2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 Toyota 86

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 Toyota 86 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 86 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 86 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 86 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 86 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 86 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 86’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 86’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 86’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The TT has more powerful engines than the 86:

 

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.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Auto

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Manual

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The TT has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 86 (14.5 vs. 13.2 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 86.

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 86 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 Toyota 86 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 86 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the TT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 86:

 

TT 45 TSFI

TTS

TT RS

86

86 TRD Special Edition

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

11.4 inches

12.4 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 86 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the 86:

 

TT

86

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

119 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 86 (245/40R18 vs. 215/45R17). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 86 (255/30R20 vs. 215/45R17).

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 86’s standard 45 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the 86 TRD Special Edition’s 40 series 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 86. The TTS/RS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the 86 TRD Special Edition.

Suspension and Handling

The TT has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 86’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 86’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the TT is 2 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 86.

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the 86 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 2.9 seconds quicker than the 86 (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the TT’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 86’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The TT RS Coupe’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the 86’s (36 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe is quieter than the 86:

 

TT

86

Full-Throttle

77 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

73 dB

Cargo Capacity

The TT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 86 (12 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The TT Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 86’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the TT. The 86 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The TT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The 86 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 86 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the TT to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the 86.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 44% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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 86 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 86’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 86 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The TT’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the 86 GT/TRD.

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 86 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 Toyota 86 isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi TT and the Toyota 86, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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