2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2020 Audi S5

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Safety

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Both the 370Z 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 370Z has a 150-amp alternator. The S5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 3 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 370Z has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The 370Z offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The S5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 370Z Sport/NISMO’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

370Z Sport/NISMO

S5

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Suspension and Handling

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The 370Z’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.3% to 45.7%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the 370Z more stable handling and braking.

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the S5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the S5’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the S5’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 5.4 inches shorter than the S5, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan 370Z amounts to more than styling. The 370Z has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd (optional .29 Cd with Sport). That is lower than the S5 (.31 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the 370Z go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 370Z get better fuel mileage.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO/50th Anniversary Edition 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 370Z has .8 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more front legroom than the S5 Coupe.

Towing

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The 370Z (except Auto) can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the 370Z can be unhitched and driven around locally. The S5 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The 370Z’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 370Z’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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 370Z owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 370Z will cost $5425 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan 370Z will be $11105 to $20451 less than for the Audi S5.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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