Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Audi A4 VS 2017 Volkswagen GTI Near New Bern, NC

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Volkswagen GTI

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen GTI doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A4’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GTI doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The A4 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The GTI doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Audi Pre Sense Front in the A4 as “Superior.” The GTI scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The A4 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GTI doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The A4 Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GTI only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The A4 offers an optional SOS telematic system, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GTI doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the A4 and the GTI have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A4 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GTI is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The A4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The GTI’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (252 vs. 210) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the GTI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (252 vs. 220) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the GTI Sport/SE/Autobahn’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 is faster than the GTI Sport/SE/Autobahn (automatics tested):

 

A4

GTI

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

97.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GTI doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The A4 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GTI (15.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A4’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GTI:

 

A4

GTI

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

10.7 inches

The A4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GTI are solid, not vented.

The A4 stops shorter than the GTI:

 

A4

GTI

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GTI (245/40R18 vs. 225/40R18).

The A4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GTI’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The GTI’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A4 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GTI’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the GTI (111 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A4 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GTI.

The A4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the GTI’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the A4 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Audi A4 amounts to more than styling. The A4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GTI (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A4 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A4 Prestige Quattro is quieter than the GTI Autobahn:

 

A4

GTI

At idle

42 dB

52 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The A4 has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the GTI.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the A4 offers cargo security. The GTI’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A4’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The A4 also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GTI doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

When different drivers share the A4, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The GTI doesn’t offer a memory system.

The A4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GTI doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The A4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GTI S/Sport’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 A4’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the GTI’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GTI doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The A4 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The GTI has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/Autobahn.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the A4 Prestige detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GTI doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 has standard extendable sun visors. The GTI doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The A4 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GTI offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the A4 and the GTI offer available heated front seats. The A4 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GTI.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A4 Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GTI doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the A4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GTI doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The A4 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the GTI Autobahn.

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