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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2006. - 2010.
S - Sports car
cabriolet, 2 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2008.
S - Sports car
cabriolet, 2 door
rear

Dimensons & Outlines

4178 mm
1842 mm
1358 mm
250 liters
250 liters
55 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4089 mm
1777 mm
1296 mm
208 liters
300 liters
70 liters
2006 Audi TT Roadster
2004 Mercedes Benz SLK

Engine

Volkswagen
3.2 VR6
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
3189 cc
250 hp
320 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
3.0 M272 KE30
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2996 cc
231 hp
300 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1470 kg
6.1 s
250 km/h
14.8 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
10.4 l/100km
250 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1340 kg
6.3 s
250 km/h
13.8 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
9.7 l/100km
231 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1490 kg
5.9 s
250 km/h
13.0 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
9.5 l/100km
227 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 7 gears
1360 kg
6.2 s
250 km/h
12.9 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
231 g/km

Expenses

7300 EUR
Price from
7300 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 2-door cabriolet body style within the same 'Sports car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Audi and rear in the case of the Mercedes Benz). The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 250hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 231hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

Safety

The fact that the Audi got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the sports car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Audi TT offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed TT as average reliability-wise, and SLK is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Audi TT rank it on average as 4.3, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 250 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be SLK, averaging around 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (29 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 7% difference compared to Audi TT.


Verdict

Audi appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Audi TT beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Audi. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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