2019 Nissan 370Z vs. 2018 Audi A5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 370Z 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 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 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 370Z has a 150-amp alternator. The A5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (332 vs. 252) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 98 more horsepower (350 vs. 252) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (276 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the 370Z has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The A5 doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

The Nissan 370Z Sport/NISMO manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The A5 doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 370Z Sport/NISMO’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

 

370Z Sport/NISMO

A5

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The 370Z stops much shorter than the A5:

 

370Z

A5

 

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The 370Z Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the A5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 370Z Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the A5 Prestige Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the A5’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the A5’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Audi A5.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 4.5 inches shorter than the A5, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The 370Z’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.

If the windows are left open on the 370Z 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 A5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the A5 because it costs $378 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the 370Z than the A5, including $41 less for a water pump, $189 less for a muffler, $48 less for front brake pads and $171 less for a starter.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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