2019 Audi S5 vs. 2019 Infiniti Q60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S5 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 S5’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 S5 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 S5. But it costs extra on the Q60.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the S5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Q60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Compared to metal, the S5’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 S5 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 S5 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.

Warranty

The S5’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 S5’s warranty.

Engine

The S5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 49 more horsepower (349 vs. 300) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the Q60 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The S5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 350) than the Q60 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi S5 is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400:

 

S5

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.5 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

150 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S5 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 3.0t AWD 3.0 twin turbo V6 (300 HP) (21 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the S5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi S5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Infiniti Q60 (3). This means the S5 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q60 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi S5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q60.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60:

 

S5

Q60

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.1 inches

The S5 stops much shorter than the Q60:

 

S5

Q60

 

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 (265/30R20 vs. 255/35R20).

The S5’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 Q60 Red Sport 400’s 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S5 is 1.2 inches wider in the front than the average track on the Q60.

The S5 Prestige Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The S5 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.

Cargo Capacity

The S5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (11.6 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

The S5’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, the S5’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, 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.

Ergonomics

The S5 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 S5’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 S5 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.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the S5 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 S5 and the Q60 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the S5 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 S5 Prestige’s Park Steering 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.

Model Availability

The Audi S5 comes in coupe, convertible and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Infiniti Q60 isn’t available as a convertible or four-door.

Economic Advantages

The S5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the S5 will retain 48.53% to 51.66% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 only retains 42.74% to 44.56%.

Recommendations

The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the Infiniti Q60 by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.

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