2020 Audi TT vs. 2020 Subaru BRZ

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi TT have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Subaru BRZ doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 BRZ 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 BRZ doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the TT and the BRZ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The TT comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The BRZ’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The TT’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the BRZ’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The battery on the TT is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the TT’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The BRZ’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru 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 Audi vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The TT has more powerful engines than the BRZ:

Horsepower

Torque

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.

BRZ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

BRZ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru BRZ 2.0 (automatics tested):

TT

BRZ

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.4 MPH

91.5 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Audi TT RS Coupe was clocked 15.5 seconds faster than the Subaru BRZ (178.5 sec. vs. 194 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

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The TT has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the BRZ (14.5 vs. 13.2 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 Subaru BRZ (1). This means the TT produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the BRZ every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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The Audi TT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the BRZ.

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 BRZ.

The TT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The BRZ doesn’t offer an SMG.

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 Subaru BRZ is not available with all-wheel drive.

The TT RS’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The BRZ doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

TT 45 TSFI

TT RS Coupe

BRZ

BRZ Performance Package/tS

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

14.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

11.4 inches

12.4 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 BRZ doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The TT stops much shorter than the BRZ:

TT

BRZ

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

122 feet

126 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the TT has larger standard tires than the BRZ (245/40R18 vs. 215/45R17). The TTS/RS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the BRZ (255/30R20 vs. 215/45R17).

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 BRZ’s standard 45 series tires. The TTS/RS’ optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the BRZ ts’ 40 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The TT has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The BRZ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 BRZ’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the TT is 2 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the BRZ.

The TT RS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the BRZ Limited pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The TT RS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the BRZ Limited (23.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the TT’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the BRZ’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe is quieter than the BRZ Limited:

TT

BRZ

Full-Throttle

77 dB

85 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

73 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The TT Coupe has a much larger trunk than the BRZ (12 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The TT Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The BRZ’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the TT. The BRZ doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The TT uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The BRZ 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 TT has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The BRZ doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the TT to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Subaru doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the BRZ.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Subaru. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 28% lower rating, Subaru is ranked 19th.

Ergonomics

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The TT’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The BRZ 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.

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 BRZ can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 BRZ’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 BRZ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The TT has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The BRZ offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The TT has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The BRZ doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

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 BRZ doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Audi TT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Subaru BRZ isn’t available as a convertible.

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 $680 less than the BRZ over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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

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