2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Audi
A5 Premium

2011 Audi A4 Premium

10.0

starting from

$37,175
"With many possible configurations, the A4 gives Audi multiple, distinct presences in the compact sports-luxury field, from luxury with sportiness to quattro performance with luxury."
theautochannel.com | talking about the A4's overall satisfaction
"The newest version of Audi's 2.0-liter turbo four making more power from less fuel"
theautochannel.com | talking about the A4's engine

Reasons to buy the Audi A4 Premium

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Ample cargo space
50.5 ft3
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Roof rails
Standard
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Child door locks
Standard
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More passenger seats
5
2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.6

Runner-up

Audi A5 Premium

starting from

$39,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
134 ft
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Less sporty performance
17.4 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 4x more stuff, 50.5 ft3 vs 12.2 ft3
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • More gears
  • Both have an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 4 The A4 Premium has lots of passenger seats and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 490 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 50.5 ft3 vs 12.2 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The A4 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the A5 Premium is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The A4 Premium's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the A5 Premium cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A4 Premium; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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MSRP $37,175 vs $39,075 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Performance

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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 8 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.1 lb/hp vs 17.4 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 8.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.92 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs 130 mph Both have a very low top speed

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