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2006. - 2009. Production 2006. - 2010.
S - Sports car Vehicle class S - Sports car
coupe, 2 door Body style coupe, 2 door
Rear Wheel drive 4 x 4
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4091 mm
Length 4178 mm
1781 mm
Width 1842 mm
1268 mm
Height 1352 mm
260 liters
Boot (min) 290 liters
260 liters
Boot (max) 700 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Volkswagen
3.2 VR6
Petrol Fuel Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
2996 cc
Displacement 3189 cc
265 hp
Power 250 hp
315 Nm
Torque 320 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1295 kg
Vehicle weight 1410 kg
5.7 s
Acc. 0-100 5.9 s
250 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
12.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 14.7 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.8 l/100km
8.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) 10.3 l/100km
207 g/km
CO2 emissions 247 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1325 kg
Vehicle weight 1430 kg
6.0 s
Acc. 0-100 5.7 s
250 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
12.8 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 12.9 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 7.3 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 9.4 l/100km
217 g/km
CO2 emissions 224 g/km
Expenses
13500 EUR
Price from 10000 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 coupe body style within the same 'Sports car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and 4 x 4 in the case of the Audi). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 265hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 250hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the sports car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Audi TT offers a marginal difference of 9% 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, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW, as well as Audi, with the same average rating of 4.3 out of 5. The same official information place Z4 as average reliability-wise, and TT 15% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as BMW Z4 rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW 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 BMW Z4, averaging around 8.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (33 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 20% 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 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the BMW. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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