2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.9

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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Better suspension
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Rear air conditioning
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.3

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Average number of gears
6
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
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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
  • The A4 Premium has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Jetta TDI's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • Almost the same, 36.4 ft vs 37.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 53.1 ft3 vs 48.7 ft3
  • Room for more than 2x more stuff, 34.0 ft3 vs 15.5 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
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 10.0
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 TDI
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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 TDI only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The A4 Premium has more speakers, but the Jetta TDI 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 Jetta TDI does not
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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 Jetta TDI'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 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 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM The A4 Premium is of average power, but the Jetta TDI is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Jetta TDI 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 Jetta TDI'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 Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp The A4 Premium has OK performance while the Jetta TDI 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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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 609 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Jetta TDI in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room and the Jetta TDI is pretty good
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 48.7 ft3 The A4 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta TDI is very cramped
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the Jetta TDI 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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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
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MSRP $33,175 vs $24,865 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 30 mpg The Jetta TDI has great city mileage and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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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 TDI'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 TDI's is very short

Safety Features

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Jetta TDI
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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 Unknown
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The A4 Premium is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Jetta TDI
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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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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 8.3 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 113 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability, but the A4 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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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

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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..