Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Altima VS 2019 Audi A4 Near Warner Robins, GA

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2019 Nissan Altima

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2019 Audi A4

Safety Comparison

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Altima are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The A4 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Altima SV/SL/Platinum has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Altima’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Altima and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Altima 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 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’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Altima has a 120-amp alternator. The A4’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Altima’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (248 vs. 188) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 236) than the A4 40 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the A4 40 TFSI:

 

Altima

A4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.4 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Altima has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the A4 (16.2 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima stops shorter than the A4:

 

Altima

A4

 

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima 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 A4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the A4 (111.2 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Altima Platinum handles at .91 G’s, while the A4 Prestige Quattro pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Altima Platinum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 Premium (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima S’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the A4’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Altima SR/SV/SL/Platinum’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the A4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Audi A4.

The front grille of the Altima uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Altima SL/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima Platinum is quieter than the A4 Prestige Quattro (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Altima a Mid-size car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Altima has 8.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (100.8 vs. 92).

The Altima has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima has a much larger trunk than the A4 (15.4 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima has a standard 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 A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Altima Platinum’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Altima the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Consumer Reports rated the Altima’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the A4’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Altima owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Altima will cost $780 less than the A4 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima will be $10772 to $12486 less than for the Audi A4.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over six to one during 2018.

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