2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Scion
xB

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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Better suspension
Independent
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Good range on the highway
516 miles
2011 Scion xB

8.9

Runner-up

Scion xB

starting from

$16,720

Reasons to buy the Scion xB

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Average number of gears
5
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Spacious back seats
49.6 ft3
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Comparable turning radius
34.8 ft
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Very inexpensive
$16,720
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Leather comes standard on the A4 Premium; the xB only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the A4 Premium's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; not available on the xB
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.9
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • The A4 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Like your tunes? In the A4 Premium, you can upgrade to satellite radio
  • The A4 Premium has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Scion xB Winner: xB
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  • The xB has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The xB needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.8 ft vs 37.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • The A4 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the xB
  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 516 miles vs 392 miles
  • The A4 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the xB
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
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 -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; not available on the xB
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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 xB only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The A4 Premium has more speakers, but the xB has very few
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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 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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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 158 HP @ 6,000 RPM The A4 Premium is of average power, but the xB is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The xB has an OK number of gears, while the A4 Premium has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The A4 Premium's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 19.2 lb/hp The A4 Premium has OK performance while the xB 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 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 392 miles The A4 Premium has great highway range, but the xB is very limited
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 21.7 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room and the xB is pretty good
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the xB 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 Not Available The A4 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the xB
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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 xB
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The xB has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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MSRP $33,175 vs $16,720 The xB has a great price and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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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 xB '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 xB 's is very short

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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 9.4 seconds The A4 Premium's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the xB is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 137 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.6 s @ 92 mph vs 17.3 s @ 81 mph The A4 Premium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the xB '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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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

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