2019 Audi TT vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

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 Chevrolet Camaro 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 Camaro 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 Camaro 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 Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the TT and the Camaro 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, 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 Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The TT’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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 Camaro.

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 37 points higher than the Camaro.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 16 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):

TT

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.3 sec

As tested in Road and Track the TT RS Coupe 2.5 turbo 5 cyl. is faster than the Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8 (automatics tested):

TT

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115.7 MPH

114.1 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Audi TT RS Coupe was clocked 7.1 seconds faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe (178.5 sec. vs. 185.6 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the TT gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

MPG

TT

Auto

45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

TTS turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

RS 2.5 turbo 5-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

Camaro

Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/20 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/29 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/21 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 Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the TT produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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

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 Camaro 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 Chevrolet Camaro is not available with all wheel drive.

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 Camaro doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the Camaro:

TT

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TT 2.0 TSFI Roadster handles at .99 G’s, while the Camaro SS Convertible pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The TT RS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the TT’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The TT RS Coupe’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (36 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The TT is 1 foot, 11.3 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the TT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The TT is 2 feet, 1.2 inches shorter than the Camaro ZL1.

For excellent aerodynamics, the TT has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro 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 Camaro SS Coupe:

TT

Camaro

At idle

45 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

72 dB

Cargo Capacity

The TT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (12 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The TT Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 12% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

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 Camaro can only operate 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 Camaro 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 Camaro’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 Camaro doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The TT’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi TT has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Camaro ZL1 offers wireless charging.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi TT, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Camaro isn't recommended.

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