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2004 Audi TT Review

Very stylish and an original design that most will appreciate.

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Overview

The Audi TT is a two-door sport coupe or roadster from the German carmaker. These TT began production in 1998 and is currently in its second generation. Models are built on a transverse front-engine front drive or front-engine Quattro on-demand four-wheel-drive layout.

The first models included those in production from 1998 through mid 2006. The styling was distinctive, compact and rounded with a bubble-type cockpit toward the center of the wheelbase, and large tires compared to overall size. The current generation TT models include those beginning production mid 2006 to today. Drivers can choose from a six-speed manual with an S tronic or a seven-speed S tronic and the RS only. General design is similar to previous models but with a more aggressive front-end and more angular lines. The cockpit’s bubble-type appearance remains very similar to past models except in the back where the rear window angles directly into the boot area. The only 2004 model addition is a V-6 version with a sequential manual gearbox that features paddles on the steering wheel.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, roadster
Engines: 1.8-liter inline-four, 3.2-liter V-6

Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed auto-shift, six-speed automatic
Models: Audi TT 1.8-liter FrontTrak coupe, Audi TT 1.8-liter FrontTrack roadster, Audi TT 1.8-liter Quattro coupe, Audi TT 1.8-liter Quattro roadster, Audi TT 3.2-liter Quattro coupe, Audi TT 3.2-liter Quattro roadster

What's New

For 2004, the exterior and most features remain the same, but a more powerful 250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 is added. This model gets a sequential manual transmission with paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifts.

Exterior

The 2004 Audi TT exterior is the most impressive thing about the vehicle, overall. It has an original profile that resembles a sportier, closer-to-the-road, slightly flatter, VW Beetle. Nothing changed between the 2003 and 2004 design. All models measure only 159.1 inches long overall and 53 inches tall. Models come with six-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with standard 17-inch tires or optional 18-inch tires. The roadster model has a power top with a glass window and the front-drive has a fabric top that is manipulated by hand.

Interior

The 2004 Audi TT interior is a little cramped. The seats are set low, making it difficult to get in and out of for many. In the coupe models, the backseat is not really usable for most adults and the roadster fairs only slightly better. There are a range of quality trims available, and the Premium Package includes plenty of options.

Performance & Handling

The 225-hp 1.8-liter engine performs well with descent acceleration within its class and a fun feel; the 250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 improves noticeably upon this, and even the smallest engine, the 180-hp version does a descent job. Handling is excellent on all vehicles. Rough surfaces give the TT some problems and driver and passengers may feel jostled. Other than styling, the highlight is perhaps the six-speed performance on the 1.8-liter models.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2004 Audi TT include seat-mounted head and chest side-impact airbags, all-disc anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stabilization, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi TT 180hp convertible: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Audi TT 180hp coupe: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Audi TT 225hp Quattro, convertible, coupe: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Audi TT 250hp Quattro, convertible: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Audi TT 250hp Quattro coupe: 20/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Handling
  • Operation of manual gearbox
  • 225-hp engine and 250-hp engine performance
  • Style
  • Resale value

You Won't Like

  • Interior space
  • Getting in and out
  • Comfort
  • Performance of 180-hp engine

Sum Up

Very stylish and an original design that most will appreciate.

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