2019 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2019 Audi S5

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 S5 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

Both the ATS-V and the S5 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 S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 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 115 more horsepower (464 vs. 349) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (445 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Transmission

The ATS-V offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The S5 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 S5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the ATS-V’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

 

ATS-V

S5

Front Rotors

14.5 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the ATS-V has larger tires than the S5 (F:255/35R18 & R:275/35R18 vs. 245/40R18).

The ATS-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5’s standard 40 series tires.

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 S5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ATS-V has 1 inch more front legroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

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 S5 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 S5 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 S5’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 S5 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 S5 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 S5 has never been chosen.

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