2019 Dodge Charger SRT vs. 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Charger SRT and the RS 5 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The Dodge Charger SRT weighs 479 pounds more than the Audi RS 5 Sportback. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the RS 5 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 RS 5 Sportback 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 Charger SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

The Dodge Charger SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the RS 5 Sportback’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Charger SRT has a standard 220-amp alternator. The RS 5 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 Charger SRT has a standard 730-amp battery. The RS 5 Sportback’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 Charger SRT’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 263 more horsepower (707 vs. 444) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger SRT 392’s fuel efficiency. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

The Charger SRT 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 RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Charger SRT’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 RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger SRT’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 5 Sportback:

Charger SRT

RS 5 Sportback

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger SRT has larger tires than the RS 5 Sportback (275/40R20 vs. 265/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the RS 5 Sportback.

Suspension and Handling

The Charger SRT has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RS 5 Sportback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger SRT’s wheelbase is 9.2 inches longer than on the RS 5 Sportback (120.4 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Charger SRT is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the RS 5 Sportback.

Passenger Space

The Charger SRT has .5 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 5 Sportback.

Ergonomics

The Charger SRT 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 RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Charger SRT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Charger SRT’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 Sportback does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Charger SRT’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the RS 5 Sportback’s standard power windows.

On a hot day the Charger SRT’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the RS 5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Both the Charger SRT and the RS 5 Sportback have standard heated front seats. The Charger SRT also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RS 5 Sportback.

The Charger SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the RS 5 Sportback.

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