Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2008 Audi A4 VS 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2008 Audi A4

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

Safety Comparison

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The A4 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Jetta doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The A4 has a standard Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The ESP then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A skid prevention system costs extra on the Jetta. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The A4 3.2 offers an optional Parktronic® to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Jetta doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the A4 and the Jetta have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes and traction control.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the A4 is 2% less likely to roll over than the Jetta.

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard Electronic Stabilization Program, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the A4 Sedan as a “Top Pick for 2007,” a rating only granted to 24 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Jetta was not a 2007 Top Pick.

The A4’s bumpers sustained $3189 less damage than the Jetta in four IIHS ( Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) bumper tests.

Warranty Comparison

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Audi pays for scheduled maintenance on the A4 for 1 year and 5000 miles. Audi will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Jetta.

Engine Comparison

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The A4 2.0 T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (200 vs. 170) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 177) than the Jetta’s standard 2.5 DOHC 5 cyl. The A4 3.2’s standard 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (255 vs. 200) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (243 vs. 207) than the Jetta GLI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the A4 2.0 T is faster than the Volkswagen Jetta 5 cyl. (automatics tested):

A4

Jetta

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the A4 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Jetta:

A4

Jetta

Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

20 city/31 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

5 cyl./Manual

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

5 cyl.

The A4 Quattro’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Jetta (16.6 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The A4 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Jetta (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the A4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Jetta:

A4

Jetta

Jetta GLI

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10.2 inches

11.25 inches

The A4 stops much shorter than the Jetta:

A4

Jetta

80 to 0 MPH

210 feet

228 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the A4 has larger standard tires than the Jetta (225/55R16 vs. 205/55R16). The A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Jetta (235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17).

The A4 has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Jetta, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The A4 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Jetta (104.3 inches vs. 101.5 inches).

The A4 2.0 T Sedan Quattro handles at .86 G’s, while the Jetta pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The A4 2.0 T Sedan Quattro goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.3 MPH faster than the Jetta (69.2 vs. 64.9 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A4 2.0 T Sedan Quattro is quieter than the Jetta GLI:

A4

Jetta

Full-Throttle

72 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The A4 Sedan has .1 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Jetta.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When four different drivers share the A4 3.2, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all four. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Jetta doesn’t offer a memory system.

The A4’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Jetta’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Jetta.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Jetta doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The A4 offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Jetta doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the A4 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Jetta doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The A4’s available rear sun shade is power operated, allowing the driver to remotely raise and lower it. The sun shade available in the Jetta is manual, and has to be raised or lowered in the rear.

The A4 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 Jetta has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The A4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Jetta S doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The A4’s 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 Jetta doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The A4’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Jetta doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Wireless connectivity is optional on the A4, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Volkswagen doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Jetta.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The A4 is less expensive to operate than the Jetta because typical repairs cost less on the A4 than the Jetta, including $105 less for fuel injection and $2 less for front struts.

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