2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the A4 Allroad and Golf SportWagen 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 Golf SportWagen’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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense Front in the A4 Allroad as “Superior.” The Golf SportWagen scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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

The A4 Allroad Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Golf SportWagen only offers a rear monitor.

Both the A4 Allroad and the Golf SportWagen have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi A4 Allroad weighs 522 to 794 pounds more than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The A4 Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Golf SportWagen’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

Reliability

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The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Golf SportWagen’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the A4 Allroad’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Golf SportWagen’s camshafts. If the Golf SportWagen’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 32 points higher than the Golf SportWagen.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen 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 Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 13 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 101 more horsepower (248 vs. 147) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 184) than the Golf SportWagen’s standard 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder. The A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 80 more horsepower (248 vs. 168) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 199) than the Golf SportWagen S 4MOTION’s optional 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the Golf SportWagen S 4MOTION (automatics tested):

A4 Allroad

Golf SportWagen

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

21.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

128 MPH

126 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A4 Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the Golf SportWagen:

MPG

A4 Allroad

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Golf SportWagen

AWD

Manual

1.8 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Auto

1.8 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A4 Allroad’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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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

Transmission

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The Audi A4 Allroad comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf SportWagen.

The A4 Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer an SMG.

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 Golf SportWagen 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 Golf SportWagen:

A4 Allroad

Golf SportWagen

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

10.7 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 Golf SportWagen are solid, not vented.

The A4 Allroad stops much shorter than the Golf SportWagen:

A4 Allroad

Golf SportWagen

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A4 Allroad has larger tires than the Golf SportWagen (245/45R18 vs. 195/65R15). The A4 Allroad’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf SportWagen (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R17).

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 Golf SportWagen S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A4 Allroad has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Golf SportWagen S. The Golf SportWagen’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The A4 Allroad has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Golf SportWagen’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Golf SportWagen’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4 Allroad’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the Golf SportWagen (110.9 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A4 Allroad is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf SportWagen.

The A4 Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Golf SportWagen SE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The A4 Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Golf SportWagen S (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The A4 Allroad has .1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf SportWagen.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the A4 Allroad. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The A4 Allroad has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf SportWagen has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the A4 Allroad, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The A4 Allroad’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Golf SportWagen has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

If the windows are left open on the A4 Allroad 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 Golf SportWagen can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Golf SportWagen 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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the A4 Allroad with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Golf SportWagen’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The A4 Allroad offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf SportWagen offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The A4 Allroad has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Golf SportWagen 4Motion/SE. 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 Golf SportWagen.

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 Golf SportWagen 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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The A4 Allroad’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The A4 Allroad’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The A4 Allroad (except Premium)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Golf SportWagen’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The A4 Allroad Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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