2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Audi S5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The S5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Camaro SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 106 more horsepower (455 vs. 349) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 301 more horsepower (650 vs. 349) and 281 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS is faster than the Audi S5 (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

S5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

5.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.7 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

107 MPH

Top Speed

165 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The S5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The S5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro 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 S5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The S5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S5.

The Camaro’s optional 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 Camaro’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

 

Camaro SS 1LE

Camaro ZL1

S5

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

15.35 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

13 inches

The Camaro stops shorter than the S5:

 

Camaro

S5

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

150 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 265/30R20).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is longer than on the S5:

 

Camaro

S5

Coupe

110.7 inches

108.8 inches

Convertible

110.7 inches

108.9 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the S5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 500 pounds less than the Audi S5.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the S5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Coupe (93 vs. 84). The Camaro Convertible has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Cabriolet (85 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 2.6 inches more front legroom than the S5 Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 2.6 inches more front legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Cabriolet.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto 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 Camaro’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 S5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’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 S5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $6355 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The S5 isn’t in the top three.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The S5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The S5 has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Audi A5/S5/RS 5 by almost two to one during 2018.

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