2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta

2011 Audi A4 Premium

10.0

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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OK brakes
Disc
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CD player
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

8.8

starting from

$16,135

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta

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Average number of gears
5
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Good braking distance from 60mph
113 ft
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Less safe for the driver in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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 Jetta 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 Jetta
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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Poor protection, 6% to 10% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
  • Poor protection, 21% to 35% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
Jetta
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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 Jetta
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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 Jetta only offers cloth seats

Cost

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
Jetta
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MSRP $33,175 vs $16,135 The Jetta has a great price and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 24 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 Jetta '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 Jetta 's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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A4 Premium
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
Jetta
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The A4 Premium is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Jetta
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 21% to 35% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 6% to 10% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Road Tests

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A4 Premium
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Jetta
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 113 ft The Jetta has above average braking ability, but the A4 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.6 s @ 92 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.82 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs 130 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
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Jetta
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The A4 Premium has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Performance

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A4 Premium
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Jetta
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 115 HP @ 5,200 RPM The A4 Premium is of average power, but the Jetta is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Jetta 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 Unknown
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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 24.4 lb/hp The A4 Premium has OK performance while the Jetta 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 36.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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A4 Premium
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Jetta
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 493 miles The A4 Premium has good highway range and the Jetta is reasonable
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room and the Jetta is pretty good
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 50.3 ft3 The A4 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta is very cramped
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the Jetta 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 Jetta
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
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Jetta
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the A4 Premium; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Jetta
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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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 2011 Toyota Corolla Jetta vs Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Camry SE Jetta TDI vs Camry SE
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 2011 Honda Accord LX Jetta vs Accord LX

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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ramiro (1:19 PM, April 28, 2013)
Your comments are not fair and very poor, your comparison among A4 211 HP vs the more basic 2 liter jetta are not fair..