2020 Dodge Journey vs. 2020 Audi A4 Allroad

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi A4 Allroad has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Audi doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the A4 Allroad. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Both the Journey and the A4 Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Journey 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4 Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The A4 Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Journey has a standard 525-amp battery. The A4 Allroad’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 Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 6 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Journey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A4 Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 Allroad (20.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Dodge Journey as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi A4 Allroad is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the A4 Allroad (113.8 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Journey has standard seating for 7 passengers; the A4 Allroad can only carry 5.

The Journey has 29.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 Allroad (121.7 vs. 92).

The Journey has 3.4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4 Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Journey’s middle and third row seats recline. The A4 Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the A4 Allroad.

Journey

A4 Allroad

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

24.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

58.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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The Journey Crossroad 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 Journey’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.

The Journey GT 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $1050 to $2280 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 Dodge Journey will be $12414 to $18427 less than for the Audi A4 Allroad.

Recommendations

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The Dodge Journey outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost three to one during 2019.

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