2020 Buick Regal TourX vs. 2020 Audi A4 Allroad

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Safety

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Both the Regal TourX 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, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal TourX 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 Regal TourX’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 Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 2 more horsepower (250 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 Regal TourX has a gallon more fuel capacity than the A4 Allroad (16.3 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Regal TourX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Regal TourX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4 Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Regal TourX stops shorter than the A4 Allroad:

Regal TourX

A4 Allroad

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Regal TourX is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the A4 Allroad.

The Regal TourX Essence handles at .88 G’s, while the A4 Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Regal TourX 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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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Regal TourX a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the A4 Allroad is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Regal TourX has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 Allroad (99 vs. 92).

The Regal TourX has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4 Allroad.

Cargo Capacity

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The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the A4 Allroad with its rear seat up (32.7 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Regal TourX has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the A4 Allroad with its rear seat folded (73.5 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Regal TourX (except Base) offers a 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 Regal TourX Essence’s optional 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.

The Regal TourX’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 A4 Allroad does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Regal TourX 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.

Model Availability

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The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi A4 Allroad isn’t available as a four door.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Regal TourX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Regal TourX will cost $880 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 Regal TourX will be $11597 to $12791 less than for the Audi A4 Allroad.

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