2021 Audi TT Roadster

MSRP $53,900

Ranked #5 in Compact Convertible

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2021 Audi TT Roadster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Audi TT Roadster carries forward the ravishing look that has been one of the major selling points for the car. The simple yet sporty design of the Audi TT Roadster has been its identity for a long time now. The Audi TT series is offered in two different body styles and three different configurations. You get a regular TT Coupe, a TT Roadster that is the convertible variant, and you also get a TTS Coupe that sits on the top of the lineup. There is also an RS version of the Audi TT series that is a more powerful version of the car. The one we are reviewing today is the Audi TT Roadster which happens to be a convertible. 

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Pros

Stylish exterior design

Impeccable handling

Standard all-wheel drive

Cons

Limited cargo area

Single powertrain option with the Roadster

Rivals offer better driver-assist features

What's New?

Technology Package of 2020 model year becomes standard

No major changes in the car for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53900

bodystyle

dr Roadster

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$53,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi TT Roadster in Ceramica Gray Metallica color
Ceramica Gray Metallica

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2021 Audi TT Roadster does not introduce any major change to the lineup except for the standard feature list. The only change is that the Technology Package from the 2020 model year has become standard with the 2021 model year update. The current generation of Audi TT Roadster is a part of the third generation of the Audi TT which was launched in 2016. The 2021 Audi TT competes against the likes of the BMW Z4, Porsche 718 Boxster, and the Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300.

2021 Audi TT Roadster Features

The 2021 Audi TT Roadster comes in a single trim configuration. The TT Roadster is priced at $53,900 and comes equipped with a long list of features. The standard features with the 2022 TT Roadster include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, and ignition, Dual-zone automatic climate control, digital instrument panel, heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, wireless charging pad, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors. 

Trim

Audi TT Roadster

MSRP

$53,900

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

 

LED headlights

 

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Neck heaters

 

Digital instrument panel

 

12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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The 2021 Audi TT Roadster is a standalone trim of the TT lineup. The standard features are more than enough for your daily needs. The addition of the Technology Package as standard with the TT Roadster makes it an even more attractive option. You get a ton of tech inside the cabin and there is no complaint in terms of the standard features list for the segment. You can get the S Line Competition Package if you wish to equip your Audi TT Roadster with 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior trims, red brake calipers, a fixed rear wing, and a sportier suspension setup. 

2021 Audi TT Roadster Engine and Performance

The 2021 Audi TT Roadster comes powered by a 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. The engine produces 228 horsepower of peak power and the peak torque is rated at 258 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and the best thing that favors the TT Roadster is standard all-wheel drive as standard with the car. The performance is not one of the prime reasons why someone would consider buying an Audi TT. The Audi TT Roadster is one of the affordable options to get entry into Audi’s sports car lineup. However, you do not have to compromise on performance either as at the end of the day it is still an Audi. 

The Audi TT Roadster offers similar performance compared to the other rivals in the segment. You do not get a push back on your seats when you press the gas paddle, instead, it offers a linear power delivery. The TT Roadster gets a wide rave range and you get a consistent power delivery throughout the rave band. Talking about the outright acceleration, the 2021 Audi TT Roadster takes 5.5 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The quarter-mile run takes 12.5 seconds which is respectable for the segment. The Audi TT offers a decent performance with the 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 engine. But if you want even better performance, then you can consider the RS variant as it will be a considerable upgrade in terms of performance. 

Models

2021 Audi TT Roadster

2021 BMW Z4 

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300

MSRP

$53,900

$49,700

$62,600

$64,700

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Boxer-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

6-Speed manual

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

228 @ 4,500 

255 @ 5,000 

300 @ 6500 

296 @ 5,500 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258 @ 1,600 

294 @ 1,500 

280 @ 1950 

295 @1,500 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.5

5.2

4.9

5.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.5

11.9

11.9

11.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

155

155

155

The Audi TT Roadster is the slowest car in the segment in outright acceleration. The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster takes the spot for the fastest car in the segment with the 0 to 60 mph timing of 4.9 seconds while the quarter-mile takes 11.9 seconds. The 2021 BMW Z4 comes in the second position with a 0 to 60 mph timing of 5.2 seconds while the quarter-mile timing remains identical to the Porsche 718 Boxster. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300 is marginally faster than the Audi as it takes 5.4 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 mph but it is the fastest car in the quarter-mile timing as it takes only 11.7 seconds for the same. 

How well does the 2021 Audi TT Roadster handle?

Audi’s are not generally known for their impressive handling or driving dynamics, as you find most of the Audi’s inclined towards comfort. But the situation is not the same for the sports car in Audi’s lineup. Although the Audi TT Roadster is an entry-level sports car by Audi, it does not compromise on handling. The handling of the TT Roadster is one of the strongest reasons that enhance the driving experience. The handling of the car is a big improvement over the previous models of the Audi TT. The electric-assist steering wheel allows you to set different modes to adjust it for city driving or for better stability on highway speeds. 

The feedback from the steering wheel will impress most of the buyers of the Audi TT Roadster. The suspension is also well-tuned and it remains stable irrespective of the speed you are doing. The all-wheel-drive helps it gain good traction and cornering abilities are also impressive. The comfort levels in the Audi TT Roadster are so good that you won’t regret it if you use it as your daily commuter. The suspension soaks almost anything that comes under the wheels. You can take it for a long drive and when you get out of the car, you will not be tired at all. 

How good are the brakes of the 2021 Audi TT Roadster?

The braking performance becomes very crucial when it comes to a sports car. When the car is good at acceleration, it must be good at braking also. Since the Audi TT Roadster is not a complete sports car, you do not get the brakes of a sports car too with it. The 2021 Audi TT Roadster gets 12.3-inch brake rotors for the front wheels while the rear wheels get 11.8-inch brake rotors. 

The size of the brake rotors is not bad considering the segment. It takes 154 feet of distance to come to a halt from 60 mph which can not be considered as an impressive braking performance. The bites from the brakes feel good and the braking performance is predictable which makes it a little better. Still, the braking performance needs improvement for the TT Roadster. 

Models

2021 Audi TT Roadster

2021 BMW Z4 

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.3

N/A

13

14

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.8

N/A

11.8

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,395

3,287

3,020

3,395

60-0 (feet)

154

148

142

109

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300 outperforms all the other rivals in the segment with quite a margin when it comes to braking performance. It takes only 109 feet to stop from 60 to 0 miles per hour. The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster comes in the second position but the margin is huge as it takes 142 feet to stop from 60 mph. The 2021 BMW Z4 stands behind the Porsche 718 Boxster at 148 feet of braking distance from the same speed. The 2021 Audi TT Roadster is the last in the competition and it takes the highest distance to come to a standstill from 60 mph at 154 feet.

2021 Audi TT Roadster Fuel Economy

The biggest advantage of the small engine and linear power delivery shows in the fuel economy figures of the Audi TT Roadster. The fuel efficiency of the Audi TT Roadster is really impressive for a car that comes with such a good performance. You can expect 23 miles per gallon of fuel economy in the city, 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and combined fuel efficiency of 26 miles per gallon. Buyers in the segment can not expect a better fuel economy as it is already among the best in the segment. The fuel tank size is also impressive at 14.5 gallons. You can get a maximum highway range of around 450 miles on a full tank.

Models

2021 Audi TT Roadster

2021 BMW Z4 

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300

MPG (City)

23

25

20

23

MPG (Highway)

31

32

26

30

MPG (Combined)

26

28

22

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

13.7

14.2

16.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

333/449/377

342/479/383

284/369/312

381/498/431

The 2021 BMW Z4 offers the best in class fuel economy figures compared to any of its rivals. It offers better fuel efficiency than the Audi TT in every driving situation whether it is city or highway. The only area where Audi TT Roadster goes ahead is the fuel tank capacity as the Bimmer comes with a relatively smaller fuel tank. The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster is the least fuel-efficient car in the segment delivering 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg of combined efficiency. 

It is again not bad for the kind of performance that it offers. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300 impresses the most as it doesn’t compromise on the fuel economy even though it is the fastest car in the lot. The Jaguar F-Type also comes with the largest fuel tank which means it can go around 500 miles without stopping at a gas station.

2021 Audi TT Roadster Interior

The interior of the 2021 Audi TT Roadster has nothing too catchy that will strike you when you enter inside the car. Instead, what you will appreciate is the simplicity that is visible in the interior design. The circular air vents feel sporty and look like the ones you find in the aircraft. You can even control climate control using the knobs that are located in the center of the circular vents. The dashboard looks simple and sophisticated as there is not much of a mess going around there. But that does not mean it is boring in any way. The biggest advantage of the simple design is that it never gets old and boring.

The seats are comfortable and provide good support for the driver and the co-passenger. You get heated front seats with leather upholstery as standard. The TT Roadster also gets neck heaters to provide extra comfort in winters. The door opening is wide which makes getting in and out easier, but it is a low-slung car and it takes some time to get used to it. There are a plethora of adjustability options to get a comfortable driving position. The visibility is also good for the front and rear. Everything inside the cabins including the switch-gears feels premium to touch and there is no cost-cutting in that department. 

Models

2021 Audi TT Roadster

2021 BMW Z4 

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.6/53.6/41.1

38.9/54.3/42.2

N/A

36.8/56.5/42.8

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

8

9.9

4.4

7.3

All the cars in the segment come in a 2-seat configuration only. You can go for the coupe variant of the Audi TT Roadster to get the second row but it won’t make much of a difference in terms of practicality as the space is limited there. Porsche has not revealed the interior dimensions but it gets the smallest cargo capacity for the competition. 

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300 comes with the most spacious interior of the lot. The Bimmer comes with the largest cargo area compared to rivals but again that does not mean a lot of space. The 2021 Audi TT Roadster offers decent space for the driver and the passenger for the segment and the cargo area is also respectable. Standout interior features in the 2021 Audi TT Roadster are:

  • 12-way adjustable front seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Interior air filtration
  • Leather upholstery

What is there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Audi TT Roadster nails it when it comes to the infotainment system inside the car. The TT Roadster gets Audi’s virtual cockpit which is known to offer an intuitive user interface and an overall interactive infotainment system. Being a driver-focused car, the Audi TT Roadster doesn’t come with an infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard. 

The infotainment system is integrated with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The biggest advantage of the screen is that you do not need to take your eyes off to use the infotainment controls. The center console gets a touchpad and a dial-pad for the control of the infotainment screen. You can also use your voice for infotainment commands. The 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system is great for music lovers. Standout infotainment features in the 2021 Audi TT Roadster:

  • A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HD radio and Satellite radio
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo

2021 Audi TT Roadster Exterior

The 2021 Audi TT Roadster is a stellar car to look at and it is hard to ignore the car when you see it on the road. The classic design language of the Audi TT is still retained by the engineers at Audi, but it has been updated over time to keep up with the latest Audi design language. The exterior styling of the Audi TT Roadster still remains subtle and there is not much going around the exterior of the car. The car looks pleasing to your eyes no matter from which angle you look at it. The large single-frame grille in the front along with the sleek LED headlights makes the look sexy from the front. 

The side gets 18-inch alloy wheels housed inside the muscular wheel arches, adding sportiness to the design. You can upgrade the wheels to bigger 19-inch wheels with the S Line Competition package. The rear design also follows the simplicity in the sexiest way possible. The LED brake lights also act as turn indicators and complement the rear look. The rear also gets single exhaust tips at both ends of the car. If you opt for the S Line Competition package, then you can make the exterior styling even sportier with black exterior trims, red brake calipers, and a fixed rear wing. 

Models

2021 Audi TT Roadster

2021 BMW Z4 

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300

Curb Weight (lb)

3,395

3,287

3,020

3,395

Length (inches)

165

170.7

172.4

176

Width (inches)

72.1

73.7

70.9

75.7

Height (inches)

53.4

51.4

50.4

51.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.1

N/A

3.9

Wheelbase (inches)

98.6

97.2

97.4

103.2

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300 is the longest and the widest convertible in the segment. It is also the lowest to the ground with a ground clearance of 3.9-inch. The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster comes next in terms of length while the BMW Z4 takes the second position for width. The Audi TT Roadster is the most compact car in the segment but takes the second position after the Jaguar F-Type Convertible in terms of wheelbase. It also comes with the best in class ground clearance. Standout exterior features in the 2021 Audi TT Roadster are:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
  • Power spoiler

2021 Audi TT Roadster Safety

The Audi TT Roadster has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) yet. But Audi has taken care of the safety aspect of the TT Roadster very well. The TT Roadster is based on the MQB platform of the VW group. The Audi TT has been made of high-strength light materials that keep you safe without compromising performance. There is generous active safety features standard with the 2021 Audi TT Roadster to save you from any unexpected incident. The active safety features and the driver assistance features standard with the Audi TT are at par with the other rivals and even better in some cases. Standard safety features include in the 2021 Audi TT Roadster are:

  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Emergency Braking Assist

2021 Audi TT Roadster Competition

2021 Audi TT Roadster vs. 2021 BMW Z4 

Both German competitors come very close to each other in almost every aspect. The BMW Z4 is faster than the Audi TT Roadster with a slight margin. The Bimmer also manages to return a better fuel efficiency and mileage compared to the Audi. The interior of both cars offers a similar space inside the cabin where BMW Z4 takes a small advantage. The Audi TT comes with better agility but the driving dynamics of the Bimmer is not behind either. You will not regret buying any of the two-car as they are very close in almost every aspect. 

2021 Audi TT Roadster vs. 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster comes from the same VW family and the two convertibles are closely matched. If you want better handling and performance, then the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster is a clear winner. It comes with better outright acceleration and feels sportier of the two from behind the wheels. But if you want a slightly better fuel economy and practicality, the Audi TT Roadster should be your pick. 

2021 Audi TT Roadster vs. 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type Convertible P300 can still turn more eyes on the road compared to any other car in the segment. The performance of the F-Type is close to the Audi TT Roadster. But when it comes to the quarter-mile run the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is the fastest convertible in the competition. It also comes with the most spacious cabin which makes it a more practical option. The larger fuel tank with the Jaguar F-Type results in the best in class highway range. The one area where Audi goes ahead is in the tech inside the cabin and a more intuitive infotainment system.

2021 Audi TT Roadster Final Verdict

You might have already got your answer to this question. The Audi TT Roadster scores well in almost every area. The classic Audi TT design language has been updated regularly and it is still a stunning car to look at. The interior is fairly practical for the segment. The intuitive infotainment system comes with Audi’s flagship state-of-the-art Audi virtual cockpit interface. The performance and driving dynamics will also impress the buyers. The fuel economy is not a compromise either. Considering all these factors, the Audi TT Roadster deserves to be on your list if you are looking for a convertible in the segment.