2020 Audi S5 vs. 2020 Lexus LC Series

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Safety

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The S5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The LC Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The S5’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The LC Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The S5 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The LC Series doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The S5 Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The LC Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the S5 and the LC Series 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, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

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 S5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The LC Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the LC Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 26 percent more Audi dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the S5’s warranty.

Engine

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The S5’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 369 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. ) than the LC 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi S5 is faster than the Lexus LC Series:

S5

LC 500h

LC 500

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

2 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

n/a

Zero to 100 MPH

10.9 sec

12.6 sec

10.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

n/a

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

n/a

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.6 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

103 MPH

112 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi S5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The LC Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Drivetrain

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All-wheel drive, available in the S5, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all-wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Lexus LC Series is not available with all-wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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The S5 stops much shorter than the LC Series:

S5

LC Series

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

165 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LC Series (265/30R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The S5’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 LC Series’ standard 45 series front tires. The S5’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the LC Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

The S5 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 LC Series; 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.

Chassis

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The Audi S5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Lexus LC Series.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the S5 Prestige Coupe is quieter than the LC 500h:

S5

LC Series

At idle

39 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

83 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The S5 Coupe has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.9 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The S5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (10.9 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).

The S5’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The LC Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S5’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The LC Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The LC Series 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 S5 Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The LC Series 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 S5 has standard extendable sun visors. The LC Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the S5 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 LC Series’ mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The S5 has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the LC Series.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the S5 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The LC Series doesn’t offer rear vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi S5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The LC Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The S5 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 LC Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Audi S5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Lexus LC Series isn’t available as a convertible or four door.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi S5 will be $16284 to $26857 less than for the Lexus LC Series.

Recommendations

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The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the Lexus LC Series by almost 19 to one during 2019.

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