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Regenerative brakes improve the A5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Camaro doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A5’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 Camaro doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A5 higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the A5 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.
The Audi A5 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Camaro.
The A5 offers a standard 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 Camaro doesn’t offer an SMG.
All wheel drive, available in the A5, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Chevrolet Camaro is not available with all wheel drive.
For better stopping power the A5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Camaro:
The A5 stops shorter than the Camaro:
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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 Camaro’s standard 50 series 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 Camaro; 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. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.
For better maneuverability, the A5’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The A5’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
The A5 is 4.3 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the A5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The A5 is 6.2 inches shorter than the Camaro ZL1.
For excellent aerodynamics, the A5 has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The A5 Coupe has .5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.
The A5 Convertible has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the Camaro Convertible.
The A5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (11.6 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).
The A5’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible/ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the A5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The A5’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’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 Camaro’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the A5’s available trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Camaro doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 12% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.
The A5’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Camaro’s standard power windows.
The A5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Camaro’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the A5 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The A5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
The A5’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 Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Camaro doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the A5 Prestige detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The A5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.
Both the A5 and the Camaro offer available 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 Camaro.
The A5 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 costs extra on the Camaro.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the A5 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the A5 Prestige has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The A5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camaro doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Audi A5 comes in coupe, convertible and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Chevrolet Camaro isn’t available as a four-door.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A5 is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $282 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the A5 than the Camaro, including $86 less for a muffler, $82 less for front brake pads, $30 less for fuel injection, $110 less for a fuel pump and $44 less for a power steering pump.
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