Kelley Blue Book ® - 2003 Audi TT Overview

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KBB.com 2003 Audi TT Overview

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Audi's Cozy Coupe

The Audi TT coupe—and its convertible sidekick, the TT roadster—represent a terrific value. They are sleek and stylish, powerful and sure footed and best of all, come with the option of an all-wheel drive system that raises the TT's performance to levels unmatched by its two-wheel drive competitors; all this in a package that starts below $35K.

The TT comes in two trim levels: base and Quattro. The TT's rounded exterior gives the car a very slippery surface area. This means that instead of fighting the wind, the car slips through it using less fuel while improving its ride and handling characteristics. The shape has also allowed Audi engineers to build-in crash protection in the form of crumple zone, thick side-door beams and strengthened A-pillar and roof rails. On the convertible TT, two large U-shaped tubes fixed directly behind the driver and passenger headrest serve as rollover protection in the event of an accident.

Inside, the TT offers excellent legroom for driver and passenger as well as plenty of headroom. Though tall occupants can fit into the TT, they may find that entry and exit require some effort and once inside, the thick windshield pillars and small side windows somewhat hamper visibility, especially upward visibility, as when looking at stoplights or overhead freeway signs.

The TT's dash design is simply beautiful; stunning in its intricate detail and continuity. All the switchgear has a retro 1930's industrial look to it, enhanced by a generous dose of brushed aluminum accents and trim rings. At night, the dash becomes even more alluring with red backlighting on every switch, lever and vent; glowing white indicator needles complete the lightshow. The sculpted sport seats are extremely comfortable, providing generous support for the lower back, sides and thighs. You'll also like the TT's steering wheel, which 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 rest your arm comfortably atop the door when cruising. New for 2003 is a two-tone Ocean Blue and Vanilla leather interior that will take your breath away (coupe model only).

TT coupes feature a tiny rear seat that is almost uninhabitable by adults, thanks primarily to the sloping roofline; you'll probably find the seat makes an excellent place to stow overnight luggage. You can also fold the rear seat down, and take full advantage of the TT's large rear hatch design. On the TT roadster, the rear seat is removed to make room for the folding top. Base model TT roadsters feature a manually operated top while the Quattro offers a power-operated unit. Both cars feature a glass rear window with defroster.

The base car is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that produces a healthy 180-horsepower. For 2003, a new 6-speed Tiptronic automatic is standard, but no manual transmission is offered. The new Tiptronic is the best Audi transmission yet, delivering quick, precise shifts with nearly seamless transition. If, however, you prefer to shift your own gears, then the Quattro is the vehicle of choice. Its 225-horsepower engine is teamed to a six-speed manual transmission and coupled to Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Whichever model you choose, you'll find a thrill ride awaits you with each outing. Turn-in, the time it takes a car to respond to steering wheel input is instantaneous, but under hard acceleration the front-drive TT will exhibit some oversteer, which the anti-slip regulator quickly brings under control. The Quattro models do much better, evenly distributing the engine's power to all four wheels. With this system onboard, you can toss the TT into the tightest of turns without fear, and you'll be amazed at how quickly the car can perform zig-zag-like avoidance maneuvers, such as when an object unexpectedly appears in the roadway or an animal leaps in front of you.

Audi always loads their cars with plenty of standard goodies and the TT is no exception. Base models feature power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, head and chest seat-mounted side airbags, height-adjustable seats, AM/FM stereo with CD and six-speakers, fog lights, rear spoiler, speed control and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Quattro includes leather seats, onboard computer and 17-inch alloy wheels. Options include heated seats, Bose premium audio, 18-inch wheels and navigation system.

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