2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 Audi A6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Charger 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.

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 A6 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the A6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 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 Dodge dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability

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 R/T’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 35 more horsepower (370 vs. 335) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (395 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392’s standard 6.4 V8 produces 150 more horsepower (485 vs. 335) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger 6.4 V8 is faster than the Audi A6:

 

Charger

A6

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

102.7 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 A6 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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 A6 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 A6.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack’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 A6 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona 392’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A6:

 

Charger R/T

Charger Scat Pack

Charger Daytona 392

A6

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 Charger stops shorter than the A6:

 

Charger

A6

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A6 (275/40R20 vs. 255/40R20).

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

The Charger 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 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A6.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the A6 (16.5 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

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 A6 doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 A6 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger 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 Charger 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 Dodge Charger, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Audi A6/S6 by almost 8 to one during 2018.

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