2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 Dodge Challenger

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 Dodge Challenger 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 Challenger 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 Challenger.

The TT has standard Parking System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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

Warranty

The TT comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Challenger’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The TT’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Challenger’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the TT have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the TT’s reliability 41 points higher than the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 14 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the TT 45 TFSI is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

 

TT

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

16.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

95 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the TT RS is faster than the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 (automatics tested):

 

TT

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.6 MPH

112.3 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Audi TT RS Coupe was clocked 1.3 seconds faster than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody (178.5 sec. vs. 179.8 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the TT RS gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger AWD (19 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy). The TT RS gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger R/T 392 (19 city/29 hwy vs. 15 city/25 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi TT higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Dodge Challenger (1 to 3). This means the TT produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Challenger every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Audi TT at emission levels ranging from “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Dodge Challenger is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

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 Challenger doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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 Challenger doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the Challenger:

 

TT

Challenger

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the Challenger (245/40R18 vs. 235/55R18).

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 Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Challenger Widebody’s 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Challenger SXT pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TT RS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Challenger Scat Pack (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .81 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the TT RS Coupe’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Challenger Scat Pack’s (36 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis

The Audi TT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1100 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger.

The TT is 2 feet, 8.5 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the TT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi TT amounts to more than styling. The TT offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .3 to .32 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Challenger (.337 to .398). A more efficient exterior helps the TT go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the TT get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the TT has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe is quieter than the Challenger SRT Hellcat:

 

TT

Challenger

At idle

45 dB

59 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

76 dB

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 90% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

The TT’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the TT the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Challenger can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The TT has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Challenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The TT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Challenger’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the TT to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Challenger doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The TT has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Challenger has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Model Availability

The Audi TT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Dodge Challenger isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi TT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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