2020 Audi A5 Sportback vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon

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Safety

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The A5 Sportback’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Avalon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The A5 Sportback has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the A5 Sportback and the Avalon 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, 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 lane departure warning systems, 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 Audi A5 Sportback is safer than the Toyota Avalon:

A5 Sportback

Avalon

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

35%

Leg Forces (l/r)

431/395 lbs.

499/567 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

236

302

Neck Injury Risk

25%

25%

Neck Stress

119 lbs.

180 lbs.

Neck Compression

47 lbs.

64 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

324/341 lbs.

447/453 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 Audi A5 Sportback is safer than the Toyota Avalon:

A5 Sportback

Avalon

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

308 lbs.

318 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

Hip Force

666 lbs.

719 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The A5 Sportback comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Avalon’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The A5 Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Avalon’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Audi A5 Sportback’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Avalon’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The battery on the A5 Sportback is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the A5 Sportback’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Avalon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 267) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A5 Sportback is faster than the Toyota Avalon:

A5 Sportback

Avalon

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.5 sec

15.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

98 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A5 Sportback’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 Avalon doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The A5 Sportback 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 Avalon doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A5 Sportback’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 Avalon doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A5 Sportback’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:

A5 Sportback

Avalon

Avalon TRD

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.7 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11 inches

11.1 inches

The A5 Sportback’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Avalon are solid, not vented.

The A5 Sportback stops much shorter than the Avalon:

A5 Sportback

Avalon

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the Avalon (245/40R18 vs. 215/55R17). The A5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (255/35R19 vs. 235/40R19).

The A5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon XLE’s standard 55 series tires. The A5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Avalon XSE/TRD/Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A5 Sportback has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE.

Suspension and Handling

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The A5 Sportback Prestige handles at .94 G’s, while the Avalon Touring pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The A5 Sportback is 8.6 inches shorter than the Avalon, making the A5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 A5 Sportback. The Avalon doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the A5 Sportback 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 Avalon doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A5 Sportback is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Avalon. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The A5 Sportback’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 Avalon’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The A5 Sportback’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 Avalon’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Avalon doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A5 Sportback Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Avalon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The A5 Sportback 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 Avalon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Audi A5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Toyota Avalon isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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