2019 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door vs. 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The AMG GT 4-Door has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The AMG GT 4-Door’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 RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG GT 4-Door and the RS 5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door weighs 582 to 701 pounds more than the Audi RS 5 Sportback. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the AMG GT 4-Door’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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The AMG GT 63’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 133 more horsepower (577 vs. 444) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6. The AMG GT 63 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 186 more horsepower (630 vs. 444) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG GT 4-Door 63/63 S’ fuel efficiency. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG GT 4-Door’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG GT 4-Door has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 Sportback (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is available on the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the RS 5 Sportback.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the AMG GT 4-Door has larger standard rear tires than the RS 5 Sportback (285/40R19 vs. 265/35R19). The AMG GT 63 S’ rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the RS 5 Sportback (295/35R20 vs. 275/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG GT 4-Door offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RS 5 Sportback’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG GT 4-Door 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.

The AMG GT 53 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG GT 4-Door’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the RS 5 Sportback (116.2 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG GT 4-Door is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RS 5 Sportback.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 13% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The AMG GT 4-Door 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 AMG GT 4-Door 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 AMG GT 4-Door’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the AMG GT 4-Door the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. 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 AMG GT 4-Door has standard 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 manual rear sunshade is optional in the AMG GT 4-Door to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the AMG GT 4-Door and the RS 5 Sportback have standard heated front seats. The AMG GT 4-Door also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RS 5 Sportback.

The AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The RS 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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