2019 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2019 Audi A5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Beetle and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.


The Beetle comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The A5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Beetle’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Beetle gets better fuel mileage than the A5 (26 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Beetle uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A5 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Beetle higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi A5 (5). This means the Beetle produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A5 every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Volkswagen Beetle as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi A5 is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Beetle’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the A5’s (35.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).


The Volkswagen Beetle may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 750 pounds less than the Audi A5.

The Beetle is 1 foot, 3.2 inches shorter than the A5, making the Beetle easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Beetle Coupe a Compact car, while the A5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Beetle Coupe has 1.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Coupe (85.1 vs. 84). The Beetle Convertible has .4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Cabriolet (81.4 vs. 81).

The Beetle Coupe has .4 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more rear headroom than the A5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Beetle Coupe has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the A5 Coupe (15.4 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Beetle owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Beetle will cost $2660 to $7250 less than the A5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Beetle is less expensive to operate than the A5 because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Beetle than the A5, including $227 less for a water pump, $37 less for front brake pads, $137 less for a starter, $14 less for fuel injection, $80 less for a fuel pump and $135 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Beetle will be $22604 to $24062 less than for the Audi A5.

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