2019 Fiat 124 Spider vs. 2019 Audi A5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 124 Spider and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 39 percent more Fiat dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 124 Spider’s warranty.

Reliability

The engines in the 124 Spider have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the A5 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 124 Spider has a 150-amp alternator. The A5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 124 Spider has a standard 450-amp battery. The A5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 124 Spider Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the A5 Auto (25 city/36 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The 124 Spider stops shorter than the A5:

 

124 Spider

A5

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the 124 Spider’s turning circle is 6.9 feet tighter than the A5’s (30.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

The Fiat 124 Spider may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1450 pounds less than the Audi A5.

The 124 Spider is 2 feet shorter than the A5, making the 124 Spider easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The 124 Spider’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the A5’s power windows.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 124 Spider Lusso/Abarth offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The A5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 124 Spider Lusso/Abarth offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 124 Spider owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 124 Spider will cost $3340 to $6610 less than the A5 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Fiat 124 Spider will be $14610 to $23767 less than for the Audi A5.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 124 Spider third among compact sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The A5 isn’t in the top three.

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