2019 Buick Regal TourX vs. 2019 Audi A5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Regal TourX and the A5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal TourX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5 Sportback. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the A5 Sportback ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Regal TourX for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A5 Sportback.

There are almost 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal TourX’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (250 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Regal TourX has a gallon more fuel capacity than the A5 Sportback (16.3 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Regal TourX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Regal TourX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5 Sportback.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Regal TourX is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the A5 Sportback.

Chassis

The Regal TourX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Regal TourX has .8 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Sportback.

Ergonomics

The Regal TourX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Regal TourX Essence’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Regal TourX’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The A5 Sportback does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Regal TourX has a standard rear wiper. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Regal TourX Preferred/Essence offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Regal TourX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Regal TourX will cost $1025 to $3610 less than the A5 Sportback over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Regal TourX will be $11005 to $18923 less than for the Audi A5 Sportback.

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