2021 Audi TT Roadster

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2021 Audi TT Roadster Review: Pleasure-Honed

by Aiden Eksteen

You may think that a weaker 228-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a compromised structure thanks to its drop-top roof would hurt the 2021 Audi TT Roadster's character as a premium sports car, but you'd be mistaken. It's actually a very fun car to drive, even though it leans more towards being a leisurely top-down cruiser. This third-generation TT is as beautiful, if not more so, than any of the previous generations. And, as with the TT Coupe, the Roadster also boasts an exquisite and contemporary cabin that's loaded with cool tech and upscale materials. The BMW Z4 Roadster is a more proficient and authoritative roadster, but as you'll see from this review, the 2021 Audi TT Roadster has its own unique agenda, and it pulls it off perfectly.

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2021 Audi TT Roadster Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 TT Roadster?

A few extra features have been added to the 2021 Audi TT Roadster, with S sport seats in Fine Nappa leather now being standard. Other default inclusions are the Audi smartphone interface, Audi Connect, MMI Navigation, Audi side assist, and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system. Adding to the heightened sense of luxury this year is extended leather trim in the cabin, while neck-level heating is now standard. All-season tires replace the summer tires, although the latter is available with bigger 19-inch rims.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
  • Handsome or beautiful, you decide
  • Potent and refined powertrain
  • Adroit handling and majestic ride comfort
  • Comfortable and contemporary cabin
  • Superb safety rating and reliability
  • Cons
  • Proffered with just one powertrain
  • Advanced driver assists are limited
  • There isn't much cabin storage space
  • The trunk is also quite teensy

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2021 Audi TT Roadster Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

TT Roadster Exterior

2021 Audi TT Roadster Front View Audi
2021 Audi TT Roadster Rear View Audi
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  • Length 165.0 in
  • Wheelbase 98.6 in
  • Height 53.4 in
  • Max Width 72.1 in
  • Front Width 61.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.1 in
  • Curb Weight 3,395.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Glacier White Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Nano Gray Metallic/Black Roof, Build Out: 12/09/2020 +$595
  • Ibis White/Black Roof
  • Pulse Orange/Black Roof

TT Roadster Performance

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2021 Audi TT Roadster Rear Perspective Driving Audi
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Engine and Transmission

While the TT Coupe is put forward with numerous powertrain options that vary in performance, the TT Roadster is offered with just the one unit that Audi deems suitable to its serene and premium drop-top character. It's a 228-hp, 258 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 gas engine that works with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission to power the quattro all-wheel drive system.

Its 5.5-second 0 to 60 mph sprint time does mean that it's slower than the Coupe variant and the BMW Z4, but the TT Roadster isn't just about speed. Acceleration is still lively from off-the-line but responses get really punchy through the mid-range, which is where the TT's true talents as a luxury cruiser shine through. It's fairly fuel-efficient for a sporty convertible.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

TT Roadster Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/31 mpg
* 2021 Audi TT Roadster 45 TFSI quattro Roadster AWD

TT Roadster Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.1 in
  • Front Head Room 36.6 in

TT Roadster Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Audi TT Roadster View Out Back Audi
2021 Audi TT Roadster Right Side View Audi
2021 Audi TT Roadster Side View Audi
  • Trunk Volume
    7.5 ft³

TT Roadster Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Audi TT Roadster A Good car?

The Audi TT Roadster is a genuinely stunning vehicle that bears a lot of the aesthetics that made its predecessors design icons. However, it does don a slightly more contemporary guise than some feel makes it look even more beautiful. The 2-door sports car layout and soft-top only added to its character as a premium, everyday pleasure-mobile. Though the Coupe is offered with stronger powertrains and benefits from a more rigid chassis, the TT isn't meant to be purely performance-focused or competitive. In fact, the 228-hp four-pot actually feels perfect for the Roadster as , in general, it feels like more of a sophisticated and luxurious car rather than a track demon. Its cabin definitely reflects this philosophy with modern design cues, plenty of comfort features, and more space than you'd expect from a drop-top. We do feel that Audi could have thrown in a few more driver assists, though. Even with its $53,900 price tag, the 2021 Audi TT Roadster is very much worth the money.

What Audi TT Roadster Model Should I Buy?

Audi presents the 2021 TT Roadster as a standalone model in the USA, so the only choice you really get is which optional packages you'd like. In this regard, we'd recommend the S-Line Competition package which equips the TT with black roll bars, Alcantara/leather seat upholstery with contrast diamond stitching, an S-Line sport suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires, and a blacked-out exhaust outlet. This upgrade endows the TT Roadster with some serious street cred but it does come at the drawback of a slightly firmer ride.

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