2019 Lexus GS F vs. 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lexus GS F are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi RS 5 Sportback has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GS F and the RS 5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GS F 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the RS 5 Sportback. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the RS 5 Sportback ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.

Engine

The GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 23 more horsepower (467 vs. 444) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The GS F has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 Sportback (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GS F has larger rear tires than the RS 5 Sportback (275/35R19 vs. 265/35R19).

Suspension and Handling

The GS F has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RS 5 Sportback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better maneuverability, the GS F’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the RS 5 Sportback’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The GS F has 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the GS F offers cargo security. The RS 5 Sportback’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

The GS F 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 RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RS 5 Sportback, the GS F has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GS F’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The GS F’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the RS 5 Sportback’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left open on the GS F 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. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the RS 5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GS F offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the GS F to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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