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Since 1999, the year Britney Spears sang ‘Baby, one more time’ and Tyler Durden taught us the first rule of Fight Club, the Audi TT Roadster has provided stylish open-topped motoring for fashionistas everywhere.
Having taken the sports car scene by storm at launch, a combination of striking good looks, a high-quality interior and reasonable running costs has seen this car well into its third generation.
Heavily updated for 2019, the TT Roadster offers a range of four-cylinder petrol engines, manual and automatic gearboxes and front or four-wheel drive. Those with a taste for speed can opt for the faster TTS, and there’s also a seriously hot TT RS that gets its very own review. No TT is exactly slow, though.
Unlike its hardtop equivalent, the TT Roadster has only two seats. It sacrifices the rear pair in favour of a folding fabric roof that’s seriously quick to do its business; we timed it at just nine seconds from up to fully down.
The TT Roadster’s main rivals are the BMW Z4 and Porsche 718 Boxster, but can it match the Z4 as a cruiser or the Boxster for fun on a twisty road? You’ll have your answer if you read the next few pages. We’ll also suggest which is the best engine to go for and which trim level is the best value for money.