out of every corner.

In this highly-strung setting, the Audi TTS Roadster does bounce over bumps a little more than the standard TT Roadster, but it’ll soak up some fairly sizeable potholes without sending a nasty thud through your seat.

Combine this surprisingly supple suspension with Audi’s signature quattro four-wheel-drive system, and you’ve got a convertible sports car that’s tremendously easy to drive quickly. Sending the engine’s power to all four wheels means it doesn’t feel as lairy as the BMW M240i Convertible but it’ll feel more assured across wet roads.

If you’re more likely to be cruising around town than careering up a country lane, you’ll be pleased to hear that the TTS Roadster comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and cruise control as standard. The new TTS Roadster hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but these features should help make sure it performs reasonably well.

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