posted 7 years ago

Volkswagen Scirocco vs. Audi TT

The Volkswagen Scirocco and Audi TT are ready to fight to the death.

The Volkswagen Scirocco and Audi TT are ready to fight to the death. The purpose of this boxing match is to discover which is the best two-door coupé. But, there is a problem. Prices for the Audi start at £27,140 whereas its entry-level opponent only costs £19,575. Heavy-weight vs. middle-weight is unfair - so let us compare two £31,000 variants. So, warming-up in the blue corner is the top-of-the-range Scirocco 2.0 TSI DSG. Pulling silly faces in the red corner is the mid-range, but comparably priced, Audi TT 2.0 TFSI S line.

The Volkswagen Scirocco is the first to throw a punch. It is faster, for starters, so this mighty 2.0-litre 265ps street fighter hits 62mph in 5.8 seconds. The Audi TT requires 6 seconds and has a slightly slower top speed. This is partly because its 2.0-litre engine only produces 211ps, even though both competitors generate 258lb ft of torque. However, the TT responds with a thumping punch. It averages 39.8mpg, 4.5mpg more than its rival.

Bell rings – round two – handling. Both the Volkswagen Scirocco and Audi TT, in these forms, have front-wheel-drive and six-speed transmission. Motorists can either cruise in full-auto modes, or dance around the cogs manually. Both boxers have supremely confident handling, impressive ride quality for the class, and plenty of steering feedback. There is little to choose between them, but the Scirocco somehow feels more special.

Image and style are major considerations for this class of fighter. The Audi badge is clearly prestigious, but the TT's over-familiarity and association with a certain 'type' of driver detracts from its capabilities. In contrast, the Scirocco has a distinguished style and presence. It is effortlessly fashionable and strikingly attractive. This is the knock-out blow.