2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Mazda
6 i Touring

2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.8

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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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

9.1

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Touring

starting from

$23,430
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 i Touring

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Average number of gears
5
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Good range on the highway
574 miles
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Spacious front seats
55.5 ft3
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Spacious back seats
46.3 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • The A4 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The A4 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Winner: 6 i Touring
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The 6 i Touring's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The 6 i Touring needs around 10% less space to turn, 35.4 ft vs 37.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 2x more stuff, 34.0 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 9.1

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A4 Premium's standard sun roof
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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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the A4 Premium; the 6 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The A4 Premium has more speakers, but the 6 i Touring has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The A4 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 6 i Touring does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the A4 Premium, you can upgrade to 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 No The A4 Premium 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

Performance

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The A4 Premium is of average power, but the 6 i Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The 6 i Touring 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 6 i Touring's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find 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 19.6 lb/hp The A4 Premium has OK performance while the 6 i Touring gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 574 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room and the 6 i Touring is pretty good
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 The 6 i Touring has roomy front seats and the A4 Premium is OK
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the 6 i Touring 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 Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The A4 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 6 i Touring
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The 6 i Touring 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

Cost

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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MSRP $33,175 vs $23,430 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The A4 Premium's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 6 i Touring's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The A4 Premium's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 6 i Touring's is very short

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The A4 Premium's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Touring is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The A4 Premium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 6 i Touring's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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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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