Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2014 Audi S5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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2014 Audi S5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi S5 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Camaro has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 S5 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 Camaro and the S5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the S5.

There are over 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro first among midsize sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The S5 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 Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro SS Automatic’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 67 more horsepower (400 vs. 333) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Camaro SS Manual’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 93 more horsepower (426 vs. 333) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Camaro Z/28’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 172 more horsepower (505 vs. 333) and 156 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 247 more horsepower (580 vs. 333) and 231 lbs.-ft. more torque (556 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Camaro is faster than the Audi S5 (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro Z/28

Camaro ZL1

S5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

4 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

8.9 sec

11.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

12.3 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

118 MPH

107 MPH

Top Speed

172 MPH

181 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro SS Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The S5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (19 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Camaro Z/28’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

Camaro Z/28

S5

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13 inches

The Camaro’s brakes have 7% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the S5 (659 vs. 618 square inches), so the Camaro has more braking power available.

The Camaro Z/28 has standard 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 S5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the S5:

Camaro

S5

80 to 0 MPH

187 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

97 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro Z/28’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (305/30R19 vs. 255/35R19).

The Camaro Z/28’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 21-inch wheels. The S5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the S5 (112.3 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the S5’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro SS handles at .9 G’s, while the S5 Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS 1LE Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.9 MPH faster than the S5 Coupe (71.9 vs. 69 MPH).

The Camaro SS 1LE Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the S5 Coupe (24.2 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Camaro RS Coupe is quieter than the S5 Coupe (79 vs. 80 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the S5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact. The Camaro Convertible is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the S5 Cabriolet is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Coupe (93 vs. 84). The Camaro Convertible has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Cabriolet (93 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.1 inches more front legroom and 2.6 inches more front shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 1.1 inches more front legroom and 2.6 inches more front shoulder room than the S5 Cabriolet.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro 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 S5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro’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 S5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro (except LS) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The S5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Camaro LT/SS/ZL1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The S5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $675 to $7920 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

The Camaro will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Camaro will retain 47% to 53% of its original price after five years, while the S5 only retains 41% to 45%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Camaro ZL1 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The S5 has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro ZL1 was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Audi A5/S5 by over four to one during 2013.

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