2000 Audi TT Review

Pros & Cons

  • Distinct styling, sharp handling, unique interior, optional all-wheel drive.
  • Useless back seat, poor interior ergonomics, horsepower doesn't match what the exterior promises.
List Price Estimate
$2,395 - $5,194

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Edmunds' Expert Review

An artistic triumph in styling, the new 2000 Audi TT Coupe is fun to drive and suitably plush. But we'd advise most people to hold out for the more powerful 2001 quattro model.

Vehicle overview

The 2000 Audi TT Coupe concept car was introduced in 1995, and we hated it. When Audi announced they would build the TT, we scoffed, calling it the automotive equivalent of Miss Piggy. Then, we got up close and personal with the TT at various motor shows and driving evaluations. You could say we've developed an acquired taste for the design.

In person, the car just looks right, appearing aggressive and graceful at the same time. The rear boasts rounded flanks and a cleanly arced roofline. Purposeful styling details are executed with ice-cold precision; it is an instant classic -- a shape that will be a topic of discussion for years.

The base Audi TT comes with a front-engine, front-drive powertrain layout. Its turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine makes 180 horsepower and is connected to a standard five-speed manual transmission. Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system is optional, and there is currently no automatic transmission available.

Inside, Audi has created a "visual and tactile feast" of aluminum, leather and stainless steel. The effect is successful, appearing to be expensively outfitted, but not luxurious in the traditional sense. And, thanks to the hatchback design, the TT offers owners some utility, carrying 13.8 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seat up and 24.2 cubic feet if the rear seat is folded down. Owners might want to keep the rear seats lowered permanently, as they are otherwise useless for hauling people.

Standard equipment includes leather sport seats, cruise control, a tachometer, alloy wheels, a split folding rear seat, and an AM/FM stereo with cassette and speed-sensitive volume control. A six-disc CD changer is optional. Power seats, a sunroof and a full-size spare tire are not available on this car.

To keep passengers safe, Audi installed ABS, traction control and a first-aid kit in the TT. Head and thorax side airbags are also standard. Pre-tensioners and force limiters make seatbelts even more effective than conventional systems and next-generation front airbags deploy at lower speeds.

The TT's styling will make it popular with people who like to impress. However, the horsepower coming from the turbo engine seems to be lacking given the base $30,500 MSRP. True sporting enthusiasts will want to wait until a more powerful version of the TT arrives sometime next year.

2000 Highlights

Audi introduces the funky-looking TT Coupe for the 2000 model year. A turbocharged, 1.8-liter engine squeezes out 180 horsepower for this avant-garde sports car.

Consumer reviews

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total quatro fun
gary m bouvier,08/30/2015
quattro Turbo 2dr Coupe AWD
I have owned my tt for 15 years now and have just had my first bad experience with it. the repair shop charged me 400 bucks to replace an o2 sensor and it still ran like crap...they wanted another 700 to fix the problem...well...first of all this has been the best car ive ever owned, I normally do all my own work and have made some major upgrades such as brembo brakes and rotors, heavy duty torsion bars, larger turbo/ exhaust/ racing ignition..from audi..larger tires and rims but these were made when they needed replacement, except the turbo which I still have. I have driven this car from main to calif to florida to washington. fully loaded with my wife as copilot and were extremely comfortable. Even with the extra hp..about 300..I still get 34 mpg highway and have had fun with a few dodge challengers with their hemis. I'm due for some shocks and a timing belt and hoping I find a reasonable shop to do that. my only [non-permissible content removed] is with audi, the dash acted up almost as soon as I bought it and they replaced it, then about a year later it happened again and I had to pay the second time. well it screwed up again but I have never gotten it fixed, the temp gauge never says its warm and the gas gauge light comes on at 1/2 tank saying its empty. in 2001 they changed the analog part of the dash and from then on their hasn't been a problem. but audi never admitted their was a problem until 2010 and then you had to be the original owner of the vehicle to have it replaced, well I was exempt because I already had mine replaced..another scam. so I live with it and its really not that big a deal. the car has been used for everything from hauling construction material, groceries, cement, windows and doors, 2x4s. camping gear, moving. and my work car everyday. I love it and wish audi would make a motorcycle.
Beautiful Car... But Lots of Problems
II've owned my TT for 8+ years and 115,000 miles. It's had it's share of problems and is not cheap to fix: dead water pump, broken steering rack, two broken ABS sensors, broken wheel bearing, dead ECU, misfiring cylinder, two broken instrument clusters, blown Bose speaker, etc. I still feel its one of the best looking cars on the road and it STILL turns heards today eight years later but it's dying at only 115,000 miles and I need to sell it and something at least a little bit reliable. There is nothing like this car out there anymore though. The new TTs just aren't the same.
Audi TT problems (car is not a turbo)
Within 5 months of purchasing this car I was left stranded on vacation. I was told the clutch was bad and I was not able to shift into any gear but 3rd. I had 2 clutches replaced and the transmission before it was finally repaired. In addition over the next 2 years the rear suspension was replaced, electronics for speedometer and the front windshield due to a stress crack. The low profile tires are terrible. Replaced a total of 8 tires before hitting 25000 miles. The wheels constantly get scratched since they protrude out from the tire. The area inside the gas cap gets plugged and when it rains the water is retained.
nice, but needs fixin'
i bought this car as a certified pre- owned which included the extended warranty. good thing. the car has required regular car and attention and many parts have been replaced similar to the experience of other reviewers-- suspension, problems with alignment, etc. i have the same problem with the wheels and i am not convinced the wheels are ever balanced and aligned. the car is fun to drive, performs well on the road and is terrific for passing and moving up in the pack at high speed. shifting is tight and the clutch seems a bit "delicate" so shifting smoothly is not always easily.

Features & Specs

19 city / 29 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2000 Audi TT
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Audi TT. This is the car a New Beetle wants to be when it grows up. Faster. Stronger. More powerful. More mature. Unabashed. And quite possibly more authentic.

TT. Doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? But it's a unique name for a unique car. The 2000 model year has been a busy one for Audi in terms of new models. There's the TT, the svelte S4 sport sedan, the turbocharged A6 2.7T, and the V8-powered A6 4.2. All of these models are aimed at performance-minded enthusiasts, and the TT is the sports car vanguard.

The name pays homage to a legendary European motorsports event called the Tourist Trophy. The races were held from 1905 to 1922 on the Isle of Man (a small island situated midway between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales). Audi's link to the event is through NSU, a motorcycle and car company that competed in the Tourist Trophy and was ultimately incorporated into the Audi body in 1969. To commemorate NSU's participation, a sport version of the popular NSU Prinz compact car was named TT in 1967. This early TT was built at the Neckarsulm plant, which today manufacturers the Audi A6 and A8. Twenty-eight years later, an Audi TT concept car appeared at the 1995 German Motor Show. People loved it. Audi decided to build it.

The 2000 production TT is put together in Hungary, and it shares common genes with the Volkswagen New Beetle and Golf/Jetta (Audi is owned by Volkswagen). Volkswagen and Audi should congratulate themselves for building such distinct cars off the same platform. The TT's styling is quite radical, and it works. Nothing else on the road looks like it. Classic, modern and mechanical themes all work together on this car. Sitting still, the TT looks tensed. Crouched. The bulked-up wheel arches hold unique 17-inch wheels and then attach to flat sides, themselves rising up to meet both sharp and curved lines. An exposed aluminum gas filler cap harks back to classic race cars. Audi says the edge that separates the roof visually from the tail was only possible by a new type of laser brazing production method. Conclusion? Batman wouldn't have any problem renting one to blend into Gotham traffic if his Batmobile was broken.

The heavy metal styling continues inside. And it's fantastic. Entertainment can be procured just by sitting and fiddling. Twist the aluminum rings that surround the ventilation vents. Notice how the two center vents line up perfectly to the sunken air-vent tubes atop the dash. Raise and lower the aluminum plate that covers the radio. Grab the support struts linking the dashboard to the center console and floor. Look at the exposed machine screws holding down the aluminum shifter plate. Push on the rotary knobs for the heated seats and watch them pop out. Twist them, and illuminated dots appear, indicating the desired level of heat output. This interior is a Playskool toy for adults.

So settle into those Valcona leather seats. They are height-adjustable, firmly padded, and supportive. Two adults fit just fine in front. The TT also has two rear seats, which is two more than the BMW M Coupe can claim. But two adults will not fit just fine in back. These seats (and rear headroom) have been mini-sized. There's actually a sticker on the doorjamb warning of dire consequences if people over 59 inches tall are placed in back. It's like a height requirement for a roller coaster, but opposite. Small kids only, please.

Is this all bad? No, not really. The vestigial seats make insurance agents less giddy. And when they are folded down, the hatchback design swallows a decent 24.2 cubic feet of cargo. If people continue to whine about the small rear seats, smack them and remind them that it's a sports car. Things OK to whine about: a CD changer that is too cleverly hidden in the driver's side rear-seat side panel. Climate controls that are not intuitive. Power window switches that are hard to operate. A roofline arch that even occupants of average height will hit their heads on while getting in. An optional driver information display that washes out in sunlight. Hard-to-reach cupholders. Style, it seems, often takes precedence over functionality when it comes to the TT's interior.

OK, let's get going. Flick out the cool switchblade ignition key and fire up the 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder. This is Audi and Volkswagen's workhorse engine, finding its way into a wide range of products. With five valves per cylinder and a small turbo, the engine has earned high marks for low-end torque and quick responses. It doesn't behave like a turbocharged engine should, which is good. The TT gets a slightly fizzier version, marked by a larger turbo, a different intake manifold and a revised engine management system. It makes 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 173 foot-pounds of torque from 1,950 to 4,700 rpm.

But it's not enough. One hundred and eighty horsepower, as nice as it is, is still only 180 horsepower. The TT is a sports car, yet your neighbor's middling Camry V6 has more grunt. Foul -- red card! Elapsed time from zero-to-60 (the Edmunds.com performance database lists it at 7.2 seconds) is about the same as many under-$25,000 sport hatchbacks and coupes can do. In some cases, it's slower. The TT is an underachieving student in the arts of acceleration and aural stimulation.

Our test car was without the $1,750 quattro all-wheel-drive option. Don't think that this would help acceleration. Unless the TT is placed on slippery roads, the extra 200 pounds of weight and minimal friction losses negate any traction gains. Only if the TT had more horsepower would all-wheel drive be more useful in terms of straight-line acceleration. Quattro-equipped or not, the TT comes with standard ASR traction control.

So no, you can't impress your friends by pummeling the throttle. Better to drive the TT out of the city grid and into worlds less populated. Let the TT stretch out and become aerobic. The short wheelbase and sport suspension that were somewhat detrimental to ride quality on city pavement suddenly become your favorite friends. So do the quick and accurate steering and the highly responsive brakes. Tight blind corner? Zip. Long sweeper? Zop. The optional 225/45R17 tires and 17-inch wheels take the TT to a very impressive .90 maximum g mark. Going around corners, the TT feels like a tether ball. A quattro-equipped TT would be even more fun on curvy roads, given its added traction, better weight distribution, and independent rear suspension.

At this writing, there is continuing hubbub over the TT's alleged unstable nature at high speeds. This problem was first noted by German enthusiast publications. To be honest, there was only one point during our 500-mile evaluation period where we noted any rear-end instability. And without these recent events, we would have forgotten all about it. It's unlikely you would notice any problems during normal or aggressive driving (unless your aggressive driving consists of taking corners at 100 mph and then totally lifting off the throttle). Regardless, Audi has announced a recall of all Audi TTs sold through November 1999 to install revised suspension components. Audi says these parts will be available by January 2000 and a rear spoiler by February 2000.

There's a lot going for the TT. Its styling is beyond reproach, which will no doubt initially attract lots of stylish people who want to look even more stylish. It has front-passenger and seat-mounted side airbags, and we expect the car to obtain excellent government crash test scores (based on the New Beetle's performance). Handling is quite good, and so is the fuel range and gas mileage. It's also more desirable and prestigious than cars like the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, Toyota Celica GT-S or VW Golf GTI.

But it's difficult to compare affordable sporty hatchbacks to the TT. Keep the TT at its base price ($30,500 MSRP), and it's about $7,000-$8,000 more than those cars (with similar levels of equipment). Audi markets the TT as a sports car, and it is a sports car. Our test vehicle rang up at $33,925. Add quattro, and you're looking at $35,625. At this price, base levels of the BMW M Coupe and Chevrolet Corvette are only a few grand away. Both of these sports cars offer considerably more horsepower, performance and consequently, value. In 2001, a 225-horsepower TT quattro arrives on American shores. The price will be higher, but we expect it to be truer to what a sports car should be.

Used 2000 Audi TT Overview

The Used 2000 Audi TT is offered in the following submodels: TT Coupe. Available styles include Turbo 2dr Coupe, and quattro Turbo 2dr Coupe AWD.

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Should I lease or buy a 2000 Audi TT?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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