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 Chevrolet Camaro doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The A5 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camaro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The A5 offers optional Parking System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the A5 and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available blind spot warning systems.
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 Camaro’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The A5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).
The Audi A5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Camaro’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the A5 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 6.2 V8 in the Camaro.
The A5 stops shorter than the Camaro:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camaro (255/35R19 vs. 245/40R20).
The A5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires. The A5’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Camaro SS’ 40 series front tires.
For better maneuverability, the A5’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Camaro’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
The A5 is 6.2 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the A5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The A5 Coupe has .9 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.
The A5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (12.2 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).
The A5’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
The A5’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 Camaro’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Camaro doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The A5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.
The A5 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
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 costs extra on the Camaro.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi A5, based on reliability, safety and performance.