2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2019 Audi S5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Corvette and the S5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 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 Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 106 more horsepower (455 vs. 349) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 111 more horsepower (460 vs. 349) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Corvette Z06’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. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 406 more horsepower (755 vs. 349) and 346 lbs.-ft. more torque (715 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the Audi S5 (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

S5

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.7 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

5.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

107 MPH

Top Speed

185 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette (except ZR1)’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 Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The S5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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

The Corvette’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 Corvette’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

 

Corvette GS/Z06

Corvette ZR1

S5

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

15.5 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

15.3 inches

13 inches

The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The S5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the S5:

 

Corvette

S5

 

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

150 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. 265/30R20).

The Corvette’s standard 245/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5’s standard 40 series tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 25 series profile than the S5’s optional 30 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S5.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette 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.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The Corvette is 7.8 inches shorter than the S5, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the S5 (.29 to .3). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the S5 Coupe (15 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk than the S5 Cabriolet with its top down (10 vs. 7.2 cubic feet). The Corvette Convertible has a larger trunk than the S5 Cabriolet with its top up (10 vs. 9.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Corvette 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 Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Corvette’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 Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $5105 to $7865 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 50.97% to 60.61% of its original price after five years, while the S5 only retains 48.53% to 51.66%.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette second among midsize premium 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 Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 22 years. The S5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

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