2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2011 Audi
A6 Premium

2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.7

starting from

$39,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
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More gears
8
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average number of airbags
5
2011 Audi A6 Premium

9.4

Runner-up

Audi A6 Premium

starting from

$46,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A6 Premium

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic range on the highway
633 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
443 miles
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Average-sized back seats
45.1 ft3
Performance 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Almost the same, 8 vs Continuously variable
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • The A5 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The A5 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A6 Premium Winner: A6 Premium
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  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 633 miles vs 490 miles
  • The A6 Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the A5 Premium
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
Safety Features 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Audi A6 Premium Winner: A6 Premium
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Performance

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A5 Premium
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 265 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs Continuously variable The A5 Premium has more gears, but the A6 Premium has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The A5 Premium'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 A5 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.4 lb/hp vs 14.6 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The A5 Premium will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the A6 Premium
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 39.0 ft The A5 Premium is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the A6 Premium is quite bad

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The A5 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the A6 Premium 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 A5 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 A5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the A5 Premium

Practicality

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Passengers 4 vs 5 The A6 Premium has lots of passenger seats and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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Highway driving range 490 miles vs 633 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the A6 Premium in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 12.2 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 50.7 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The A6 Premium has average-sized front seats, while the A5 Premium is very cramped
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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 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 Standard The A6 Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the A5 Premium
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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

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 4 The A5 Premium has an OK number of airbags while the A6 Premium has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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 Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A6 Premium; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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A5 Premium
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MSRP $39,075 vs $46,075 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

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 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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A5 Premium
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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A5 Premium
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 133 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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