2019 Honda Accord vs. 2018 Audi A4

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The A4’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Accord 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 over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.


The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (252 vs. 190) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 236) than the A4 2.0 TFSI ultra’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Accord 2.0T is faster than the A4 FWD (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.4 sec

11.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.3 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Accord CVT with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the A4 FWD (30 city/38 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord 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.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Accord higher (6 to 7 out of 10) than the Audi A4 (3 to 5). This means the Accord produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A4 every 15,000 miles.


A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Accord 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

The Accord has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The A4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Accord Sport has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The A4 doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

The Accord stops much shorter than the A4:





60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Accord’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the A4 (111.4 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord is .9 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Accord Touring handles at .89 G’s, while the A4 Premium pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 Premium (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).


The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Audi A4.

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Accord uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Accord Touring is quieter than the A4 Prestige Quattro (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Accord has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (105.6 vs. 92).

The Accord has .6 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the A4 (16.7 vs. 13 cubic feet).


The Accord 2.0L Turbo offers up to a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The A4 has no towing capacity.


The Accord Sport 2.0T Auto/EX/EX-L/Touring 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 A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Accord EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system 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.

If the windows are left open on the Accord the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the A4’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

When the Accord Touring 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 Accord owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Accord will cost $185 to $5305 less than the A4 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord is less expensive to operate than the A4 because it costs $468 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord than the A4, including $386 less for a water pump, $213 less for a muffler, $63 less for front brake pads, $291 less for a starter, $18 less for a fuel pump, $558 less for front struts and $299 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord will be $14210 to $16098 less than for the Audi A4.


Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its June 2018 issue and the Honda Accord Touring won out over the Audi A4 Premium.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The A4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord 2.0T Sport was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The A4 has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The A4 has never been chosen.

The Honda Accord outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost 8 to one during the 2018 model year.

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