2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2019 Audi RS 5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Challenger and the RS 5 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 RS 5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the RS 5 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 RS 5’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 RS 5’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 R/T Scat Pack’s standard 6.4 V8 produces 41 more horsepower (485 vs. 444) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6. The Challenger Hellcat Redeye’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 353 more horsepower (797 vs. 444) and 264 lbs.-ft. more torque (707 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6.

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody was clocked 4.1 seconds faster than the Audi RS 5 (179.8 sec. vs. 183.9 sec.).

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 RS 5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Challenger has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Challenger offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Challenger’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 RS 5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RS 5 (305/35R20 vs. 275/30R20).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 7.3 inches longer than on the RS 5 (116.2 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RS 5.

For better maneuverability, the Challenger SXT/GT/R/T’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the RS 5’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Challenger a Compact car, while the RS 5 is rated a Subcompact.

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

The Challenger has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RS 5 (93.7 vs. 84).

The Challenger has .3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the RS 5.

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the RS 5 (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 RS 5 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 RS 5 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 RS 5 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 RS 5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 RS 5 isn’t in the top three.

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