Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 BMW 1 SERIES VS 2012 Audi TT Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 BMW 1 SERIES

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2012 Audi TT

Safety Comparison

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The 1 Series offers optional BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen 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 1 Series and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 1 Series for 3 years and 45000 miles longer than Audi pays for maintenance for the TT (4/50,000 vs. 1/5000).

There are over 33 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the 1 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the 1 Series’ engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the TT’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 1 Series has a standard 720 amp battery. The TT’s 640 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the BMW 1 Series Coupe 128i’s reliability will be 26% better than the TT.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 13th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the 135i is faster than the TTS (automatics tested):

1 Series

TT

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.7 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.9 sec

13.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.4 sec

2.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.6 MPH

101 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 135i Coupe Manual gets better fuel mileage than the TT RS Coupe (20 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The 1 Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the TT 2.0T are solid, not vented.

The 1 Series stops shorter than the TT:

1 Series

TT

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 1 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires cost extra on the TT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 1 Series 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 1 Series’ wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the TT (104.7 inches vs. 97.2 inches).

The 1 Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.7% to 50.3%) than the TT’s (59% to 41%). This gives the 1 Series more stable handling and braking.

The 135i Coupe performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 2.3 MPH faster than the TT 2.0T Coupe (67.1 vs. 64.8 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the 1 Series’ turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the TT’s (35.1 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Road & Track while under full throttle, the interior of the 135i Coupe is quieter than the TTS Coupe (76 vs. 79 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 1 Series Convertible has standard seating for 4 passengers; the TT Roadster can only carry 2.

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 1 Series Convertible is rated a Subcompact car by the EPA, while the TT Roadster is rated a Two Seater.

The 1 Series Coupe has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TT (86 vs. 73.9).

The 1 Series Coupe has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear headroom and 7.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

The 1 Series Convertible has 1 inch more front headroom and 2.8 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Roadster.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 1 Series easier. The 1 Series’ trunk lift-over height is 26.3 inches, while the TT Coupe’s liftover is 30.6 inches. The TT Roadster’s liftover is 31.1 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the 1 Series, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. 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 1 Series’ 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.

If the windows are left down on the 1 Series the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the TT can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Comfort Access optional on the 1 Series allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi TT doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 1 Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The TT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The 1 Series’ sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

When the 1 Series with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The TT’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 1 Series offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The TT has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The 1 Series’ 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.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the 1 Series has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The TT doesn’t offer rear vents.

Optional BMW Apps for the 1 Series allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The TT doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

With optional voice command, the 1 Series offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The TT doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW 1 Series will be $3080 to $3530 less than for the Audi TT.

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