The Audi TTS Premium Plus Roadster is the convertible version of the Audi TTS Coupe. Priced at $50,000 retail, this sporty convertible features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With 265 available horsepower and direct fuel injection, performance should never be an issue with that Audi TTS Coupe. It is a welcome alternative to the perennial dominators of the luxury convertible class, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 and the BMW Z4 sDrive 35i. The Audi TTS offers as much performance as the competition for less cash outlay.

Audi TTS Roadster Models

The Audi TTS comes in two trim levels, the Premium Plus Coupe and Premium Plus Roadster, but the Roadster actually has less available cabin room. The Coupe offers a “backseat” which is, however, too small for most adults. Average gas mileage is identical for both models, with the Coupe and the Roadster each offering 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway.

Performance for the Premium Plus Roadster is enhance by a variety of standard features. The TTS Roadster comes with anti-lock brakes, brake assist, four-wheel ventilated brakes, electronic brake distribution, electronic traction control, and electronic stabilization control.

The TTS Roadster also has a variety of exterior features which not only contribute to its good looks but also to safety. Convertible rollover protection is provided by a fixed hoop, and the fog front lights, daytime running lights, headlight cleaners, and bi-xenon headlights with projector beam lenses all contribute to enhanced visibility. Intermittent windshield wipers and a rear window defroster keep your windshield clean, and power heated mirrors on the driver and passenger side ensure visibility in even the frostiest weather.

The interior is where the Audi TTS Roadster really shines. Standard features include fully-automated climate control, diversity antenna, anti-theft protection, and an audio system with AM/FM, CD, and MP3 capabilities. RDS and satellite radio are also included. There is a total of 8.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. Cruise control, dusk-sensing headlight controls, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and micro- and active-carbon filter air cleaning systems round out the impressive list of the Roadster’s standard features.

Audi TTS Roadster Warranty

Audi offers its standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty on all TTS Roadster models, and includes four years of unlimited-mileage roadside assistance as well. As a bonus, Audi also includes the first scheduled maintenance visit at 5,000 miles free of charge for new car buyers. Repair costs for the TTS Roadster are estimated to be $363 for the fourth year of ownership, after the warranty expires, and $801 for the fifth year, for a total of $1,164 for the first five years you own your Audi TTS Roadster.

Audi TTS Roadster Safety Ratings

The 2012 Audi TTS Roadster has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the federal government in front, side, or rollover crashes. However, Edmunds did test the 2012 Audi TTS for stopping capability, and found that the vehicle could stop from 60 miles per hour in an impressive 113 feet. The 2012 Audi TTS Roadster includes a variety of safety features, including an integrated fixed hoop rollbar, front and side driver and passenger airbags, Quattro all-wheel drive, hold assist to keep the car in place on hills, and a special feature which helps prevent against whiplash for front passengers and driver. While rollover safety is always a concern with convertibles, Audi has done everything possible to make the car safe for drivers and passengers alike.

How much does car insurance cost for the Audi TTS Roadster?

Average car insurance costs for the 2012 Audi TTS Roadster are $1,823 per year, compared to the TTS Coupe which averages $1,733 per year. Competitive vehicles like the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 average $1,663 per year, and the 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive 35i averages $1,537 per year. While Audi saves owners money on initial purchase and maintenance, average insurance prices tend to be much higher for this model than for comparable cars. At an average of $300 per year more for automobile insurance, the 2012 Audi TTS Roadster will cost $1,500 more over the first five years than other models. However, you can often save money on these average prices by managing your coverage and deductibles carefully.

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