Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

If there’s one single component of the Audi TT experience that will sell the car, it’s the cabin. It is a genuine masterclass in minimalist quality design, and it all centres around the driver-focused Audi Virtual Cockpit display.

By siting the main screen in front of the driver, rather than at the top, or inlaid in the middle, of the centre console it left the designers free to sculpt a clean and free-flowing moulding unlike anything else. Combining the climate controls into the centre dials of the air-vents themselves is a stroke of genius too.

Sure, passengers might bemoan the lack of interaction available to them, but from the driver’s seat it all makes sense. The ability to alter the presentation of the instruments behind the steering wheel, with a mixture of mapping, audio, trip figures and of course essential speed and engine readouts is a neat trick. TTS models get a bespoke layout option for performance driving with a central rev-counter and numerical speedometer.

It may take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the MMI touch controller, and steering wheel mounted controls, in a bid to navigate through the various option and parameters of the display’s functions and menus, but for long-term owners this won’t be an issue beyond day two with the car.

Fine detailing and an un-surpassed (at this price point) level of quality abound too, from the intricate stitching found on the steering wheel airbag boss to the micro-thin panel gaps for the trim. The flat-bottomed steering wheel isn’t overly obvious in its mis-shape either, and though it boasts a multitude of controls it both looks good and feels pleasant to grip.

Only the oversized gearknob, especially prevalent on the six-speed manual, drops the cabin down from anything but a perfect ten. Certainly where the first generation Audi TT and TT Roadster redefined the benchmark for interior quality, the third generation TT is doing the same.

This is not designed as a hardcore sports car, so it’s no surprise that Audi TT Roadster comfort is rather impressive. Certainly for a car to cover big miles in, any one of the TT Roadster offerings would excel at the job, with a well-damped ride and quiet cabin.

That roof is certainly well-insulated, and even in heavy rain, it is nearly complete in its ability to shield the cabin from unwanted noise so often associated with fabric-roofed vehicles. Being able to retract it at up to 31mph in just ten seconds ensures you’re never caught short whether the sun is suddenly appearing or the rain is pouring down.

Take advantage of the open-air experience and you’ll be glad of the heated seats, which now include a head-level heating element which blows warm air from just below the headrest onto the nape of your neck. Like the heated seats themselves, it’s all controlled by the intuitive and masterfully designed air-vents on the dashboard, and offers three stages of warmth.

If you can, opt for the Supersports seats too, the adjustable side bolsters ensuring they can hug the figure of the leanest or lardiest occupants, and combined with the steering wheel and other seat adjustments means a perfect driving position is easy to obtain.