Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Audi TT Overview

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KBB.com 2002 Audi TT Overview

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Maybe TT is Short for "Totally Topless"

The Stunning Audi TT Roadster continues for 2002 with little need for restyling. There are some improvements on the safety front, including a new Electronic Stability Program (ESP) that helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle in hazardous situations. New this year is a first-in-class seat- mounted head and chest side airbag. Interior upgrades include a new audio system with both in-dash CD and cassette deck and the option of the Homelink universal garage door opener. Two new colors, brilliant White and Moro Blue, grace the both the base and Quattro models and a new deep-blue convertible top will be offered with certain colors.

The TT roadster offers a usable-albeit small-trunk, excellent legroom for both driver and passenger and plenty of headroom-even with the top up. The dash design is pure automotive art, stunning in its intricate detail and continuity. The sculpted sport seats are comfortable and the steering wheel is appropriately thick for a comfortable grip. You will likely find yourself sitting low in the TT, which helps foster a feeling of security. One downside to this design is that you cannot comfortably rest your arm atop the door when cruising.

On the road, the TT sticks to the pavement like chewing gum in July. Turn-in-the time it takes a car to respond to steering wheel input-is instantaneous, but under hard acceleration the TT will exhibit some oversteer, which the anti-slip regulator quickly brings under control. Once past 1500 rpm, the little 1.8-liter turbo pulls hard and briskly moves the TT right into the fun zone. An unexpected benefit of this engine is the surprisingly excellent gas mileage it returns; close to 30 mpg on the highway.

With the top down, the TT's cabin seems almost immune to wind buffeting, thanks in large part to the electrically operated glass windscreen. Thoughtful touches such as heated seats and a terrific bi-level ventilation system allow topless driving even in the coolest climate. Hats off to the Audi engineer that designed the clever single-rotating handle used to lock and latch the manually-operated top into place.

A few points to ponder. With its top up, the TT inherits an enormous blind spot over the driver's shoulder that even the side mirrors cannot resolve and the fixed head rest bothered some drivers. Short of that, the TT is one fun, stylish convertible destined to be a classic.

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