2020 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2020 Audi A5 Sportback

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Safety

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Both the GTI and the A5 Sportback 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Volkswagen GTI is safer than the Audi A5 Sportback:

GTI

A5 Sportback

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

55 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

108/102 lbs.

431/395 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

220

236

Chest Compression

.4 inches

1 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

305/150 lbs.

324/341 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Volkswagen GTI is safer than the Audi A5 Sportback:

GTI

A5 Sportback

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

247

333

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GTI the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A5 Sportback has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the GTI for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A5 Sportback.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GTI’s warranty.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen GTI higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi A5 Sportback (3). This means the GTI produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A5 Sportback every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The GTI stops shorter than the A5 Sportback:

GTI

A5 Sportback

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The GTI has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the A5 Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The GTI SE handles at .95 G’s, while the A5 Sportback Prestige pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GTI’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the A5 Sportback’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volkswagen GTI may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Audi A5 Sportback.

The GTI is 1 foot, 7.3 inches shorter than the A5 Sportback, making the GTI easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The GTI has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the A5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

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The GTI has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the A5 Sportback with its rear seat up (22.8 vs. 21.8 cubic feet). The GTI has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the A5 Sportback with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 35 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GTI has a standard rear wiper. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GTI SE/Autobahn has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights. The GTI SE/Autobahn also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the GTI owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GTI will cost $1360 to $4735 less than the A5 Sportback over a five-year period.

The GTI will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GTI will retain 45.13% to 46.99% of its original price after five years, while the A5 Sportback only retains 38.21% to 38.31%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen GTI will be $19759 to $19940 less than for the Audi A5 Sportback.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen GTI, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The GTI was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 14 of the last 14 years. The A5 Sportback has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the GTI as their 2015 Car of the Year. The A5 Sportback has never been chosen.

The GTI was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 13 years. The A5 Sportback has never been an “All Star.”

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Audi A5/S5 by 62% during 2019.

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