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Car Wars Wednesdays: Audi TT vs Audi A5

May 6, 2015

It’s Wednesday again and this week’s edition of Car Wars is set to be one of the most tense battles yet, as the Audi TT takes on its big brother – the Audi A5. As two of the German giant’s best selling motors, it’s not going to be easy to pick a winner. Audi TT vs Audi A5: who will win today’s battle? Let’s find out.


As with any of the German manufacturer’s cars, you’ll struggle to find an Audi TT review that doesn’t marvel at the design of this sexy coupe. Climb inside the car and the minimalist interior allows the driver to focus on the slick 12.3 inch colour display.The driver’s seat and steering wheel come with plenty of adjustment options, meaning no driver should struggle to find a comfortable position. The A5’s driver’s seat is firm and comes with plenty of support – meaning journeys over any distance should be reasonably comfortable. However, the A5’s interior is disappointing in comparison to the TT’s. Restricted visibility and fiddly buttons on the dashboard cause unwelcome distractions – awarding the TT the points in this round.


The TT comes in two models; the Sport or the S line. The entry-level Sport is our pick of the range and comes with xenon headlamps, 18 inch alloys, leather seats and air-con. If you want to splash out for the extra kit, the S line adds bigger alloys, LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers. When it comes to the A5, any Audi A5 review will tell you most buyers opt for the SE trim. It comes kitted out with a 6.5 inch colour display, Bluetooth and three-zone climate control but is let down only by its 17 inch alloy wheels. The Audi TT scoops this round.


All of the TT’s engines are turbocharged and there’s the choice of a 227bhp or 306bhp 2.0 litre petrol, or a 181bhp 2.0 litre diesel. For maximum fuel economy in the Audi TT, the impressive Ultra TDI diesel engine returns 67mpg – and CO2 emissions of just 110g/km make for an annual road tax bill of £20. As you’d expect, the A5 performs well across the range – with the entry-level 166bhp 1.8 litre TFSI making it from 0-62mph in 7.9 secs. With an mpg range of 67.3 to just 42.2, the best option for fuel economy and performance is the 159bhp 2.0 litre diesel – sprinting to 62mph in 8.3 secs. When it comes to all-round performance, though, this round also has to go to the TT.


These Audis battle it out on the cost front, too. The A5 rolls in at £29,200, while the TT is a marginally more expensive £29,800. There’s not much in it – but in terms of value for money, the A5 finally takes the edge.

The verdict: We’d be thrilled to sit behind the wheel of either of these Audis – but one model has to scoop the prize and, winning an impressive 3 out of 4 rounds, the Audi TT is our champion.

Audi TT vs Audi A5: whoever gets your vote, we can help you finance your winner. Our flexible lending options mean we could help you secure finance, with payments you can afford. Whether you want to discuss your borrowing needs or get a quick quote, the Car Loan Warehouse is here to help. To find out more, head over to our Audi finance page or check out our car finance calculator for an instant estimate.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.