2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Audi
Q5 Premium Plus

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9.8

starting from

$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Average number of gears
6
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Roof rails
Standard
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OK braking distance from 60mph
130 ft
2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.6

Runner-up

Audi A4 Premium

starting from

$33,175
"A car defined by a high-quality interior"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's interior quality
"A decent-sized backseat and trunk"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's seating

Reasons to buy the Audi A4 Premium

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
Performance 8.4 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Q5 Premium Plus's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
Placeholder Winner: Q5 Premium Plus
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  • Almost the same
  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • A standard folding rear seat on the Q5 Premium Plus is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the A4 Premium
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
Placeholder Winner: Q5 Premium Plus
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $10,200 cheaper (more than 20% less), $33,175 vs $43,375
Entertainment System 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • The {better} has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the A4 Premium, too, but it'll cost
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Performance

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A4 Premium
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Q5 Premium Plus
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Q5 Premium Plus is of average power, but the A4 Premium is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Q5 Premium Plus has an OK number of gears, while the A4 Premium has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Q5 Premium Plus's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The A4 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 15.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Q5 Premium Plus has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 38.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
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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 Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the A4 Premium; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Practicality

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A4 Premium
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 455 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 57.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the Q5 Premium Plus is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the A4 Premium
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Q5 Premium Plus's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the A4 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 8 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of cupholders, but the A4 Premium is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
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Q5 Premium Plus
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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 6 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of airbags, but the A4 Premium is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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A4 Premium
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Q5 Premium Plus
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MSRP $33,175 vs $43,375 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 18 mpg The A4 Premium has great city mileage and the Q5 Premium Plus is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More 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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the A4 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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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 The {better} has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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A4 Premium
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 7.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 130 ft The Q5 Premium Plus's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the A4 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 15.5 s s @ 93.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.85 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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A4 Premium
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Q5 Premium Plus
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The A4 Premium is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Q5 Premium Plus
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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