The 2012 Audi TT Roadster has traveled a long road, from laughing stock when it first debuted to a serious, but still fun, roadster with superb handling. One glance at that elegant yet sport body and you can't help but be drawn to it. Especially when the top is down! Though it suffers some of the same problems that many other Audi models have dealt with in the past, the new iteration should prove to be exactly what drivers want in a two-seat sports convertible. Yes, you read that right, there are four seats, but it is being labeled as a two-seater because face it you have to be pint-size to fit back there. It's nice space for a purse or briefcase though.
The TT sports the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the A5 coupe, which produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It accelerates zero to 60 mph in a quick 5.6 seconds, which is respectable for a convertible. The speed is not that impressive compared to competitors like the BMW Z4 though; handling is where the Audi TT roadster shines. Quattro all wheel drive, electronic stability control, and premium sport-tuned suspension all combine to make the TT one of the best handling roadsters in its class.
While classified as a luxury roadster, the 2012 TT lacks the same luxury enjoyed in other Audi models. Although it is well-designed and built with quality materials, the interior is not as daringly imagined as others. In fact, compared to that of the A4, it could be described as utilitarian. That being said, it is still very functional, practical and gorgeous, it's simply not original. One common complaint with the cabin though is that it does feel small, and this doesn't include the backseat issues. The foot wells will argue with anyone taller than average, and dropping the top will occupy most of the trunk space, making it just large enough to stash a beach towel or two.
The Audi TT Roadster is yet to be crash-tested, but with its safety features and Audi's commitment to safety, it should score quite well. Typical safety features for higher end cars, such as blind spot assist, are not included on the TT, but it does offer hill assist, a roll bar, and airbags for the occupant's knees and thorax. Overall, the Audi TT Roadster offers decent performance, excellent handling, and splendid luxury in a car that looks like the performance model of a VW Bug. The cute looks don't adhere to Audi's usual strategy, but when matched with all the other factors, it just seems right.