2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door

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 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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.

The TT has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the TT and the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 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.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Audi dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the TT’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the TT is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the TT’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 22 points higher than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

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 MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 2 places higher in reliability than MINI.

Engine

The TT has more powerful engines than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

Horsepower

Torque

TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

288 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

TT RS Coupe 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

400 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

John Cooper Works Hardtop 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The TT has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (14.5 vs. 11.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Audi TT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi TT, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer an SMG.

All wheel drive, available in the TT, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

TT 45 TSFI

TTS

TT RS

Cooper

Cooper S

JCW

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.6 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

The TTS Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door are solid, not vented.

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

 

TT

Cooper

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

191 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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (245/40R18 vs. 175/65R15). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (255/30R20 vs. 205/40R18).

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 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TT 45 TSFI has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The TTS/RS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the TT is 3 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TT RS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the TT’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe is quieter than the John Cooper Works Hardtop:

 

TT

Cooper

Full-Throttle

77 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space

The TT Coupe has 3 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity

The TT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (12 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the TT. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the TT is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 22% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi TT and the MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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