Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Audi A3 Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Audi A3

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A3 Sedan 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 Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Altima Sedan as “Superior.” The A3 Sedan scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Altima Sedan and the A3 Sedan 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, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Audi A3 Sedan:

 

Altima Sedan

A3 Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

45%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

427 lbs.

Neck Compression

59 lbs.

143 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

461/426 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Audi A3 Sedan:

 

Altima Sedan

A3 Sedan

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

277

Hip Force

677 lbs.

777 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

333

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A3 Sedan was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Altima Sedan 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Altima Sedan has a standard 550-amp battery. The A3 Sedan’s 320-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The A3 Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (270 vs. 220) than the A3 Sedan 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A3 Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Altima Sedan has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Sedan FWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Altima Sedan has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Sedan Quattro’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima Sedan’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the A3 Sedan (109.3 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima Sedan is 1 inch wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A3 Sedan.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Altima Sedan 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the A3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Altima Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the A3 Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Altima Sedan has 15.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A3 Sedan (101.9 vs. 86).

The Altima Sedan has 3.5 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the A3 Sedan (15.4 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The A3 Sedan’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi A3 Sedan’s available Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Altima Sedan’s optional (except Base/S/SR) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The A3 Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the A3 Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the A3 Sedan, including $358 less for a water pump, $233 less for an alternator, $42 less for front brake pads, $35 less for a starter, $365 less for front struts, $88 less for a timing belt/chain and $161 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The A3 Sedan was rated third in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Audi A3/S3 by over nine to one during the 2016 model year.

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