2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Audi A4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Camry 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 and rear 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Audi A4:

 

Camry

A4

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

140

164

Neck Injury Risk

20%

26%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

55 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

21%

25%

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

47 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 lbs.

324/341 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Audi A4:

 

Camry

A4

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

172

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

219 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

308 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

752 lbs.

777 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

333

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

666 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Camry 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.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A4.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camry has a standard 600-amp battery. The A4’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

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

Engine

The Camry has more powerful engines than the A4:

 

Horsepower

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

A4 40 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

A4 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Camry V6 is faster than the A4 40 TFSI:

 

Camry

A4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

11.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

91 MPH

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Brakes and Stopping

The Camry stops shorter than the A4:

 

Camry

A4

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the A4 (111.2 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 Premium (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the A4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the A4’s (38 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Audi A4.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the A4 Prestige Quattro (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camry a Mid-size car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Camry has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (100.4 vs. 92).

The Camry has .8 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

The Camry has a much larger trunk than the A4 (15.1 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Camry offers a 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.

If the windows are left open on the Camry 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. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the A4’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $110 to $5000 less than the A4 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the A4 because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the A4, including $251 less for a water pump, $276 less for a muffler, $33 less for front brake pads, $263 less for a starter, $111 less for a fuel pump and $498 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $13294 to $15639 less than for the Audi A4.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Camry

A4

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

Top Pick

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Toyota Camry outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost 10 to one during 2018.

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