Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi S5 VS 2018 Infiniti Q60 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Audi S5

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2018 Audi S5

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2018 Infiniti Q60

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S5 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 Infiniti Q60 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S5’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The Q60 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S5. But it costs extra on the Q60.

Both the S5 and the Q60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The S5’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Q60’s (12 vs. 7 years).

There are over 37 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the S5’s warranty.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

The S5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 146 more horsepower (354 vs. 208) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the Q60 2.0t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 54 more horsepower (354 vs. 300) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the Q60 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The S5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 350) than the Q60 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi S5 is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.5 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

150 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the S5 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 3.0t AWD 3.0 twin turbo V6 (300 HP) (21 city/

30 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the S5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60:




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.1 inches

The S5 stops much shorter than the Q60:





70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S5 is 1.2 inches wider in the front than the average track on the Q60.

The S5 Prestige Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The S5 Coupe has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Q60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The S5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (11.6 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

The S5’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Q60’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S5’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q60 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The S5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The S5’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 Q60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Q60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the S5 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Q60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the Infiniti Q60 by 46% during the 2017 model year.

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