2019 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 4C and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 4C has a standard 160-amp alternator. The TT’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (237 vs. 228) than the TT 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo 4C is faster than the Audi TT:

 

4C

TT 45 TFSI

TTS

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.7 sec

1.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

5.2 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.7 sec

14.1 sec

10.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

6.6 sec

5.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

2.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.8 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

99 MPH

108 MPH

Top Speed

159 MPH

128 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 4C gets better fuel mileage than the TT 45 TFSI (24 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

The 4C has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The TT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4C’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the TT 45 TSFI are solid, not vented.

The 4C stops much shorter than the TT:

 

4C

TT

 

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 4C is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the TT.

The 4C’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (41% to 59%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the 4C more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo 4C may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Audi TT.

The 4C is 8 inches shorter than the TT, making the 4C easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Recommendations

The 4C was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The TT has never been an “All Star.”

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