2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2019 Audi A5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the MX-5 Miata 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the MX-5 Miata 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 2 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MX-5 Miata’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the MX-5 Miata’s reliability 34 points higher than the A5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the MX-5 Miata gets better fuel mileage than the A5:

 

 

 

MPG

MX-5 Miata

 

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/34 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

A5

 

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The MX-5 Miata stops shorter than the A5:

 

MX-5 Miata

A5

 

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the MX-5 Miata’s turning circle is 6.9 feet tighter than the A5’s (30.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 to 1500 pounds less than the Audi A5.

The MX-5 Miata is 2 feet, 5.9 inches shorter than the A5, making the MX-5 Miata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MX-5 Miata's optional power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The A5 doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

Ergonomics

The MX-5 Miata’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 standard power windows.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MX-5 Miata is less expensive to operate than the A5 because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the MX-5 Miata than the A5, including $449 less for a water pump, $167 less for a muffler, $31 less for front brake pads, $322 less for a starter, $112 less for fuel injection, $41 less for a fuel pump, $122 less for front struts and $239 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda MX-5 Miata, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MX-5 Miata second 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.

The MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 16 of the last 28 years. The A5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The MX-5 Miata was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 8 of the last 25 years. The A5 has never been an “All Star.”

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