2019 Chrysler 300 vs. 2019 Audi A6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 300 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A6 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 300 and the A6 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, 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.

Warranty

Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A6 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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The A6 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 28 more horsepower (363 vs. 335) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

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 A6 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 A6 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

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 A6 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 A6.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 300 V8/AWD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A6:

 

300 V8/AWD

A6

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

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 A6 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the A6 (120.2 inches vs. 115.1 inches).

The 300’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the A6’s (55% to 45%). This gives the 300 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

The Chrysler 300 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Audi A6.

Passenger Space

The 300 has .6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A6.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a much larger trunk than the A6 (16.3 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

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 A6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 300 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A6 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Model Availability

The 300 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A6 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Audi A6/S6 by over four to one during 2018.

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