2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2012 Audi
A7 Premium

2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.6

starting from

$39,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Keyless entry
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Navigation system
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Comparable turning radius
37.4 ft
2012 Audi A7 Premium

9.6

starting from

$60,125

Reasons to buy the Audi A7 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
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Average-sized back seats
43.8 ft3
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OK performance
13.6 lb/hp
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Child door locks
Standard
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Audi A7 Premium Winner: A7 Premium
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  • Almost the same
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $21,050 cheaper (around 40% less), $39,075 vs $60,125
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Audi A7 Premium Winner: A7 Premium
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  • The A7 Premium's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.6 lb/hp vs 17.4 lb/hp
  • Around 50% more powerful, 310 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the A7 Premium in particular gets exceptional range
  • Very cramped front seats
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.6

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 Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A7 Premium; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

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 Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the A5 Premium; not available on the A7 Premium
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

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A5 Premium
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MSRP $39,075 vs $60,125 The A5 Premium has a great price and the A7 Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 18 mpg The A5 Premium has great city mileage and the A7 Premium is pretty reasonable
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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

Performance

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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 310 HP @ 6,500 RPM The A7 Premium is of average power, but the A5 Premium is underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 8 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Supercharger Both have an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.4 lb/hp vs 13.6 lb/hp The A7 Premium has OK performance while the A5 Premium gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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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 A7 Premium is quite bad

Crash Test Ratings

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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

Practicality

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A5 Premium
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 490 miles vs 554 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the A7 Premium in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 12.2 ft3 vs 24.5 ft3 The A7 Premium has lots of cargo room and the A5 Premium is pretty good
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front seats 50.7 ft3 vs 50.4 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The A5 Premium's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the A7 Premium
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The A5 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the A7 Premium
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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 A5 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the A7 Premium
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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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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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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 A7 Premium does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include 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 Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the A7 Premium

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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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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