2019 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the 86 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 and rearview cameras.


Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the 86 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.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the TT.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.


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 86’s reliability 11 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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

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


The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The TT doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 86 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the TT 45 TFSI (24 city/32 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The 86’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.

Tires and Wheels

The 86 has a standard 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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 86’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the TT (101.2 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

The 86’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.2% to 44.8%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the 86 more stable handling and braking.


The Toyota 86 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Audi TT.

The design of the Toyota 86 amounts to more than styling. The 86 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .27 to .29 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the TT (.3 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the 86 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 86 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the TT RS Coupe:




At idle

41 dB

46 dB


80 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The 86 has .8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.


The 86’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 86’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the TT’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The 86’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The 86 offers an optional 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 86 GT/TRD’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.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota 86 and the Audi TT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The 86 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2013. The TT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 86 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 7 years. The TT has never been an “All Star.”

The Toyota 86 outsold the Audi TT by over three to one during 2018.

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