2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mustang offers optional Pre-Collision Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The TT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Mustang’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The TT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’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.

The Mustang’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The TT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 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 Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The TT doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The TT isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the TT:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 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 Ford Mustang turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Mustang

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.2 sec

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Ford Mustang GT Fastback was clocked 1.53 seconds faster than the Audi TT RS Coupe (98.42 sec. vs. 99.95 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang Fastback Auto turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the TT RS Coupe Auto 5 cyl. (21 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/29 hwy).

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

The Mustang EcoBoost’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the TT (15.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang GT’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT (16 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Mustang 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 ten-speed automatic is available on the Ford Mustang, 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 Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the TT:

 

Mustang

Mustang GT

TT 45 TSFI

TT RS Coupe

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15 inches

12.3 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Mustang’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the TT 45 TSFI are solid, not vented.

The Mustang stops shorter than the TT:

 

Mustang

TT

 

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Mustang GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TT (305/30R19 vs. 255/30R20).

The Mustang offers an optional space-saver spare tire 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 Mustang 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 Mustang’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the TT (107.1 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is .6 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the TT.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang GT Fastback handles at 1.06 G’s, while the TT RS Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe (23.6 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s).

The Mustang GT Premium Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the TT 2.0 TSFI Roadster (24.3 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 24.7 seconds @ .77 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The TT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Mustang uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The TT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Mustang Fastback has .5 inches more front headroom, 4 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has 1 inch more front headroom, 4 inches more front legroom and 2.7 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Roadster.

Cargo Capacity

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the TT Coupe (13.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the TT Roadster (11.4 vs. 7.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Mustang Auto 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.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, suspension setting, power steering assist and outside mirror angle. The TT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’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 Mustang’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 Mustang 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 Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The TT doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium 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 Mustang Premium’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 Mustang’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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang 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.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $14540 to $17717 less than for the Audi TT.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang third 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 Mustang GT/Bullitt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The TT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Audi TT by almost 59 to one during 2018.

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