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Used test – fun in the sun: Audi TT Roadster vs BMW Z4

Can’t wait for the new BMW Z4? Then you’ll want to know how the outgoing model stacks up as a used buy against its biggest rival, the Audi TT

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Audi TT Roadster vs BMW Z4

Our Verdict

The BMW Z4 boasts supermodel looks, a swanky cabin and delightful driving manners. With all of that in mind, not to mention the added security of a folding hard-top roof, its popularity should come as no surprise.

However, the Z4 is just pipped to the post in this test by the Audi TT. And not because of any major failing on the BMW’s part. Indeed, were you to choose the Z4 instead simply because you prefer its styling, you wouldn’t be disappointed. But the Z4 just isn’t quite as much fun to drive as the TT, due to its numb steering. What’s more, the way that roof eats into the BMW's boot space when you put it down is a disappointment and, out on the road, the Z4 can’t quite keep pace with the TT.

Granted, the TT isn’t free of faults, either. Its visibility isn’t great and the fabric roof leads to more wind noise at speed. Moreover, the dashboard is a little dour, especially next to the jazzy BMW’s. But these are, let’s face it, rather piffling issues when viewed next to the TT’s talents.

Of these two cars, the TT is the more involving to drive, as well as the fastest; it’s also cheaper to own, should offer marginally better reliability and it’s more practical, too. Granted, it might cost you a little more to buy, but the lower running costs should mitigate that – and, in any case, it’s worth the additional expense. So as good as the Z4 is, it’s impossible not to hand the TT the victory.

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1st – Audi TT Roadster

For Brilliant to drive; stunning pace; low running costs

Against Poor rear visibility; wind noise

Verdict A superb used roadster that looks good, feels great and drives brilliantly

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full used Audi TT Roadster review

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2nd – BMW Z4

For Looks fantastic; great interior; good to drive; hard-top security

Against Numb steering; small boot with hood down; not as fast

Verdict A brilliant roadster – just not quite as good as the Audi

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full used BMW Z4 review

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Specifications: Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol

List price when new Β£29,120

Price today Β£13,500

Power 208bhp

Torque 258lb ft

0-60mph 6.3sec

Top speed 143mph

Fuel economy 42.2mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 156g/km


Specifications: BMW Z4

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol

List price when new Β£29,480

Price today Β£13,000

Power 181bhp

Torque 199lb ft

0-60mph 6.9sec

Top speed 137mph

Fuel economy 41.5mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 159g/km

Price today is based on a 2012 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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