Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi RS 5 VS 2015 Nissan GT-R Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Audi RS 5

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2015 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan GT-R doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The RS 5 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GT-R doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The RS 5’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GT-R doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the RS 5 and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The RS 5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The GT-R’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The RS 5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GT-R’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the RS 5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GT-R doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The RS 5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GT-R doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The RS 5 stops shorter than the GT-R:

RS 5

GT-R

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the RS 5 has larger standard tires than the GT-R (265/35R19 vs. 255/40R20). The RS 5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT-R (275/30R20 vs. 255/40R20).

The RS 5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s standard 40 series front tires. The RS 5’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the GT-R’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The RS 5 Coupe has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GT-R (84 vs. 79).

The RS 5 Coupe has 1 inch more front headroom, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the GT-R.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The RS 5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (12.4 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

The RS 5’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GT-R doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the RS 5, the 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 GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left down on the RS 5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the GT-R can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The RS 5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GT-R’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GT-R doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The RS 5 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GT-R doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the RS 5 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GT-R doesn’t offer cornering lights. The RS 5 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 5 has standard extendable sun visors. The GT-R doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the RS 5 Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GT-R doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The RS 5’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GT-R’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The RS 5 has standard 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 GT-R has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the RS 5 and the GT-R offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the RS 5 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The GT-R doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RS 5 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GT-R doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the RS 5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RS 5 will cost $960 to $3150 less than the GT-R over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi RS 5 will be $10754 to $17739 less than for the Nissan GT-R.

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