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Audi TT Roadster convertible - Reliability & safety

The Audi TT Roadster should prove safe and reliable

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Audi TT Roadster reliability

Due to a twin-motor folding fabric roof, there’s more to go wrong with the Roadster than the Coupe, but up close the fit and finish of the hood and the action of the mechanism are very impressive, so we wouldn’t anticipate any issues.

Like the Coupe, the Roadster’s underpinnings are carried over from a whole range of cars made by the VW Group – including the big-selling VW Golf and Audi A3. The same can be said for the engines, which have been tuned specifically for the TT, but use parts already tried and tested in many other cars.

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The Audi TT doesn’t feature in our top 75 cars in the 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but Audi as a brand performed rather poorly, coming behind all of its sister brands (Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT) and direct premium rivals Mercedes, BMW and Porsche. While reliability isn’t much to write home about, with 23% of owners reporting a problem with their Audi within the first year of owning it, it is at least a little better than rivals; 28% of Mercedes owners and 37% of Porsche owners reported an issue within the first year, although less BMW owners reported similar, at just 22%.

Safety

The Audi TT Coupe scored four stars out of five in Euro NCAP crash tests in 2015. The Roadster version was never crash-tested in isolation, but it would’ve likely recorded a similar score.

Safety systems available on the current car include blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, parking assistance and traffic-sign recognition, but they’re all fairly expensive optional extras that will push the list price higher than you might have expected.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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