2020 Audi TT vs. 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C

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Safety

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The TT has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 4C doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The TT has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 4C doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The TT has standard Parking System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The 4C doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The TT’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 4C doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The TT offers an optional Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 4C doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the TT and the 4C 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 and rearview cameras.

The Audi TT weighs 721 to 908 pounds more than the Alfa Romeo 4C. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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The TT’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the 4C’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the TT’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the TT’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the 4C’s camshafts. If the 4C’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Alfa Romeo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Alfa Romeo is ranked 29th.

Engine

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The TTS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 more horsepower (288 vs. 237) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The TT RS Coupe’s standard 2.5 turbo 5 cyl. produces 163 more horsepower (400 vs. 237) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the TT RS Coupe 2.5 turbo 5 cyl. is faster than the Alfa Romeo 4C:

TT

4C

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.6 MPH

105.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The TT has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4C (14.5 vs. 10.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi TT higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Alfa Romeo 4C (1). This means the TT produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 4C every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi TT, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the 4C.

All-wheel drive, available in the TT, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all-wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Alfa Romeo 4C is not available with all-wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the TT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4C:

TT 45 TSFI

TT RS Coupe

4C

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

14.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

11.5 inches

The TT RS offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 4C doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the 4C:

TT

4C

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

144 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the 4C (245/40R18 vs. 205/45R17). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4C (255/30R20 vs. 205/45R17).

The TT 45 TSFI’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4C’s standard 45 series front tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the 4C’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the TT 45 TSFI has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch front wheels are standard on the 4C. The TTS/RS’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels optional on the 4C.

Suspension and Handling

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The TT offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 4C’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The TT has standard power steering to make quick and controllable low speed maneuvers easy. The 4C doesn’t offer power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the TT’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the 4C (98.6 inches vs. 93.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the TT’s turning circle is 5.7 feet tighter than the 4C’s (34.8 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The TT RS Coupe’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the 4C’s (36 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Passenger Space

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The TT Coupe has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 4C can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

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The TT Roadster has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 4C Spider (7.5 vs. 3.7 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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The TT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The 4C uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the TT is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the 4C. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The TT’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 4C has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The TT’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 4C’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The TT’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4C’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left open on the TT the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the 4C can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Audi Advanced Key standard on the TT allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Alfa Romeo 4C doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The TT has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 4C doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The TT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 4C’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the TT to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 4C doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The TT has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 4C doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The TT’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4C’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The TT’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 4C doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The TT has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the 4C.

The TT’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 4C doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the TT’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The 4C doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the TT has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 4C doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the TT. The TT’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The 4C doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With standard voice command, the TT offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The 4C doesn’t offer a voice control system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi TT has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 4C doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Audi TT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Alfa Romeo 4C isn’t available as a coupe.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the TT owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the TT will cost $1235 to $2835 less than the 4C over a five-year period.

The TT will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the TT will retain 45.66% to 46.08% of its original price after five years, while the 4C only retains 43.44%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi TT will be $12111 to $15970 less than for the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Recommendations

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

The Audi TT outsold the Alfa Romeo 4C by over six to one during the 2019 model year.

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