2016 Audi TT vs. Its Competition

2016 Audi TT
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Audi sees tha primary rival for the TT and TTS as being the Mercedes-Benz SLK model line, as well as the BMW Z4.

Compared to the TT, the SLK feels like a more mature car.

With its retractable hardtop and more traditional, grand-touring sports car layout—and an available V-6 (in the SLK350)—the SLK is a little more comfortable and luxurious.

The BMW Z4 is another alternative; it’s also become more of a touring car in its current generation; the price for the Z4 is also significantly higher than that of the TT.

Both the Porsche Boxster and Cayman aren’t direct rivals in their current six-cylinder form, but we expect that with the introduction of new-generation four-cylinder engines in the next year that they might be seen as closer rivals to the TTS.

And to add one wildcard to the list: The BMW M235i is more of a traditional rear-wheel-drive sport coupe, and an ideal counterpoint to the TT, with its simple, more conservative interior and interface.

We think that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which is only offered with a V-6 beginning in 2015, is a surprisingly formidable wild-card rival to the TTS—although Hyundai arguably misses it in the details, with a noticeable lack of the nuance, interface displays, and sounds that are so on-the-mark in the TT and TTS.

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Quick Specs
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With a driver-centric interior design and a lighter, quicker driving character, the 2016 Audi TT now offers more of the driving experience that its exterior teases.
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While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin.
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The 2016 2-Series may be an entry-level model in BMW's lineup, but it builds on a rich lineage, as a well-rounded luxury sports coupe with all the looks, handling and features that you might expect.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is more of a weekend-getaway machine than a canyon-carver; but with mini-SL style and some unrivaled tech features, if offers up roadster thrills with fewer sacrifices in comfort.
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The 2016 Porsche Boxster is a thrill to drive; but beyond that it's a great car in nearly every way, and one of the best-value sports cars you can get.
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The 2016 Porsche Cayman offers most of the driving satisfaction and practicality of the fabled 911—and perhaps with even more thrills.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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