2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 Audi A4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 Dodge Charger is safer than the Audi A4:

 

Charger

A4

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

95

164

Neck Injury Risk

26%

26%

Neck Stress

230 lbs.

232 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

55 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

96

236

Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

47 lbs.

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 Dodge Charger is safer than the Audi A4:

 

Charger

A4

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

277

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

243 lbs.

777 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

270

333

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

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 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’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Charger has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Charger AWD/R/T and 220 Scat Pack/Daytona). The A4’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 has a standard 730-amp battery. The A4’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Charger’s reliability 20 points higher than the A4.

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 has more powerful engines than the A4:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

A4 40 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

A4 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger 6.4 V8 is faster than the A4:

 

Charger

A4 40 TFSI

A4 45 TFSI

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

7 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

15.4 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

91 MPH

98.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The A4 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Charger 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 A4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Charger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A4:

 

Charger SXT

Charger Daytona 392

A4

A4 Quattro

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.4 inches

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The Charger stops much shorter than the A4:

 

Charger

A4

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A4 (275/40R20 vs. 245/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger R/T has standard 20-inch wheels. The A4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 10.2 inches longer than on the A4 (120.2 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the A4 Premium pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the A4 Premium (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Charger has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The A4 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger a Large car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Charger has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (104.7 vs. 92).

The Charger has .5 inches more front legroom, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.4 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the A4 (16.5 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Towing

The Charger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The A4 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Charger 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, with the optional automatic climate control feature. The A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Charger’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 A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Charger’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 A4 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Charger’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

When the Charger with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Charger with a number “1” insurance rate while the A4 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the A4 because it costs $342 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the A4, including $410 less for a water pump, $573 less for a starter, $154 less for fuel injection, $1 less for a fuel pump, $666 less for front struts and $88 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Dodge Charger outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over two to one during 2018.

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