2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Challenger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The TT doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Challenger 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 system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The TT doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Challenger’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 Challenger and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Dodge Challenger weighs 463 to 1284 pounds more than the Audi TT. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Challenger 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 8 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Challenger’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Challenger has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Challenger optional and 220 392/Hellcat). The TT’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 19th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Engine

The Challenger has more powerful engines than the TT:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Challenger 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T automatic 5.7 V8

372 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T manual 5.7 V8

375 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Challenger SRT Hellcat 6.2 supercharged V8

717 HP

656 lbs.-ft.

Challenger Hellcat Redeye 6.2 supercharged V8

797 HP

707 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 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the TT 45 TFSI (automatics tested):

 

Challenger

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.3 MPH

97.4 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Challenger SRT Hellcat is faster than the TT 45 TFSI (automatics tested):

 

Challenger

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125.4 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 Challenger 5.7/6.4 V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The TT doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Challenger has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Challenger, 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 Challenger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the TT:

 

Challenger SXT

Challenger R/T/AWD

Challenger Scat Pack

Hellcat

TT 45 TSFI

TT RS

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

12.3 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Challenger stops shorter than the TT:

 

Challenger

TT

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TT (305/35R20 vs. 255/30R20).

The Challenger has a standard space-saver spare (not available on R/T Scat Pack/Hellcat) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the TT; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 17.6 inches longer than on the TT (116.2 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the TT.

The Challenger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Challenger more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Challenger Scat Pack is quieter than the TT RS Coupe (85 vs. 87 dB).

Passenger Space

The Challenger offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the TT can only carry up to 4.

The Challenger has 2.2 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 6 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the TT Coupe (16.2 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Towing

The Challenger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The TT has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Challenger Automatic offers a 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.

The Challenger’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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Challenger detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The TT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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

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

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Challenger 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 Challenger’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 Challenger has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The TT doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Challenger’s standard 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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Challenger has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The TT doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Challenger offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The TT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

The Challenger is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The TT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

The Challenger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Challenger will retain 50.85% to 56.29% of its original price after five years, while the TT only retains 45.93% to 49.67%.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first 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 Dodge Challenger outsold the Audi TT by almost 52 to one during 2018.

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