2019 Fiat 500 vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500 has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The TT doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 500 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 and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 39 percent more Fiat dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 500’s warranty.

Reliability

The Fiat 500’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the TT’s 2.5 turbo 5 cyl. engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The engines in the 500 have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the TT have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 500 Abarth 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (157 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the TT RS Coupe Auto 5 cyl. (24 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/29 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Fiat 500 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The TT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Chassis

The Fiat 500 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 800 pounds less than the Audi TT.

The 500 is 1 foot, 8.6 inches shorter than the TT, making the 500 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 500 is 8 inches narrower than the TT, making the 500 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 500 Abarth is quieter than the TT RS Coupe:

 

500

TT

Full-Throttle

82 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The 500 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear legroom than the TT Coupe.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 500 has a standard rear wiper. The TT doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the 500’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the TT’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The 500’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Recommendations

The Fiat 500 outsold the Audi TT by over four to one during 2018.

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