2019 Audi TT vs. 2019 Volkswagen Beetle

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 Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

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 Beetle doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the TT and the Beetle 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The TT comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Beetle.

The TT’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Beetle’s (12 vs. 10 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 Beetle’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 12 points higher than the Beetle.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 9 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

The TT 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 54 more horsepower (228 vs. 174) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 184) than the Beetle’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The TTS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 114 more horsepower (288 vs. 174) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 184) than the Beetle’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The TT RS Coupe’s standard 2.5 turbo 5 cyl. produces 226 more horsepower (400 vs. 174) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 184) than the Beetle’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi TT is faster than the Volkswagen Beetle:

 

TT 45 TFSI

TTS

Beetle

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

1.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

4.2 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.7 sec

6.9 sec

13.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

10.7 sec

22.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.6 sec

5.6 sec

8.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

2.7 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4 sec

3.1 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

12.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

108 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

128 MPH

155 MPH

118 MPH

Transmission and Drivetrain

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 Beetle.

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 Beetle doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

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 Volkswagen Beetle 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 Beetle doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

TT 45 TSFI

TTS

TT RS

Beetle

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.6 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

10 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 Beetle 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 Beetle doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the Beetle:

 

TT

Beetle

 

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the Beetle (245/40R18 vs. 215/55R17). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Beetle (255/30R20 vs. 235/45R18).

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 Beetle S’ standard 60 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Beetle’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TT 45 TSFI has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Beetle S. The TTS/RS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Beetle.

Suspension and Handling

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

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

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

Chassis

The TT is 3.8 inches shorter than the Beetle, making the TT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The TT Roadster has a larger trunk than the Beetle Convertible (7.5 vs. 7.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The TT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Beetle 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 engine in the TT is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Beetle. 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 Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 43% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

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 Beetle 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 Beetle S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The TT has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Beetle only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 Beetle offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The TT’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Beetle’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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 Beetle only retains 40.49% to 41.25%.

Recommendations

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

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