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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S6 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 Chrysler 300 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The S6’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 300 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the S6 and 300 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S6 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 300’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.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S6. But it costs extra on the 300.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the S6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The 300 doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The S6 has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 300 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 S6 and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The S6 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 300’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The S6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the 300’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the S6 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.
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 Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler 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 Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 17 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.
The S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 152 more horsepower (444 vs. 292) and 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 260) than the 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 144 more horsepower (444 vs. 300) and 179 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 264) than the 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 81 more horsepower (444 vs. 363) and 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 394) than the 300’s optional 5.7 V8.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi S6 higher (5 out of 10) than the Chrysler 300 (3). This means the S6 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 300 every 15,000 miles.
The S6 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 300 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For better stopping power the S6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 300:
The S6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the 300 are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the S6 has larger tires than the 300 (255/40R20 vs. 215/65R17). The S6’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 300 (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R20).
The S6’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 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The S6’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300 Touring. The S6’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 300.
The front and rear suspension of the S6 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 300, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The S6 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 300’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The S6 is 3.6 inches shorter than the 300, making the S6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the S6 easier. The S6’s trunk lift-over height is 27 inches, while the 300’s liftover is 30.1 inches.
With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S6 offers cargo security. The 300’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S6’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The S6 also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The 300 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chrysler. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 52% lower rating, Chrysler is ranked 26th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the 300 (except Touring/Touring L), the S6 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The S6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the 300, and is not available on all models.
The S6’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 300 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The S6 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 300 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The S6’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 300’s parking brake has to released manually.
The S6’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 300’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the S6 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 300 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The S6’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 300’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
The S6’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 300’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S6 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 300 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The S6 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the 300.
The S6 Prestige offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the 300.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi S6 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the 300.
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