Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2016 Audi A4 Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2016 Audi A4

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The A4 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Altima Sedan SV/SL’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The A4 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL has standard Front and Rear Sonar Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The A4 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Altima Sedan SV/SL’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The A4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and blind spot warning systems.

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 A4:

 

Altima Sedan

A4

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

28%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

128/269 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the A4:

 

Altima Sedan

A4

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

19 cm

31 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

.4/0 kN

8.57/1.22 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

53%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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 A4:

 

Altima Sedan

A4

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

71 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

790 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

20 inches

HIC

197

318

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

50 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 A4 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Altima Sedan 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 Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The A4 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 A4’s 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 A4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Altima Sedan has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 (18 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the A4:

 

Altima Sedan

A4

 

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

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 A4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima Sedan is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the A4 2.0T Quattro pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 2.0T Quattro (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the A4’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SR/SL/3.5’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the A4’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Audi A4.

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 A4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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 A4 is rated a Compact.

The Altima Sedan has 10.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (101.9 vs. 91).

The Altima Sedan has 2 inches more front headroom, 3.7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the A4 with its rear seat up (15.4 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

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 A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the front windows are left down on the Altima Sedan the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 A4’s available Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) has standard extendable sun visors. The A4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 A4 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Altima Sedan SL offers an optional Intelligent 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 A4 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard NissanConnect for the Altima Sedan (not available 2.5 Base) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The A4 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 A4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost ten to one during the 2016 model year.

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