2020 Infiniti Q60 vs. 2019 Audi S5

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q60 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The S5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Q60 and the S5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 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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The Q60 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The S5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q60 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Q60 has larger alternators than the S5:

Q60

S5

Standard Alternator

150 amps

110 amps

Optional Alternator

170 amps

150 amps

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Q60 has a standard 600-amp battery. The S5’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 Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 1 place higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The Q60 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 51 more horsepower (400 vs. 349) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Q60 has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (20 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q60 Red Sport 400’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

Q60 Red Sport 400

S5

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q60 has larger standard tires than the S5 (255/40R19 vs. 245/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q60 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S5.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q60 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q60’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the S5 Coupe (112.2 inches vs. 108.8 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Q60’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the S5’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Infiniti Q60 amounts to more than styling. The Q60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the S5 (.29 to .3). A more efficient exterior helps the Q60 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Q60 get better fuel mileage.

The Q60 Luxe/Sport/Red Sport 400 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The S5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Q60 has 1.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Coupe (85.4 vs. 84).

The Q60 has 1.8 inches more front legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 21% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The Q60 (except Pure) 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 S5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Q60’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the S5’s standard power windows.

The Q60’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The S5’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Q60 Red Sport 400 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The S5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

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The Q60 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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