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2003 Audi TT

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$1,463 — $10,855 USED
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2-4 Seats
24-25 MPG
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from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Audi’s stylish sports car was introduced for the 2000 model year, initially as a four-place coupe and later in two-passenger Roadster form. The TT gets several significant revisions for 2003. Most notably, a six-speed-automatic transmission is becoming available for front-wheel-drive (FWD) models with the 180-horsepower engine. Until now, all TTs came only with a manual shift.

All-season 17-inch tires are available, and TTs equipped with the 225-hp engine can have 18-inch tires. The cast-alloy wheels have been updated, and a new-generation Audi concert radio includes an in-dash CD player. All stereos have noise-dampening AudioPilot systems. The grille has been redesigned with vertical and horizontal cross sections. The TT comes with FWD or permanently engaged quattro all-wheel drive (AWD).

Exterior
The TT’s styling features short front and rear overhangs and what Audi calls a “low, fastback greenhouse” above a high belt line. Despite its shared chassis and an overall profile that hints at Volkswagen’s New Beetle, the TT flaunts unique, rounded styling that results in an integrated, attention-grabbing appearance. Straight lines occur only along the sides of its body between the front and rear wheels.

All TTs are 159.1 inches long overall and 53 inches tall. The 225-hp models get 17-inch tires, and 18-inchers are optional. Audi’s 180-hp FWD models ride on 16-inch tires or optional 17-inchers. Ground clearance is a mere 4.4 inches.

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Vehicle Overview
Audi’s stylish sports car was introduced for the 2000 model year, initially as a four-place coupe and later in two-passenger Roadster form. The TT gets several significant revisions for 2003. Most notably, a six-speed-automatic transmission is becoming available for front-wheel-drive (FWD) models with the 180-horsepower engine. Until now, all TTs came only with a manual shift.

All-season 17-inch tires are available, and TTs equipped with the 225-hp engine can have 18-inch tires. The cast-alloy wheels have been updated, and a new-generation Audi concert radio includes an in-dash CD player. All stereos have noise-dampening AudioPilot systems. The grille has been redesigned with vertical and horizontal cross sections. The TT comes with FWD or permanently engaged quattro all-wheel drive (AWD).

Exterior
The TT’s styling features short front and rear overhangs and what Audi calls a “low, fastback greenhouse” above a high belt line. Despite its shared chassis and an overall profile that hints at Volkswagen’s New Beetle, the TT flaunts unique, rounded styling that results in an integrated, attention-grabbing appearance. Straight lines occur only along the sides of its body between the front and rear wheels.

All TTs are 159.1 inches long overall and 53 inches tall. The 225-hp models get 17-inch tires, and 18-inchers are optional. Audi’s 180-hp FWD models ride on 16-inch tires or optional 17-inchers. Ground clearance is a mere 4.4 inches.

Quattro-equipped roadsters have a power top with a glass window, while the FWD convertibles get a manually operated fabric roof; power operation is an option. All convertibles have a power-retractable glass wind blocker mounted between the structural roof bars, which sit behind the headrests.

Interior
The front occupants sit low to the ground, which makes it necessary to twist and turn when entering and exiting because of the sloping roof pillars. The coupe’s backseat is essentially a token space.

Convertible options include red amber leather upholstery with unique baseball-glove stitching. An optional Premium Package includes heated front seats and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Under the Hood
Base FWD models carry a 180-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that mates with the new six-speed automatic with Tiptronic gear selection. The higher-performance model with the 225-hp engine is equipped with the six-speed manual and quattro AWD.

Safety
Audi’s Electronic Stabilization Program, all-disc antilock brakes, and seat-mounted head and chest side-impact airbags are standard. Traction control is included in the FWD models.

Driving Impressions
Not many cars express more visual appeal than the TT, but its low roofline yields a cramped feeling. This sports car’s handling is a prime attraction. The TT reacts quickly and goes just where you want it to, though steering demands some effort. The ride can get stiff on rough surfaces, and some bouncing is likely even on smooth pavement, but the TT turns in an enjoyable road-going experience.

The clutch can be a trifle grabby, but the TT offers an appealing blend of gearing and clutch behavior. Masterful is the word for the five-speed gearbox that teams with the 180-hp engine. Acceleration is reasonably satisfying, but the extra 45 hp in the stronger 1.8-liter makes it even more alluring.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
Posted on 3/26/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Loved this car. Wish I had kept it

by Tom Loves cars from Woodstown NJ on May 20, 2019

Can’t afford a Vett. The TT is cheaper and just as much fun. I now own a 2002 Vett so I’ve driven and owned both. Read full review

(4.0)

Fun car to own.

by CDB from Texas on November 13, 2018

Great looking boutique sports car! Really have enjoyed this vehicle, but changes in family, we had new baby. For car seats and such we require a larger car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2003 Audi TT currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2003 Audi TT has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TT received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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