Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi A5 VS 2015 Volkswagen GTI Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi A5

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2015 Volkswagen GTI

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A5 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 Volkswagen GTI doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A5 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 GTI doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The A5 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GTI doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The A5’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 GTI doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the A5 and the GTI have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

The Audi A5 weighs 478 to 1073 pounds more than the Volkswagen GTI. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

Warranty Comparison

The A5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The GTI’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 16th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (220 vs. 210) than the GTI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The A5 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GTI (16.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GTI:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.7 inches

The A5 stops shorter than the GTI:



80 to 0 MPH

204 feet

211 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A5 has larger standard tires than the GTI (245/40R18 vs. 225/40R18). The A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GTI (255/35R19 vs. 225/40R18).

The A5’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GTI’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A5 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The GTI’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A5 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GTI’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A5’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the GTI (108.3 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A5 is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the GTI.

The A5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the GTI’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the A5 more stable handling and braking.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the A5 offers cargo security. The GTI’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the A5, the optional 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 GTI doesn’t offer a memory system.

The A5’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 GTI S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GTI doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The A5 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 GTI has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/Autobahn.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A5 has standard extendable sun visors. The GTI doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the A5 Prestige Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GTI doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The A5 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 GTI offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the A5 Cabriolet keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The GTI doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The A5 has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the GTI Autobahn.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi A5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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