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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 Dodge Charger 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 Charger doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the S6 and Charger 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 Charger’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 Charger.
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 Charger 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 Charger only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the S6 and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 Charger’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 Charger’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the S6 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.
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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 54 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 14 places higher in reliability than Dodge.
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 Charger’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 Charger’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 74 more horsepower (444 vs. 370) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 395) than the Charger R/T’s standard 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 Dodge Charger (3). This means the S6 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Charger 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 Charger 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 Charger:
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 Charger SXT are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the S6 has larger tires than the Charger (255/40R20 vs. 215/65R17).
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 Charger SXT’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Charger SXT. The S6’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Charger R/T.
The front and rear suspension of the S6 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Charger, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The S6 is 3.4 inches shorter than the Charger SXT, 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 Charger’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 Charger’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 Charger 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 Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 53% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Charger, 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 Charger.
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 Charger 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 Charger’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 Charger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 Charger’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 Charger’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 Charger doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the S6 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Charger doesn’t offer cornering lights.
A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the S6 Prestige to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The S6’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge charges extra for heated mirrors on the Charger.
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 Charger.
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 Charger.
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. The Charger doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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