2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2019 Audi TT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The 370Z has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The TT doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z 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.


Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 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 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 370Z has a standard 150-amp alternator. The TT’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.


The 370Z has more powerful engines than the TT:



370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

370Z NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

276 lbs.-ft.

TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

288 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the TT 45 TFSI (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 370Z’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the TT:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The 370Z’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 370Z 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 370Z’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the TT (100.4 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

The 370Z’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.3% to 45.7%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the 370Z more stable handling and braking.

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the TT’s (32.8 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the TT RS Coupe’s (34.1 feet vs. 36 feet).


The design of the Nissan 370Z amounts to more than styling. The 370Z has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd (optional .29 Cd with Sport). That is lower than the TT (.3 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the 370Z go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 370Z get better fuel mileage.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO/50th Anniversary Edition uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The TT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 370Z is quieter than the TT RS Coupe:




82 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The 370Z has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Coupe.


The 370Z’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.

The 370Z’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The TT’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Consumer Reports rated the 370Z’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the TT’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 370Z has standard extendable sun visors. The TT doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan 370Z will be $9659 to $10758 less than for the Audi TT.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan 370Z and the Audi TT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan 370Z outsold the Audi TT by almost three to one during 2018.

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