2020 Buick Envision vs. 2020 Audi A4 Allroad

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Safety

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Both the Envision and the A4 Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4 Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 4 more horsepower (252 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Envision has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 Allroad (17.3 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4 Allroad.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Envision Premium has standard 19-inch wheels. The A4 Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the A4 Allroad’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Envision is 3.8 inches shorter than the A4 Allroad, making the Envision easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Envision has 8.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 Allroad (100.6 vs. 92).

The Envision has 2.6 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4 Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Envision’s rear seats recline. The A4 Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Envision has a much larger cargo volume than the A4 Allroad with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Envision’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Envision can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Envision can be unhitched and driven around locally. The A4 Allroad can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Envision has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Envision Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Envision has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the A4 Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Envision is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Envision owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Envision will cost $500 to $1775 less than the A4 Allroad over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Envision will be $6980 to $13099 less than for the Audi A4 Allroad.

Recommendations

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The Buick Envision outsold the Audi A4/S4 by 26% during 2019.

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