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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Passport deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Passport’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Allroad’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Both the Passport and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Passport the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Allroad was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Passport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the 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 Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Passport’s warranty.
The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Allroad has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 2 places higher in reliability than Audi.
The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (280 vs. 248) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Allroad doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Passport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Allroad requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Passport has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (19.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Passport 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Passport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.
For better traction, the Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Allroad (265/45R20 vs. 245/45R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Allroad.
The Passport 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 Allroad doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 4.7 inches wider in the front and 5.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Allroad.
For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (8.1 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Passport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Passport has 23.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (115.9 vs. 92).
The Passport has 1 inch more front headroom, 6.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 7.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Passport’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Passport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Allroad is limited to 3968 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Passport 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Passport Touring/Elite’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 Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
If the windows are left open on the Passport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Passport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Passport’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Allroad’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”
When the Passport EX-L/Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Passport Touring/Elite has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Passport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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