2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2019 Audi A5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Challenger and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 all wheel drive, collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Challenger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5. 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 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Challenger has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Challenger optional and 220 392/Hellcat). The A5’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 Challenger has a standard 730-amp battery. The A5’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 Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 19th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Engine

The Challenger’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 57 more horsepower (305 vs. 248) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger R/T automatic’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 124 more horsepower (372 vs. 248) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger R/T manual’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 127 more horsepower (375 vs. 248) and 137 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack’s standard 6.4 V8 produces 237 more horsepower (485 vs. 248) and 202 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Challenger Hellcat Redeye’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 549 more horsepower (797 vs. 248) and 434 lbs.-ft. more torque (707 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Audi A5 (automatics tested):

 

Challenger

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.3 MPH

100.5 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Challenger SRT Hellcat is faster than the Audi A5 (automatics tested):

 

Challenger

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125.4 MPH

100.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Challenger 5.7/6.4 V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The A5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Challenger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Challenger Hellcat’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

 

Challenger R/T/AWD

Challenger Scat Pack

Challenger Hellcat

A5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Challenger stops shorter than the A5:

 

Challenger

A5

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A5 (305/35R20 vs. 255/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Challenger offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Challenger has a standard space-saver spare (not available on R/T Scat Pack/Hellcat) 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; 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 Challenger’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the A5 Coupe (116.2 inches vs. 108.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A5.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat handles at .94 G’s, while the A5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the A5 Prestige Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Challenger a Compact car, while the A5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Challenger offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the A5 can only carry 4.

The Challenger has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Coupe (93.7 vs. 84).

The Challenger has .3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the A5 Coupe (16.2 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Challenger Automatic 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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Challenger’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 A5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Challenger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Challenger with a number “1” insurance rate while the A5 is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

The Challenger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Challenger will retain 50.85% to 56.29% of its original price after five years, while the A5 only retains 45.52% to 48.51%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Challenger is less expensive to operate than the A5 because it costs $342 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Challenger than the A5, including $444 less for a water pump, $388 less for a starter, $145 less for fuel injection, $208 less for front struts and $48 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The A5 isn’t in the top three.

The Dodge Challenger outsold the Audi A5/S5 by almost three to one during 2018.

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