2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI vs. 2020 Audi S5 Sportback

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Jetta GLI has a standard backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Jetta GLI and the S5 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Jetta GLI 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 S5 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 Jetta GLI’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Jetta GLI’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the S5 Sportback’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Jetta GLI Auto gets better fuel mileage than the S5 Sportback (25 city/32 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Jetta GLI higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi S5 Sportback (5). This means the Jetta GLI produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the S5 Sportback every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Jetta GLI offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Jetta GLI offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer an SMG.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Jetta GLI’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the S5 Sportback’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Volkswagen Jetta GLI may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Audi S5 Sportback.

Passenger Space

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The Jetta GLI has .8 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the S5 Sportback.

Ergonomics

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The Jetta GLI Autobahn Auto 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Jetta GLI’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 Sportback’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Recommendations

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The Jetta GLI was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2020. The S5 Sportback has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Volkswagen Jetta outsold the Audi A5/S5/RS 5 by over four to one during 2019.

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