Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Audi TT Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Audi TT

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The TT doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The TT doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The TT doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the TT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the TT ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 15 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The TT doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the TT:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

TT 2.0 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

292 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The TT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the TT (15.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT (16 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The TT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the TT:

 

Mustang

Mustang GT

TT 2.0 TSFI

TTS

Front Rotors

12.5 inches

15 inches

12.3 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Mustang stops shorter than the TT:

 

Mustang

TT

 

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

103 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TT (265/35R20 vs. 255/30R20).

The Mustang offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the TT, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The TT’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The TT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the TT (107.1 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is .4 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the TT.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe (24.2 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The TT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe (43 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has .5 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has 1 inch more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom and 2.7 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Roadster.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the TT Coupe (13.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the TT Roadster (11.4 vs. 7.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The TT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The TT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The TT doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The TT does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The TT doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The TT doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Mustang Premium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The TT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The TT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The TT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The TT has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Audi TT by almost 39 to one during the 2016 model year.

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