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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Infiniti Q60 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The A5’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The Q60 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The A5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Q60 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A5. But it costs extra on the Q60.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the A5 Automatic’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Q60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
Compared to metal, the A5’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q60 has a metal gas tank.
Both the A5 and the Q60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q60 has not been tested, yet.
The A5’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Q60’s (12 vs. 7 years).
There are over 42 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the A5’s warranty.
The Audi A5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Q60’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A5 is faster than the Q60 3.0t:
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the A5 gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 AWD with its standard engine (23 city/34 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the A5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Q60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Infiniti Q60 (3). This means the A5 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q60 every 15,000 miles.
The A5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Q60 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The A5 Auto’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Q60 doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the A5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60:
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A5 is 1.2 inches wider in the front than the average track on the Q60.
The A5 Coupe has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Q60.
The A5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (11.6 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).
The A5’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Q60’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the A5’s available trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Q60 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The A5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The A5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Q60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Q60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
Both the A5 and the Q60 offer available heated front seats. The A5 Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q60.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the A5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
Both the A5 and the Q60 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the A5 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Q60 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The A5 Prestige’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Audi A5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Infiniti Q60 isn’t available as a convertible or four door.
The A5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A5 will retain 45.52% to 48.51% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 only retains 42.74% to 44.56%.
The Audi A5/S5 outsold the Infiniti Q60 by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.
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