2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The MX-5 Miata offers optional crash mitigation brakes, 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 MX-5 Miata’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The TT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the MX-5 Miata’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 MX-5 Miata and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the MX-5 Miata 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 2 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MX-5 Miata’s warranty.

Reliability

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 MX-5 Miata’s reliability 21 points higher than the TT.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the MX-5 Miata gets better fuel mileage than the TT:

 

 

 

MPG

MX-5 Miata

 

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/34 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

TT

 

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

RS 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda MX-5 Miata uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The TT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The MX-5 Miata stops shorter than the TT:

 

MX-5 Miata

TT

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The MX-5 Miata 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.

The MX-5 Miata’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the MX-5 Miata more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the TT’s (30.8 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the TT RS Coupe’s (30.8 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 900 pounds less than the Audi TT.

The MX-5 Miata is 10.9 inches shorter than the TT, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MX-5 Miata's optional power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The TT doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

Passenger Space

The MX-5 Miata Convertible has .8 inches more front headroom and 2 inches more front legroom than the TT Roadster.

Ergonomics

The MX-5 Miata’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the TT’s standard power windows.

Consumer Reports rated the MX-5 Miata’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the TT’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The TT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The TT doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Audi TT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MX-5 Miata second among compact 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 MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 16 of the last 28 years. The TT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 8 of the last 25 years. The TT has never been an “All Star.”

The Mazda MX-5 Miata outsold the Audi TT by almost seven to one during 2018.

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