Skip advert
In-depth reviews

Audi TT RS Roadster (2009-2016) review

Soft-top variant of Audi TT RS promises to be just as thrilling as the coupe

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Great noise, performance, looks
  • Old technology, numb steering, expensive
Find your Audi TT
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Hassle-free way to a brand new car
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes

The TT RS Roadster is the most potent and focused Audi TT Roadster you can get. It's powered by the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine as the Coupe and is available with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch S-Tronic semi-automatic gearbox. With the latter it's both quicker and more efficient but you do lose some of that connectedness associated with manual gearboxes. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

Our choice: Audi TT RS Roadster manual

Engines, performance and drive

Powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine the TT RS Roadster can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds with a manual gearbox and 4.4 seconds with the dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox. Thanks to quattro four-wheel drive all that performance is very easily accessible too and the RS is happy to pin you in your seat at any time you press the throttle. The Roadster feels almost as stiff as the RS Coupe so handling is tight, grip levels are high and you can cover ground incredibly quickly. A Porsche Boxster offers far higher levels of involvement though.

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

The 32.8mpg figure may look pretty good on paper but in practice you'll be looking at a figure more like 20mpg on a daily basis. CO2 emissions for the S-Tronic model are far lower than the manual so you'll be able to claw back some of the extra outlay for the gearbox when it comes to paying your road tax bill. Either way it'll be quite a substantial amount though. Insurance will also be extremely high due to the performance on offer.

Interior, design and technology

Stylish alloys, large exhausts, an aggressive bodykit and an optional rear spoiler will signal this model out as an RS and it comes together in a stylish and relatively understated package. The looks are starting to age somewhat – as is the cabin – but there's no doubting the TT Roadster can still turn heads. Some of the technology inside could do with updating, particularly the complicated sat-nav system.

Practicality, comfort and boot space

The TT RS Roadster doesn't have the two rear seats found in the Coupe so buyers will have to be able to live without them – not that they were much use anyway. Instead, they're replaced with some useful storage spaces and there's a usable 250-litre boot too. The roof itself folds down in 12 seconds and up to speeds of 19mph.

Reliability and Safety

Those silver hoops behind the driver and passenger will keep you safe in the event of a rollover, while front, driver, side and head airbags are all thrown in too. Stability control, electronic brake force distribution and ABS will help keep you out of trouble in the first place though. The TT RS Roadster hasn't been tested by EuroNCAP but is more than likely to get a five-star ranking

Skip advert
Skip advert

More on TT RS Convertible

Audi TT RS vs Porsche 718 Boxster S
Audi TT RS vs Porsche 718 Boxster S - header
Car group tests
26 Dec 2016

Audi TT RS vs Porsche 718 Boxster S

Audi’s new TT RS Roadster has 395bhp five-cylinder power. Is it more fun than Porsche’s controversial turbo Boxster S?
Order books open for Audi TT RS - the most powerful TT ever
Audi TT RS - front three quarter
12 Sep 2016

Order books open for Audi TT RS - the most powerful TT ever

394bhp sports car comes in Coupe and Roadster versions and will start from £51,800