The 2003 Audi TT is a classy sports vehicle available in two body styles, namely the convertible and the coupe. In spite of its diminutive size, it packs power in its 1.8-liter, 225-hp horsepower engine while riding on 18-inch tires with five- or seven-spoke alloy wheels. Its curvaceous and aerodynamic shape, front drive, and six-speed automatic transmission all combine to deliver speed. Except for the four circles brand on the signature grille, it takes a different direction from the familiar Audi family body structure. Instead, it has a trendy sports image that fits well on the list of luxury vehicles.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 1.8-liter I-4, 1.8-liter I-4
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Audi TT Coupe, Audi TT Roadster, Audi TT Coupe Quattro, Audi TT Roadster Quattro
The 2003 Audi TT has a sportier look with five- or seven-spoke alloy wheels. The transmission gets an upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission fitted with Tiptronic Audi technology. To give more options to the target market, the entertainment system gets an upgrade.
The sporty 2003 Audi TT comes with a rear spoiler as a standard feature on both the coupe and roadster body types with variable intermittent wipers and the rear window defogger. The little vehicle sits on 95.4 inch wheelbase, and its outer dimensions are 73.1 inches wide, 53 inches tall, 159.1 inches long, and it rides on 4.4 inches of ground clearance. Its sloping rear diminishes the cargo room to 24.2 cubic feet maximum cargo capacity and rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55R W performance tires being the standard fit.
The 2003 Audi TT is as appealing as its exterior. It has height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats. The interior upholstery is leather, which is on all the seats and steering wheel. The power fittings include remote power door locks, heated mirrors, and power windows, and power steering is on a tilt and telescopic leather-covered steering wheel. To enhance the look of luxury and style, the interior combines leather with an alloy trim on the center console, on the dashboard, and on the doors. There are reading lights in the front and the rear, and when open the trunk lights. Both the driver and the front passenger get an illuminating vanity mirror each.
The 2003 Audi TT includes additional fittings on the dashboard such as a clock, and an AM/FM radio with a single CD-player. The sound system includes six stereo speakers of 80 watts and comes pre-wired for mobile phone use. It has front console storage and cup holders in the front and in the rear. For convenience and safety, it has remote trunk release capability and a first aid kit. The outer dimensions are 37.8 inches of headroom, 41.2 inches of legroom, and 55.6 inches of shoulder room in the front, making it a tight fit for taller occupants. The back seat has 32.6 inches of headroom, 20.2 inches of legroom, and 48.1 inches of shoulder room, which may make some adults feel cramped.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 Audi TT is a front-drive, six-speed transmission with shift-automatic Audi technology. The base engine is 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 180-hp at 5500 rpm, 173 lb-ft torque at 1950 rpm with 20 valves, and double overhead cam (DOHC). The suspension system includes MacPherson strut suspension in the front, torsion beam suspension in the rear, and independent suspension in the front. It has ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels, solid disc brakes for the rear wheels, and electronic brake-force distribution as a standard safety feature.
The 2003 Audi TT continues to improve on the safety of the occupants as it has seatbelts with pre-tension and side airbags and front airbags with head protection chambers for both front row occupants. The seat-mounted head airbags and the chest side-impact airbags are standard. The headrests inside are height-adjustable, while the rear seat has child seat anchors. It has remote anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer system. For better visibility, fog lights and powerful headlamps come standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi TT Coupe: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Audi TT Roadster: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Audi TT Coupe Quattro: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Audi TT Roadster Quattro: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Attractive body design
- Stability at higher speeds
- Audi engineering
You Won't Like
- Interior upholstery
- Back seat too cramped
A sleek and classy vehicle for consumers who appreciate style.
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