2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

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Safety

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The A4 Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The QX30 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the A4 Allroad and QX30 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A4 Allroad has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The QX30’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The A4 Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The A4 Allroad has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A4 Allroad. But it costs extra on the QX30.

To help make backing safer, the A4 Allroad’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the A4 Allroad’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the A4 Allroad and the QX30 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A4 Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 184 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The A4 Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX30’s (12 vs. 7 years).

There are over 42 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the A4 Allroad’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the QX30’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the A4 Allroad has a standard 150-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 A4 Allroad’s reliability 34 points higher than the QX30.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 40 more horsepower (248 vs. 208) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the Infiniti QX30:

A4 Allroad

QX30

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

18.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A4 Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the QX30 AWD (23 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A4 Allroad uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The A4 Allroad has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A4 Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the A4 Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The A4 Allroad’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 QX30 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A4 Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

A4 Allroad

QX30

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

The A4 Allroad’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the QX30 are solid, not vented.

The A4 Allroad stops much shorter than the QX30:

A4 Allroad

QX30

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A4 Allroad has larger tires than the QX30 (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The A4 Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX30’s standard 50 series tires.

The A4 Allroad has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The A4 Allroad 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 QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4 Allroad’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the QX30 (110.9 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The A4 Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The A4 Allroad has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (92 vs. 88.8).

The A4 Allroad has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

Cargo Capacity

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The A4 Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The A4 Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 34 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the A4 Allroad easier. The A4 Allroad’s trunk lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the QX30’s liftover is 28.1 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the A4 Allroad has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The A4 Allroad has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The A4 Allroad uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the A4 Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX30. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The A4 Allroad Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the A4 Allroad and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the A4 Allroad is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The A4 Allroad’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The A4 Allroad’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The QX30’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The A4 Allroad’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 Allroad Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The A4 Allroad has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential. The A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX30.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The QX30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the A4 Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A4 Allroad will cost $345 less than the QX30 over a five-year period.

The A4 Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A4 Allroad will retain 42.51% to 42.92% of its original price after five years, while the QX30 only retains 36.01% to 36.87%.

Recommendations

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The Audi A4/S4 outsold the Infiniti QX30 by over 8 to one during 2019.

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