Son's Automotive Group Compares 2012 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2012 Audi A5 Near Braselton, GA

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro

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2012 Audi A5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi A5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Camaro has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A5 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 Camaro and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Camaro’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The A5’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the A5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Camaro has a standard 150-amp alternator. The A5’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Chevrolet Camaro V6’s reliability will be 47% better than the A5 and the Chevrolet Camaro V8 will be 53% better than the A5.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in their 2011 Initial Quality Study. The A5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 18th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 16th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 112 more horsepower (323 vs. 211) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro SS Automatic’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 189 more horsepower (400 vs. 211) and 152 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro SS Manual’s standard 6.2 LS2 V8 produces 215 more horsepower (426 vs. 211) and 162 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 369 more horsepower (580 vs. 211) and 298 lbs.-ft. more torque (556 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Road & Track the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6 is faster than the Audi A5 (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.6 sec

16.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.4 MPH

95.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6 is faster than the Audi A5 (automatics tested):

Camaro

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.3 MPH

90.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro SS Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The A5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro Convertible’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 Quattro’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 17.7 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1 Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro ZL1 Coupe

A5

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

The Camaro’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A5 are solid, not vented.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the A5:

Camaro

A5

80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A5 (F:285/35R20 & R:305/35R20 vs. 255/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 21-inch wheels. The A5’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is longer than on the A5:

Camaro

A5

Coupe

112.3 inches

108.1 inches

Convertible

112.3 inches

108.3 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A5.

The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .90 G’s, while the A5 Cabriolet Quattro pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the A5 Cabriolet Quattro (25.3 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the A5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact. The Camaro Convertible is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the A5 Cabriolet is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Coupe (93 vs. 84). The Camaro Convertible has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Cabriolet (93 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.1 inches more front legroom and 2.6 inches more front shoulder room than the A5 Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 1.1 inches more front legroom and 2.6 inches more front shoulder room than the A5 Cabriolet.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro Automatic offers a 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 A5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The A5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro LT/SS offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The A5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “3” insurance rate while the A5 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the A5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the A5, including $171 less for a water pump, $311 less for a starter, $17 less for fuel injection, $46 less for front struts, $691 less for a timing belt/chain and $58 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $57 to $6957 less than for the Audi A5.

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