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2005 Audi TT

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$4,161 — $12,065 USED
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Convertible
2-4 Seats
24-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Handling
  • Manual-gearbox operation
  • Performance with 225- and 250-hp engines
  • Appearance
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Cramped cockpit
  • Minimal backseat in the coupe
  • Ride comfort
  • Difficult entry and exit

What to Know

about the 2005 Audi TT
  • Choice of three engines
  • Available 250-hp V-6 with Direct Shift Gearbox
  • Coupe or roadster
  • FWD or AWD
  • Electronic Stabilization Program

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Audi introduced its stylish TT four-place coupe for 2000. A two-passenger roadster arrived later. A six-speed-automatic transmission in 180-horsepower front-wheel-drive models became available in 2003; until then, all TTs featured only manual gearboxes.

The TT is also available with permanently engaged quattro all-wheel drive, as well as a 225-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. A V-6 version with a Direct Shift sequential manual gearbox that uses steering-wheel paddles to change ratios debuted in 2004. Little has changed for 2005.

Exterior
Short front and rear overhangs and what Audi calls a “low, fastback greenhouse” above a high belt line set the styling tone. The TT flaunts unique, rounded styling and an attention-grabbing appearance.

All models are 159.1 inches long overall and 53 inches tall. Six-spoke cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires. All-season and 18-inch tires are optional for quattro models. Ground clearance measures a mere 4.4 inches.

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

The 250-hp TT adds a raised front apron with side gills and enlarged inlet openings. A bigger rear spoiler and honeycomb-pattern diffuser help reduce rear-end lift.

Interior
Front-seat occupants sit low, whic...

Vehicle Overview
Audi introduced its stylish TT four-place coupe for 2000. A two-passenger roadster arrived later. A six-speed-automatic transmission in 180-horsepower front-wheel-drive models became available in 2003; until then, all TTs featured only manual gearboxes.

The TT is also available with permanently engaged quattro all-wheel drive, as well as a 225-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. A V-6 version with a Direct Shift sequential manual gearbox that uses steering-wheel paddles to change ratios debuted in 2004. Little has changed for 2005.

Exterior
Short front and rear overhangs and what Audi calls a “low, fastback greenhouse” above a high belt line set the styling tone. The TT flaunts unique, rounded styling and an attention-grabbing appearance.

All models are 159.1 inches long overall and 53 inches tall. Six-spoke cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires. All-season and 18-inch tires are optional for quattro models. Ground clearance measures a mere 4.4 inches.

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

The 250-hp TT adds a raised front apron with side gills and enlarged inlet openings. A bigger rear spoiler and honeycomb-pattern diffuser help reduce rear-end lift.

Interior
Front-seat occupants sit low, which makes it necessary to twist and turn when entering and exiting the coupe because of its sloping roof pillars. The coupe’s backseat is essentially token space. Roadsters seat only two people. Nappa leather and automatic climate control are standard.

One convertible option includes leather upholstery with unique “Baseball Optic” stitching. Audi’s navigation system and a Premium Package featuring heated front seats are available.

Under the Hood
Base front-drive models carry a 180-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which mates to a six-speed-automatic transmission that includes a manual-shift provision. Higher-performance models hold a 225-hp engine, a six-speed manual and quattro all-wheel drive. Only a sequential manual transmission, called the Direct Shift Gearbox, is available with the 250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6. That gearbox pre-selects the next ratio, and the change takes place under load.

Safety
Audi’s Electronic Stabilization Program stability system, all-disc antilock brakes, and seat-mounted head and chest side-impact airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Not many cars express more visual appeal than the TT, but its low roofline yields a cramped cockpit. The TT’s handling is a prime attraction. Steering demands some effort, but the TT reacts quickly and goes just where you want it. 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 best word to describe the six-speed gearbox. Acceleration is reasonably satisfying, but the TT is even more alluring when equipped with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder that pumps out an additional 45 hp.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(4.0)

Safe & Fast Car

by Audi TT Beauty from Santa Rosa on July 9, 2019

I love driving this car. It is comfortable, solid, beautiful, and has a lot of zip. I have two cars and need to sell one. The other one is more practical. Read full review

(5.0)

A Great Car

by Monchmant on April 25, 2018

This was my first Audi and it has been a reliable, well built car in the 11 years I have owned it. It has an eye catching design and with the 3.2 liter engine, it is very fast and holds the road well. ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2005 Audi TT currently has 1 recall


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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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