Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Audi allroad VS 2014 Ford Edge Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Audi allroad

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2014 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad 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 Ford Edge doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the Edge.

The Audi Allroad has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Edge doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Compared to metal, the Allroad’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Edge has a metal gas tank.

Both the Allroad and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Allroad is safer than the Ford Edge:

Allroad

Edge

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Edge’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Edge’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The battery on the Allroad is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Allroad’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Edge’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 Allroad’s reliability will be 93% better than the Ford Edge ECOBoost and 111% better than the Ford Edge V6.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Allroad second among compact premium CUVS in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Edge isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 27th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the Edge AWD with its standard engine (20 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Allroad’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

Allroad

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

The Allroad stops much shorter than the Edge:

Allroad

Edge

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the Edge (245/45R18 vs. 235/65R17).

The Allroad’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Allroad has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Edge SE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Allroad’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Edge’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Allroad more stable handling and braking.

The Allroad handles at .85 G’s, while the Edge SEL pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Allroad executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Edge SEL (26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.6 feet). The Allroad’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Edge Sport’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Allroad is 9 inches shorter in height than the Edge, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Allroad easier. The Allroad’s trunk lift-over height is 26.3 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Allroad. The Edge doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Allroad’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Allroad 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 Edge can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Allroad has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Edge doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Allroad’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 Edge’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 Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Edge 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 Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Edge doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Allroad has a standard 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 Edge only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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

A manual rear sunshade is standard in the Allroad to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Edge doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Allroad’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport.

The Allroad 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 Edge offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Allroad, 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. Bluetooth costs extra on the Edge.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Allroad is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the Allroad than the Edge, including $323 less for a water pump, $549 less for a timing belt/chain and $1 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi Allroad has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Allroad

Edge

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Allroad first among compact premium CUVS in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Edge isn’t in the top three in its category.

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