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.....

Audi TT rear

Our Verdict

The Z4 starts off with the handicap of being nearly £4000 more to buy at this age than the TT. That said, there’s still a lot to like about it. It’s relatively spacious, comfortable around town and also cruises quietly with the roof up. As a sports car, though, it misses the mark widely, as its poorly resolved dynamics mean it fails to entertain whenever you drive it with any gusto.

Not so the TT. It feels much sprightlier and more composed along a winding road. Consequently, it’s a rag-top that’s great fun to drive. The fact that, with the roof down, it’s also more relaxing to be in than the Z4, and cheaper, means it's our choice here. 

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1st – Audi TT Roadster 45 TFSI S line S tronic

Audi TT Roadster front three quarters

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

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

5 out of 5 stars

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2nd – BMW Z4 sDrive30i M Sport

BMW Z4

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

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

3 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Audi TT Roadster 45 TFSI S line S tronic

  • Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
  • Power 242bhp
  • Torque 273lb ft
  • 0-60mph 5.5sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Fuel economy 34.0mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions 165g/km

Specifications: BMW Z4 sDrive30i M Sport

  • Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
  • Power 255bhp
  • Torque 299lb ft
  • 0-60mph 5.4sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Fuel economy 38.7mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions 138g/km

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