2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Audi A5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The A5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (275 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 207 more horsepower (455 vs. 248) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 402 more horsepower (650 vs. 248) and 377 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Audi A5 (automatics tested):

Camaro

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

100.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The A5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro 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 A5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

Camaro ZL1

A5

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

The Camaro SS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A5 are solid, not vented.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the A5:

Camaro

A5

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A5 (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 255/35R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A5’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Camaro 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 A5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is longer than on the A5:

Camaro

A5

Coupe

110.7 inches

108.8 inches

Convertible

110.7 inches

108.9 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A5.

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at 1.12 G’s, while the A5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.4 seconds quicker than the A5 Prestige Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Audi A5.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the A5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Coupe (93 vs. 84). The Camaro Convertible has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Cabriolet (85 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 2.6 inches more front legroom than the A5 Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 2.6 inches more front legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Cabriolet.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto 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 A5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’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 A5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’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 A5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the A5 is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the A5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the A5, including $289 less for a water pump, $363 less for a starter, $189 less for front struts and $17 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The A5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The A5 has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The A5 has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Audi A5/S5 by almost two to one during 2018.

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