2019 Audi RS 5 vs. 2020 BMW M8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 5 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 BMW M8 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the RS 5 and the M8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 1 place higher in reliability than BMW.

Tires and Wheels

The RS 5’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M8’s 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the RS 5’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the M8’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Audi RS 5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the BMW M8.

The RS 5 is 5.2 inches shorter than the M8, making the RS 5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The RS 5 has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M8 (84 vs. 81).

The RS 5 has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 8.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The M8 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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