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Compare Audi A8 D2 facelift [2.5 TDI] vs Audi A8 D3 facelift [2.8 FSI CVT] vs Audi A5 Sportback B8 [1.8 TFSI 160 CVT]

Reviews

Neo score
76%
75%
48%
Pros
  • Arguably the best styling from Audi ever
  • Audi Space Frame
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Incredible W12 engine
  • No electronic gimmicks
  • Superb suspension setup all-around
  • Amazing 4.2 TDI and W12 engines
  • Class-leading interior appointment
  • Good 0.27 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Multi-link suspensions all-around
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
Cons
  • Very nose-heavy
  • Unreliable 5HP24A transmission
  • Very tight engine bay that requires putting the car in
  • Arguably worse styling than pre-facelift
  • Still very nose heavy
  • Unreliable range of FSI engines
  • Use of CVT for FWD
  • Too many electronic gimmicks?
  • Impractical compared to the B8 A4
  • Unreliable drivetrain

Price

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Variants

2.5 TDI
2.5 TDI AT
2.5 TDI quattro AT
2.8
2.8 AT
2.8 quattro
2.8 quattro AT
3.3 TDI AT
3.7 AT
3.7 quattro AT
4.2 quattro AT
6.0 W12 quattro AT
2.8 FSI CVT
3.0 TDI quattro AT LWB
3.0 TDI quattro AT
3.2 FSI CVT
3.2 FSI CVT LWB
3.2 FSI quattro AT
4.2 BiTDI quattro AT LWB
4.2 BiTDI quattro AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT LWB
6.0 W12 quattro AT LWB
1.8 TFSI 160 CVT
2.0 TDI 143
2.0 TDI 143 CVT
2.0 TDI 170
2.0 TDI 170 quattro
2.0 TFSI 180
2.0 TFSI 180 CVT
2.0 TFSI 211
2.0 TFSI 211 CVT
2.0 TFSI 211 quattro
2.0 TFSI 211 quattro DCT
2.7 TDI
2.7 TDI 190 CVT
3.0 TDI quattro
3.0 TDI quattro DCT
3.2 FSI quattro DCT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
525 L / 18.5 cu-ft
500 L / 17.7 cu-ft
480 L / 17.0 cu-ft ~ 980 L / 34.6 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
10.0 L / 10.6 qt
12.0 L / 12.7 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
5.9 L / 6.2 qt
6.2 L / 6.6 qt
4.6 L / 4.9 qt
Fuel Capacity
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
65.0 L / 17.2 gal
Passengers
5
5
4
Payload
600 kg / 1323 lbs
600 kg / 1323 lbs
530 kg / 1168 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Disc
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Suspension | Front
Multi-link
Multi-link
Multi-link
Suspension | Rear
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Multi-link
Tire Size
225/60 R16
235/55 R17
225/50 R17
Turning Circle
12.3 m / 40.3 ft
12.1 m / 39.7 ft
11.5 m / 37.7 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
5-door Hatchback

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
150 mm / 5.9 in
64 mm / 2.5 in
Size | Height
1438 mm / 56.6 in
1444 mm / 56.9 in
1391 mm / 54.8 in
Size | Length
5034 mm / 198.2 in
5062 mm / 199.3 in
4711 mm / 185.5 in
Size | Width
1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)
1894 mm / 74.6 in
1854 mm / 73.0 in
Track Width | Front
1599.0 mm / 63.0 in
1622.0 mm / 63.9 in
1590.0 mm / 62.6 in
Track Width | Rear
1591.0 mm / 62.6 in
1609.0 mm / 63.3 in
1575.0 mm / 62.0 in
Weight
1630.0 kg / 3593.5 lbs
1690.0 kg / 3725.8 lbs
1520.0 kg / 3351.0 lbs
Wheel Size
7J x 16
8J x 17
7.5J x 17
Wheelbase
2882 mm / 113.5 in
2944 mm / 115.9 in
2810 mm / 110.6 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
8.8 sec
8.0 sec
8.9 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
8.4 sec
7.6 sec
8.5 sec
CO2 Emission
193 g/km
199 g/km
169 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.29
0.27
0.29
Fuel Economy
7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 10.3 L/100km / 22.8 MPG (urban) | 5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (highway)
8.3 L/100km / 28.3 MPG (combined) | 11.8 L/100km / 19.9 MPG (urban) | 6.3 L/100km / 37.3 MPG (highway)
7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 9.4 L/100km / 25.0 MPG (urban) | 5.9 L/100km / 39.9 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
227.0 km/h / 141.1 mph
238.0 km/h / 147.9 mph
241.0 km/h / 149.8 mph
Towing Capacity
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1700 kg / 3748 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1500 kg / 3307 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1300 kg / 2866 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 3
Euro 4
Euro 5
Engine
AKE
BDX
CDHB
Engine | Bore
78.3 mm / 3.1 in
84.5 mm / 3.3 in
82.5 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
18.5:1
12.5:1
9.6:1
Engine | Displacement
2.5 L / 152.3 cu-in / 2496.0 cc
2.8 L / 169.2 cu-in / 2773.0 cc
1.8 L / 109.7 cu-in / 1798.0 cc
Engine | Power
180.0 hp / 134.2 kW @ 4000 rpm
210.0 hp / 156.6 kW @ 5500-6800 rpm
160.0 hp / 119.3 kW @ 4500-6200 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
72.1 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
75.7 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
89.0 hp/L / 1.5 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
86.4 mm / 3.4 in
82.4 mm / 3.2 in
84.1 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Torque
370 Nm / 272.9 lb-ft @ 1500-2500 rpm
280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3000-5000 rpm
250 Nm / 184.4 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Engine | Type
Turbocharged diesel V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Naturally-aspirated direct-injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
6-speed
6-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual
Multitronic
Multitronic

Production

Availability
1999 ~ 2002
2008 ~ 2010
2009 ~ 2011
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