A5

4 Series

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A5 has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Convertible (245/40R18 vs. 225/45R18). The A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Convertible (255/35R19 vs. 225/40R19).

The A5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4 Series Convertible’s standard 45 series tires. The A5’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 4 Series Convertible’s optional 40 series front tires.

The A5 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 4 Series Convertible; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A5 is 1.7 inches wider in the front than on the 4 Series Convertible.

Chassis

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The Audi A5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the A5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The A5’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 4 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the A5 offers cargo security. The 4 Series Convertible’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The A5’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 4 Series Convertible has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A5 Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the A5 and the 4 Series Convertible offer optional heated front seats. The A5 Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 4 Series Convertible.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the A5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A5 will cost $245 to $4395 less than the 4 Series Convertible over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A5 is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Convertible because typical repairs cost much less on the A5 than the 4 Series Convertible, including $38 less for a water pump, $105 less for a muffler, $26 less for front brake pads, $144 less for fuel injection, $117 less for front struts, $491 less for a timing belt/chain and $261 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A5 will be $4824 to $8720 less than for the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

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