Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2017 Audi S5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2017 Audi S5

Safety Comparison

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The Corvette 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 Corvette and the S5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 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 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette 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 Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 122 more horsepower (455 vs. 333) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Corvette’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 127 more horsepower (460 vs. 333) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 317 more horsepower (650 vs. 333) and 325 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

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

Corvette

Corvette Z06

S5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

3.3 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.7 sec

7.5 sec

11.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

11.5 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117 MPH

125 MPH

107 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the Audi S5 (automatics tested):

Corvette

S5

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

103 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The S5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (18.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The S5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Corvette Z07’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

Corvette Z07

S5

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

13 inches

The Corvette Z06 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 S5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the S5:

Corvette

S5

80 to 0 MPH

167 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

114 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. 265/30R20).

The Corvette’s standard 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5’s standard 40 series tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 25 series profile than the S5 Coupe’s optional 30 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S5.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the S5’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.19 G’s, while the S5 Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Convertible handles at 1.14 G’s, while the S5 Cabriolet pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe goes through AutoWeek’s slalom 9.5 MPH faster than the S5 Coupe (53.7 vs. 44.2 MPH).

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.3 seconds quicker than the S5 Coupe (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 750 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The Corvette is 5.8 inches shorter than the S5, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the S5 (.31 to .33). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more front shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the S5 Coupe (15 vs. 12.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Corvette Auto has a standard 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The S5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette’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 Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The S5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Access standard on the Corvette allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi S5’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The S5’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The S5 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Corvette allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, 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

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Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $4305 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 49.53% to 51.25% of its original price after five years, while the S5 only retains 43.82% to 47.82%.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette won the Best in Class award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Audi S5 didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette first among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The S5 isn’t in the top three.

Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The S5 is not ranked.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 19 years. The S5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 12 years. The S5 has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Audi A5/A5/S5/RS 5 by almost three to one during 2015.

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