2019 Audi e-tron vs. 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the e-tron and Pacifica have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The e-tron has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Pacifica’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The e-tron has four-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Pacifica doesn’t offer four-wheel drive.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the e-tron helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the e-tron and the Pacifica have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The e-tron comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Pacifica’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The e-tron’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Pacifica’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 17 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine

The e-tron’s standard electric motor produces 142 more horsepower (402 vs. 260) than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The e-tron’s electric motor produces 115 more horsepower (402 vs. 287) and 228 lbs.-ft. more torque (490 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The e-tron’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 204 miles on a full charge. The Pacifica Hybrid can only travel about 32 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi e-tron higher (10 out of 10) than the Chrysler Pacifica (7). This means the e-tron produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Pacifica every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the e-tron’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Pacifica:

 

e-tron

Pacifica

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The e-tron’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Pacifica are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the e-tron has larger standard tires than the Pacifica (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R17). The e-tron Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pacifica (265/45R21 vs. 245/50R20).

The e-tron’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pacifica’s standard 65 series tires. The e-tron Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Pacifica Limited’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the e-tron has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Pacifica. The e-tron Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Pacifica Limited.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the e-tron uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Pacifica, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The e-tron has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Pacifica’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The e-tron has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The e-tron’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

The e-tron is 10.8 inches shorter than the Pacifica, making the e-tron easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi e-tron amounts to more than styling. The e-tron has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Pacifica (.298 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the e-tron get better fuel mileage.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Chrysler Pacifica is limited to 3600 pounds. The e-tron offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chrysler. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 83% lower rating, Chrysler is ranked 26th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Pacifica Limited, the e-tron Prestige has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The e-tron Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The e-tron’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Pacifica’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The e-tron’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 Pacifica’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The e-tron has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Pacifica L.

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