2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Audi A5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 300 and the A5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chrysler 300 is safer than the Audi A5 Sportback:

 

300

A5 Sportback

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

131

164

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

55 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

203

236

Chest Compression

.9 inches

1 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chrysler 300 is safer than the Audi A5 Sportback:

 

300

A5 Sportback

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

277

Spine Acceleration

50 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

350 lbs.

777 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

302

333

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5 Sportback. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A5 Sportback ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 300 has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - 300 optional). The A5 Sportback’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 300 has a standard 730-amp battery. The A5 Sportback’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The A5 Sportback isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 44 more horsepower (292 vs. 248) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 52 more horsepower (300 vs. 248) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 115 more horsepower (363 vs. 248) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler 300 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The A5 Sportback requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 Sportback (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The 300 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 Chrysler 300, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5 Sportback.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 300 V8/AWD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5 Sportback:

 

300 V8/AWD

A5 Sportback

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 300S/300C/Limited has standard 20-inch wheels. The A5 Sportback’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the 300 can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

The 300 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the A5 Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the A5 Sportback (120.2 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 300 is .9 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the A5 Sportback.

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the A5 Sportback’s (54.8% to 45.2%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

The 300 has .5 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 5 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Sportback.

Towing

The 300 has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The A5 Sportback has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The 300 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 300 (except Base)’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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the 300’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 300 (except Touring/Touring L) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the 300 (except Limited) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

The 300 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $625 to $3700 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 Chrysler 300 will be $3357 to $10487 less than for the Audi A5 Sportback.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The A5 Sportback isn’t in the top three.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Audi A5/S5 by 79% during 2018.

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