2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 Audi S4

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 S4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the S4 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.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S4 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 S4’s 150-amp alternator 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 R/T’s standard 5.7 V8 produces 21 more horsepower (370 vs. 349) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (395 vs. 369) than the S4’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392’s standard 6.4 V8 produces 136 more horsepower (485 vs. 349) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 369) than the S4’s 3.0 turbo V6.

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 S4 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S4 (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 S4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona 392’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S4:

 

Charger Scat Pack

Charger Daytona 392

S4

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S4 (275/40R20 vs. 245/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger R/T has standard 20-inch wheels. The S4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Charger has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the S4; 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 Charger’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the S4 (120.2 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S4.

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 S4 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 S4 is rated a Compact.

The Charger has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S4 (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 S4.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the S4 (16.5 vs. 13 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 S4 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 S4 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 S4 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 S4 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 S4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

The Charger is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S4 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 A4/S4 by over two to one during 2018.

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