2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 Nissan 370Z

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 370Z 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 370Z 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 370Z doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The TT offers an optional Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 370Z doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the TT and the 370Z have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

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 370Z’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The TT’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the 370Z’s (12 vs. 5 years).

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 370Z’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 20 points higher than the 370Z.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 7 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

The TT has more powerful engines than the 370Z:

 

Horsepower

Torque

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

288 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

TT RS Coupe 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

400 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

370Z NISMO Coupe 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

276 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the TTS is faster than the Nissan 370Z (base engine) (automatics tested):

 

TT

370Z

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the TT gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z Coupe:

 

 

 

MPG

TT

 

Auto

45 TSFI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

 

RS 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

370Z Coupe

 

Manual

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

Auto

3.7 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

 

 

NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the TT gets better fuel mileage than the 370Z Roadster:

 

 

 

MPG

TT

 

 

45 TSFI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

 

RS 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

370Z Roadster

 

 

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/25 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Audi TT at emission levels ranging from “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Nissan 370Z is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Audi TT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 370Z.

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 370Z 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 Nissan 370Z is not available with all wheel drive.

The TT RS’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 370Z doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the TT’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 370Z:

 

TTS

TT RS

TT RS

370Z

370Z Sport/NISMO

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

14.6 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

14 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 370Z doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the 370Z:

 

TT

370Z

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

122 feet

127 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the 370Z (245/40R18 vs. 225/50R18). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 370Z (255/30R20 vs. 245/40R19).

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 370Z’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the 370Z Sport/Sport Touring’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TTS/RS offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 370Z’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The TT has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 370Z’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The TT offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 370Z’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the 370Z Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TT RS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the 370Z Coupe (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe is quieter than the 370Z Coupe:

 

TT

370Z

At idle

45 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

89 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

The TT Coupe has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 370Z can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

The TT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Coupe (12 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The TT Roadster has a much larger trunk than the 370Z Roadster (7.5 vs. 4.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The TT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The 370Z uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The TT has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The 370Z doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 47% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the TT has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 370Z doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

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 370Z’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 370Z doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The TT’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO.

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 370Z has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional Audi Connect for the TT allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The 370Z doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages

The TT will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the TT will retain 45.93% to 49.67% of its original price after five years, while the 370Z only retains 19.47% to 45.22%.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi TT and the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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