Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Dodge Challenger VS 2013 Audi A5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Dodge Challenger

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2013 Audi A5

Safety Comparison

Both the Challenger and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Challenger 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 11 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Challenger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Challenger’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The A5’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the A5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Challenger has a standard 160-amp alternator (220-amp - Challenger SRT8 392). The A5’s 150-amp alternator 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 Challenger’s reliability will be 30% better than the A5.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger second among midsize sporty cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The A5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Challenger’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 94 more horsepower (305 vs. 211) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (268 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger R/T automatic’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 161 more horsepower (372 vs. 211) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger R/T manual’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 164 more horsepower (375 vs. 211) and 152 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger SRT-8 392’s standard 6.4 V8 produces 259 more horsepower (470 vs. 211) and 212 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Road & Track the Challenger SRT-8 392 6.4 V8 is faster than the Audi A5 (manual transmissions tested):

Challenger

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.8 sec

16.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.8 MPH

95.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Challenger V6 is faster than the Audi A5 (automatics tested):

Challenger

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

18.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.8 MPH

90.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Challenger V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The A5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Challenger has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 (19.1 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Challenger SRT-8 392’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

Challenger SRT-8 392

A5

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Challenger SRT-8 392’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A5 are solid, not vented.

The Challenger stops much shorter than the A5:

Challenger

A5

80 to 0 MPH

198 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

118 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Challenger SRT-8 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Challenger offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The A5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Challenger SRT-8 392 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The A5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the A5 (116 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Challenger is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the A5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Challenger has standard seating for 5 passengers; the A5 can only carry 4.

The Challenger has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Coupe (93.9 vs. 84).

The Challenger has .2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the A5 Coupe (16.2 vs. 12.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Challenger Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The A5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Challenger’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge –, which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The A5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Challenger’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the A5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Challenger owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Challenger will cost $139 to $1002 less than the A5 over a five-year period.

The Challenger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Challenger will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the A5.

Challenger

A5

Four Year

37% to 41%

34% to 36%

Two Year

56% to 60%

52% to 55%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Challenger is less expensive to operate than the A5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Challenger than the A5, including $237 less for a water pump, $349 less for a starter, $91 less for fuel injection, $244 less for a fuel pump, $406 less for front struts and $140 less for a power steering pump.

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