2019 Audi S5 Sportback vs. 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S5 Sportback 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 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S5 Sportback’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi S5 Sportback are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The S5 Sportback 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 4 Series Gran Coupe 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 S5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

To help make backing safer, the S5 Sportback’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the S5 Sportback and the 4 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and around view monitors.

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 S5 Sportback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 4 Series Gran Coupe has not been tested, yet.

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.

Engine

The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 101 more horsepower (349 vs. 248) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the 430i Gran Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 27 more horsepower (349 vs. 322) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the 440i Gran Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi S5 Sportback is faster than the 430i Gran Coupe 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

S5 Sportback

4 Series Gran Coupe

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.9 sec

14.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

98 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S5 Sportback’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

S5 Sportback

430i Gran Coupe

440i Gran Coupe

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The S5 Sportback stops much shorter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

S5 Sportback

4 Series Gran Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Gran Coupe (245/40R18 vs. 225/45R18). The S5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Gran Coupe (265/30R20 vs. 225/45R18).

The S5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s standard 45 series tires. The S5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S5 Sportback offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4 Series Gran Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S5 Sportback is 1.5 inches wider in the front than the average track on the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The S5 Sportback Prestige handles at .95 G’s, while the 430i Gran Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The S5 Sportback has .9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The S5 Sportback has a much larger trunk than the 4 Series Gran Coupe with its rear seat up (21.8 vs. 17 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 14% lower rating, BMW is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the S5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the S5 Sportback keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

The S5 Sportback will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the S5 Sportback will retain 51.38% to 51.57% of its original price after five years, while the 4 Series Gran Coupe only retains 47.49% to 50.4%.

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