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2005 Audi TT Review
Prioritizes style over performance.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2005 TT falls into the first generation of two-door sports cars manufactured by Audi AG. The car sells as a 2+2 coupe or a two-seat roadster. The name TT originates from the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race held in the British island of the same name. The carmaker NSU began competing in this race in 1911, and this company would later go on to become part of Audi AG.
The production model Audi TT debuted as a coupe in 1998. It launched as a roadster almost a year later. The car uses the Volkswagen Group A4 platform, which also forms the basis for the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, Skoda Octavia, and several other cars. The car was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award in 2000 and featured in the Ten Best lists compiled by Car And Driver magazine in 2000 and 2001.
The 2005 Audi TT also sells in a limited-edition coupe version called the TT Quattro Sport. This model comes fitted with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter engine and can go from a standstill to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Engines: 1.8-liter I-4, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed Tiptronic, six-speed DSG
Models: Audi TT 180hp, Audi TT 225hp Quattro, Audi TT 250hp Quattro
The 2005 Audi TT now comes with satellite radio. It shows very few other changes from the previous model.
The Audi TT features unique styling that blends short overhangs at the front and rear with a high beltline. The exterior of the car grabs a lot of attention with its unique, rounded styling. All models of the TT stand 53 inches tall and 159 inches long. Ground clearance reaches only 4.4 inches. Models with the Quattro system have a heated glass window as a power top, and front-drive convertibles have a manually operated fabric roof.
The 2005 Audi TT with the 250-hp V-6 proves slightly different from others, and can be distinguished by its raised front apron and side gills, as well as enlarged inlet openings. The large rear spoiler and honeycomb-pattern diffuser reduce the rear-end lift.
The interior of the Audi TT uses mostly aluminum and leather in a clearly industrial theme. Overall, the interior mixes modern design with retro design elements to form a rather good-looking package. The power glass wind blocker keeps the chilly wind from flowing in the TT roadster. With a trunk space of 6.4 cubic feet for the roadster and 13.8 cubic feet for the coupe, cargo accommodation seems like an afterthought.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Audi TT comes with three engine options. The front-drive roadster and coupe come fitted with a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, straight-four engine that delivers 180 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. The engine mates to a standard six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual as an option. Audi TT Quattro all-wheel drive models come with another version of the 1.8-liter engine. This version delivers 225 horsepower and comes with a standard six-speed manual.
A 3.2-liter, V-6 engine remains optional, delivering 250 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and mates to Audi’s Direct Shift Gearbox or DSG. This works as an electronically controlled manual gearbox that improves smoothness in gearshifts and offers the convenience of an automatic transmission with the ability to quickly shift gears through steering-wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.
Despite some impressive powertrain options, the 2005 Audi TT instantly makes its soft suspension and heaviness evident. However, the top-of-the-line V-6 can help the TT keep up with even its best competitors, including the BMW Z4 and Infiniti G35 in straight-line acceleration. The suspension offers a smooth ride, but pushing the engine harder can quickly reveal the amount of wallowing the car tends to do. Despite its shortcomings, the 2005 Audi TT still makes a good choice in terms of comfort and performance.
The 2005 Audi TT comes with standard safety features, such as electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, head airbags, and side curtain airbags. According to Audi, the protection offered by the TT roadster in the event of a rollover remains the same as that of the coupe. The 2005 Audi TT earns full five-star ratings for front-occupant safety in government side-impact crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi TT 3.2-liter V-6 engine: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Unique styling
- Modern interiors
- DSG transmission
- Powerful V-6 engine
- Optional all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Confusing controls
- Problematic handling
- Rear seat rendered useless in the coupe
Prioritizes style over performance.
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