2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Scion
xB

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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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Roof rails
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Better suspension
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2011 Scion xB

8.6

Runner-up

Scion xB

starting from

$16,720

Reasons to buy the Scion xB

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Spacious back seats
49.6 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$16,720
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Comparable turning radius
34.8 ft
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Plenty of cupholders
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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 7.7
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • The A4 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A4 Premium; but it's not available at all on the xB
  • Like your tunes? In the A4 Premium, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The A4 Premium's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the xB cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The A4 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the xB
  • Room for around 2.5x more stuff, 50.5 ft3 vs 21.7 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The A4 Premium's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • The A4 Premium's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Scion xB Scion
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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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A4 Premium; but it's not available at all on the xB

Practicality

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2011 Scion xB Scion
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 392 miles The A4 Premium has OK highway range, but the xB is very limited
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Cargo space 50.5 ft3 vs 21.7 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the xB is OK, too
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 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 Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The A4 Premium's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the xB cannot be configured with them at any price
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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

Performance

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2011 Scion xB Scion
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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 8 vs 5 The A4 Premium has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the xB is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the A4 Premium's semi-automatic transmission and the xB 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions 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 18.1 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 all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The A4 Premium's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the xB is not
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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

Cost

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Scion xB Scion
xB
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MSRP $37,175 vs $16,720 The xB has a great price and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 21 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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A4 Premium
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2011 Scion xB Scion
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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 Scion xB Scion
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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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A4 Premium
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2011 Scion xB Scion
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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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