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2013 Audi TT Review
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The 2013 Audi TT carries on a design that stretches back to 1994. Built on the Volkswagen Group A chassis, the 2013 TT is simply a torchbearer, rather than a trailblazer. Little change is seen for this model year and the TT retains most of the updates imparted to the lineup in its 2006 facelift. The Audi TT is fun, gas-sipping, and more elegant than fast. With a design that is decidedly avant-garde, the 2013 Audi TT is a unique offering in the modern marketplace. With 22/31 mpg city/highway, the 2013 Audi TT’s fuel economy may well be its most important performance factor. Nevertheless, there is something visually striking about the appearance of the TT. And, the exhaust note, while not as menacing as some of its German competitors’, is nice. In fact, the 2013 Audi TT may be best described as a sporty German car that looks tough but behaves nicely.
New For 2013
For the most part, the Audi TT is unchanged for the 2013 model year. One notable option is added:
- S-Line completion package is an available option
The sleek, galvanized steel body panels of the 2013 Audi TT are visually striking and distinctly German-looking. Available as a coupe and a convertible, the 2013 Audi TT features 18-inch alloy wheels, performance tires, rear spoiler, and cargo tie-downs. The TT offers two-tone color schemes, front grille filler panel, and custom wheels as available options. Both the coupe and the convertible versions of the 2013 Audi TT feature sleek, rounded curves that retain German contours but hint at the Italian-leaning tendencies of Audi’s design team.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Audi TT is everything one would expect from the company. The design is tasteful and feature-rich, using quality materials and useful amenities. The coupe features two rear seats that are best considered as storage space rather than actual seating for passengers. Folding down the rear seats adds nine cubic-feet of storage, bringing the total to 24 cubic-feet. Other interior features of the 2013 Audi TT include cruise control, cargo net, front console storage, remote trunk release, universal remote transmitter, power steering, steering wheel-mounted transmission and audio controls, and tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Comfort considerations include interior active charcoal filter, climate control, sun sensor, cargo area light, alloy and leather interior trim, and six-way power driver and passenger seats. Leather upholstery is also standard, as are sport front seats. Remote power door locks, power windows, and power mirrors are also included in the standard configuration of the 2013 Audi TT. In-car entertainment includes nine speakers, 140-watt stereo output, AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 playback, Sirius XM satellite radio, and memory card slot. Interior options include upgraded leather, upgraded woods, all-weather floor mats, Audi Connect navigation/internet package, and the Audi First Aid Kit. Like other Audi vehicles, the 2013 TT is comfortable and convenient by any standard.
Safety features of the 2013 Audi TT include four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, front and rear airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, electronic stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, and anti-theft alarm system. Other safety features of the 2013 Audi TT are electronic brake force distribution, pre- and post-collision system, whiplash protection, and brake drying. Xenon high-intensity headlamps are also included as standard.
The 2013 Audi TT may not be the most high-performance model in its class, but it is nimble. Featuring a modest 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, the 2013 TT is more remarkable for its fuel economy than it ability to accelerate. The automated manual transmission performs flawlessly and standard all-wheel drive enhances the overall driving experience of the 2013 Audi TT. McPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension make the Audi TT a confident ride with good handling. Given its price point, the Audi TT is quickly outpaced and out-classed on paper; however, it makes up for performance shortcomings with a first-rate interior features set and highly-appreciable fuel economy.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi TT
- Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
- Nissan 370Z
- Porsche Boxster
- BMW Z4