2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Camaro (except LS) offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The TT doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The TT doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the TT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the TT ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the TT:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro V6 is faster than the TT 45 TFSI (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.9 MPH

97.4 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the TT 45 TFSI (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

97.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The TT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The TT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The TT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the TT.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro 1LE

Camaro SS

Camaro SS 1LE

Camaro ZL1

TT 45 TSFI

TT RS Coupe

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

15.35 inches

12.3 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the TT:

 

Camaro

TT

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

119 feet

122 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TT (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 255/30R20).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The TT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 12.1 inches longer than on the TT (110.7 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the TT.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Camaro Coupe has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Roadster.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The TT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Camaro, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The TT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The TT doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The TT does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The TT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The TT doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Camaro’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The TT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camaro keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The TT doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The TT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Camaro’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The TT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2016 issue and the Chevrolet Camaro LT Coupe won out over the Audi TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The TT isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The TT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The TT has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The TT has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The TT has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Audi TT by almost 40 to one during 2018.

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