Audi TT Roadster convertible - Interior & comfort
The Audi TT Roadster gets Audi's fabulous Virtual Cockpit and the interior is beautifully designed
A flat boot deck, rollover hoops and the removal of the rear seats give the Roadster a different look to the Coupe version of the Audi TT. Whether the roof is up or down, the car looks great inside and out.
Audi TT Roadster dashboard
Audi has used technology to create an uncluttered, cutting-edge interior that we think is one of the best available in any car at the moment. The 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is a high-definition screen that replaces the traditional dashboard dials and comes as standard on all models. This puts all sat-nav, infotainment and driving data right in front of you in a variety of configurations, as well as freeing up space on the dashboard where a central touchscreen would normally be found.
It looks complicated at first, but using the rotary dial makes it simple to scroll through the menus. Alternatively, you can use buttons on the multifunction steering wheel, which we found safer and just as easy to use. You can toggle between two viewing modes with the push of a button, either maximising the size of the virtual dials or giving more space to the sat nav. It's certainly clever, but whether it actually helps to avoid you being distracted by all of that information in one place is less clear.
Another clever feature is how the controls for the air-conditioning are incorporated into the air vents on the dashboard. We also like the new air vents in the seats, which can blow warm air down your neck when the roof is open.
Overall, interior quality is second to none. Audi continues to be one of the best manufacturers in the business in this respect, combining ultra-modern design with traditional chunky metal switchgear and sumptuous leather trim.
Refinement is good with the roof up, although we did experience some wind whistle from around the wing mirrors, while more tyre noise is evident on the motorway than in the Coupe. Both the petrol and diesel engines are amazingly refined at high speeds, with almost no vibration coming through the steering wheel or pedals, even in the diesel.
The TT Roadster comes in four different trim levels, called Sport, S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung. Sport models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, cruise control, a retractable rear spoiler, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, leather and Alcantara-trimmed seats and bright xenon headlights as standard.
Going for the S line model gets you 19-inch alloy wheels, sports seats with electric lumbar support, automatic LED lights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Black Edition is based on this trim, but adds 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black exterior trim and a fixed rear spoiler.
The Vorsprung trim level tops the range, adding gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system and upgraded sat nav. Standard safety kit includes anti-dazzle matrix LED headlights and Audi’s driver assistance suite including Audi Side Assist and Park Assist.
We’d recommend the S tronic gearbox and the open-top driving package, which consists of head-level seat heating that blows warm air down the back of your neck, an electric wind deflector and heated sport seats. It’s likely to prove very useful if you fancy driving with the top down on clear but chilly days.