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10-29-14

Racing to the Finish Line, 2015 Audi TT vs. 2015 Porsche Boxster

The 2015 Audi TT is here and ready for you. This sports roadster has received great reviews, but many drivers may wonder how it stacks up to the 2015 Porsche Boxster. So, the only way to know that is compare the two side by side with specs, features and prices. This way you can see exactly what you’ll be getting.

2015 Audi TT
There is only one trim level to this car, and although the convertible is used for comparison, it also comes in hardtop coupe. The engine is 2.0L inline 4 cylinder, putting out about 211 horsepower and just shy of 260 lb.-ft. torque. It was measured at 5.6 seconds from 0-60mph. The transmission is a six-speed automated manual with dual-clutch. This TT model comes with standard all-wheel drive so your summer and winter driving needs are both satisfied, standard heated seats, and a great fuel economy, getting an EPA estimated 22mpg city and 31mpg hwy, for a combined estimated 26mpg.

The Audi TT also comes standard with automatic xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound system, CD player and satellite radio, and Bluetooth capability, but that’s not all.

The interior with rear seats folded up is 8.8 cubic feet, which is quite large in the sports roadster class. Many convertibles these days have retractable hardtops, but the 2015 Audi TT has a soft top, fully retracted and stored in about 15 seconds. Additionally, it is quite-well insulated thanks to its multilayer design. The 2015 Audi TT offers stable handling while driving, although the handling is slightly compromised due to the all-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive on most counterparts.

The 2015 Audi TT has great safety features, including anti-lock ventilated disc brakes, stability and traction control systems, front airbags located at the side and knee for head and abdomen protection. It also provides holding assistance on hills. There is an optional navigation system that includes rear parking sensors.

The TT comes with a four-year, 50,000 mile limited warranty and a one-year, 5,000 mile maintenance warranty, with no charge for the first scheduled maintenance. The MSRP for this model is around $43,350, but it should be noted that dealers set actual prices, so your price paid may differ. Now, it’s time to check out the competition, the 2015 Porsche Boxster convertible.

2015 Porsche Boxster
The 2015 Porsche Boxster convertible base model has a 2.7L flat six engine that puts out about 265 horsepower. It has a six-speed manual transmission and comes with rear-wheel drive. This mid-engine roadster also puts out about 206 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel mileage is estimated about 20mpg city and 30mpg highway. It can do the 0-60mph in about 5.5 seconds. It comes standard with a four-speaker CDR audio system and Bluetooth capability. The rear interior provides 4.6 cubic feet of space. It has 18-inch alloy wheels, and the convertible top retracts in about 10 seconds. The interior features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated seats.

Safety features include a rear-view camera and parking sensors, parking assist for front and rear, front head and abdomen airbags, four wheel anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, fire extinguisher, supplemental roll bar, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2015 Porsche Boxster convertible comes with a 4-year, 50,000 mile warranty.
The Boxster also comes with halogen headlights, heated rear glass window, and rear spoiler.

The reason for the lesser amount of content on this base model is much of the equipment and features are optional, rather than standard or come on other trim models and not the base.

In terms of horsepower, speed, and handling, the Boxster has the advantage. It also provides additional warranty features such as roadside assistance and corrosion. The 2015 Porsche Boxster can have a Bose sound system, but this is optional, which means a higher price. The average MSRP for the 2015 Porsche Boxster base model convertible is around $51,400. Again, dealer sets the final price so what you pay may differ.

Conclusion
If you judge both of these cars in every category, the 2015 Audi TT solidly beats the 2015 Porsche Boxster. The only areas where the Boxster beats the Audi is in terms of some speed and handling, but the Quattro all-wheel drive makes up for that with ease. The Boxster has a rear camera, but if you know how to drive, you don’t need one, right? Also consider the price. You’ll be paying nearly $8,000 more for the 2015 Porsche Boxster, and consider that if you get it nicely equipped, that price nearly doubles. The basic warranty is also the same in terms of duration and mileage. With respect to fuel economy, the Audi bests the Boxster again, and to beat Audi outright in terms of mileage, one would have to opt for the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven speed gearbox, which again increases the cost significantly. Having to buy extra on a Porsche to beat an Audi at its base model just doesn’t make sense. Look at these specs and features again.

Vehicle Specifications:

2015 Audi TT

  • Engine- 2.0L
  • Drivetrain- All-wheel drive
  • Transmission- 6-speed manual
  • HP- 211
  • MPG- 22/city 31/hwy
  • MSRP-$43,350
  • Warranty- 4 yr/50,000 miles

2015 Porsche Boxster

  • Engine- 2.7L
  • Drivetrain- Rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission- 6-speed manual
  • HP- 265
  • MPG- 20/city 30/hwy
  • MSRP- $51,400
  • Warranty- 4 year/50,000 miles

So, unless you’re racing the cars, the Porsche will fall short. It is ultimately the driver who will decide the victor. Both cars are quite impressive in their sports roadster convertible class, but there is little doubt that the 2015 Audi TT handily beats the 2015 Porsche Boxster.

Reference Links
http://www.porsche.com/usa/models/boxster/boxster/featuresandspecs/
http://www.edmunds.com/porsche/boxster/2015/features-specs.html?style=200696626
http://www.edmunds.com/porsche/boxster/2015/?tab-id=reviews-tab&style=200696626#overview-pod-anchor
http://www.audiusa.com/models/audi-tt-roadster
http://www.edmunds.com/audi/tt/2015/features-specs.html?style=200677717
http://www.edmunds.com/audi/tt/2015/?tab-id=reviews-tab#overview-pod-anchor