2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 BMW 2 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi TT have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The BMW 2 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The TT has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the TT. But it costs extra on the 2 Series.

The TT’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the TT and the 2 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 1 place higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

The TT has more powerful engines than the 2 Series:

 

Horsepower

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

288 HP

TT RS Coupe 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

400 HP

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi TT is faster than the M240i (automatics tested):

 

TTS

TT RS

2 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

3.2 sec

4.3 sec

Transmission

The TT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an SMG.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the TT has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the TT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 2 Series:

 

TTS

TT RS

230i

M240i

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

14.6 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

The TT RS offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 2 Series doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the 2 Series:

 

TT

2 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the 2 Series (245/40R18 vs. 205/50R17). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 2 Series (255/30R20 vs. 225/40R18).

The TT 45 TSFI’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 230i’s standard 50 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the 2 Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TT 45 TSFI has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 230i. The TTS/RS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the 2 Series.

Suspension and Handling

The TT has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the TT flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the TT is 1.9 inches wider in the front than the track on the 2 Series.

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the M240i Coupe xDrive pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TT RS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the 230i Coupe (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .77 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the TT’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the 2 Series’ (34.8 feet vs. 35.8 feet). The TT RS Coupe’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the 2 Series xDrive’s (36 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

The TT is 9.7 inches shorter than the 230i, making the TT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The TT is 10.9 inches shorter than the M240i.

Cargo Capacity

The TT Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 2 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 14% lower rating, BMW is ranked 8th.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi TT and the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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