2019 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Beetle’s 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 Beetle 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Beetle comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The TT’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Beetle’s warranty.

Reliability

The Volkswagen Beetle’s engine uses 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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Beetle gets better fuel mileage than the TT 45 TFSI (26 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Beetle uses regular unleaded gasoline. The TT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Beetle higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi TT (3 to 7). This means the Beetle produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the TT every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Volkswagen Beetle as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi TT is only certified to emission levels ranging from “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Tires and Wheels

The Beetle 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 Beetle’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the TT (100.1 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

Chassis

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

Beetle

TT

At idle

40 dB

46 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The Beetle Coupe has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

The Beetle Convertible has 2.7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Roadster.

Cargo Capacity

The Beetle Coupe has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the TT Coupe (15.4 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Beetle’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 Beetle SE/SEL’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 Beetle has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The TT doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Beetle owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Beetle will cost $1690 to $7570 less than the TT over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Beetle will be $24266 to $33290 less than for the Audi TT.

Recommendations

The Volkswagen Beetle outsold the Audi TT by over 11 to one during 2018.

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