posted 7 years ago

Peugeot RCZ vs. Audi TT

The Peugeot RCZ and Audi TT are ready for an epic game of Jenga.

The Peugeot RCZ and Audi TT are ready for an epic game of Jenga. The purpose of this battle is to discover which is the best two-door coupé. But, there is a slight problem. Prices for the Audi start at £27,140 whereas its opponent costs from £21,245. This £6,000 difference is clearly unfair - so let us compare two comparably priced models. So, warming-up for the French team is the top-of-the-range RCZ GT THP 200 2dr. Pulling silly faces for the Germans is the entry-level - but comparably priced - Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Sport.

The Audi TT stacks the Jenga blocks and makes the first withdrawal. It is faster, for starters, so this mighty 2.0-litre 211ps beast hits 62mph in 6.1 seconds. The Peugeot RCZ requires 7.6 seconds and has a slightly slower top speed. This is partly because its 1.6- litre engine only produces 200ps and has considerably less torque than its rival. The RCZ struggles in fuel comparisons too. It only averages 40.9mpg compared to 42.8mpg. Ouch!

The Peugeot RCZ and Audi TT, in these forms, have front-wheel-drive and six-speed manual transmission. As they continue to remove Jenga blocks we see that they both have supremely confident handling too, sensible ride quality, and plenty of feedback through the steering. There is little to choose between them here, but the TT feels slightly more composed. So, the Jenga tower is wobbling and now the RCZ must make its move.

Image is a major consideration for this class of vehicle. The Audi badge is the more prestigious, but the TT's over-familiarity and association with a certain 'type' of driver detracts from its capabilities. In contrast, the Peugeot has a classless style and presence. Good final move – but the Audi's speed, fuel economy, and status win the day. The Jenga tower collapses.