New BMW Z4 vs new Audi TT Roadster

The old BMW Z4 wasn’t much fun to drive, but this new one promises to rectify that. Let’s see if it’s a better sports car than the recently refreshed Audi TT Roadster...

New Audi TT Roadster vs new BMW Z4

Our verdict

If you want a convertible that’s relatively spacious, comfortable around town and also cruises quietly with the roof up, then sure, take a look at the Z4. As a sports car, though, it misses the mark widely. That’s because it fails to entertain whenever you drive it with any gusto, due to its myriad of poorly resolved dynamic traits.

Not so the TT. It feels much sprightlier and more composed along a winding road. Consequently, it’s a rag-top that’s fun to rag around in, so you smile more. The fact that, with the roof down, it’s also more relaxing to be in than the Z4 means there’s no excuse not to grab the keys and have some fun.

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1st - Audi TT Roadster - 5 stars

Audi TT rear

For More agile and fun to drive; better roof-down comfort; top-notch interior quality

Against Noisier cruiser with roof up; less practical; firmer ride around town

Read our full Audi TT Roadster review here >

BMW Z4 rear

For Bigger boot; more interior space; great infotainment system; softer town ride

Against Leans more in bends; inconsistent steering and brakes; roof-down buffeting

Read our full BMW Z4 review >

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Specifications: Audi TT Roadster 45 TFSI quattro S line S tronic

  • Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price £40,400
  • Target price £38,246
  • Power 242bhp @ 5000-6700rpm
  • Torque 273lb ft @ 1600-4300rpm
  • Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
  • 0-60mph 5.5sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 34.0mpg (WLTP combined)
  • Test mpg 32.0mpg
  • CO2 emissions 165g/km

Specifications: BMW Z4 sDrive30i M Sport

  • Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price £42,445
  • Target price £42,445
  • Power 255bhp @ 5000-6500rpm
  • Torque 295lb ft @ 1500-4400rpm 
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 5.4sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 38.7mpg (WLTP combined)
  • Test mpg 32.9mpg
  • CO2 emissions 138g/km

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