Used test: Audi TT vs BMW Z4
Buy either of these two drop-top sports cars at a year old and you'll save a bundle of cash, but which is the one to put on your driveway? We've got the answer.....
What will they cost?
As mentioned at the beginning, there are big savings to be made buying these cars at a year old: the TT will save you £13,000, while anyone buying a Z4 will save around £12,000. That means the TT is the cheaper car to buy here by nearly £4000.
The TT will cost you slightly more in insurance, fuel and servicing every year, but should have the stronger residual values as the cars grow older.
Reliability-wise, the TT finished in sixth place in the coupes, convertibles and sports cars category, while this particular Z4 didn’t feature. Other BMWs in the same survey did marginally better than the TT, including the M4, which finished top of this particular class, and the 2 and 4 Series coupes. Audi as a brand finished in 20th place out of 31 manufacturers, while BMW finished in 21st place.
The Z4 scores marginally better for standard equipment. You get climate control and full leather (the TT has manual air-con and part-leather), but both have heated seats, keyless start and power-folding mirrors. Both also have LED headlights and rear parking sensors as standard, while the Z4 adds sensors at the front, too.
Only the Z4 comes with automatic emergency braking; that’s why the TT received just four stars out of five from Euro NCAP, while the Z4 received five stars. Both come with lane departure warning, which the TT adds to with steering assistance to keep you within your lane, while blindspot monitoring is extra on both.
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