2019 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2019 Audi RS 5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS-V’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi RS 5 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

Both the ATS-V and the RS 5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS-V 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the RS 5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the RS 5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ATS-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (464 vs. 444) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (445 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Transmission

The ATS-V offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The ATS-V’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the ATS-V has larger rear tires than the RS 5 (275/35R18 vs. 265/35R19).

Chassis

The ATS-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RS 5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ATS-V has 1 inch more front legroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the RS 5.

Ergonomics

The ATS-V Automatic has a standard 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 RS 5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The ATS-V’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The ATS-V’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the RS 5’s standard power windows.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the ATS-V offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RS 5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The ATS-V offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The RS 5 has never been chosen.

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