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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2001. - 2004.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2002. - 2005.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4547 mm
1766 mm
1428 mm
445 liters
720 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4670 mm
1780 mm
1435 mm
500 liters
500 liters
64 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
3.0 5V
Petrol
6 - V config, 5 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2976 cc
220 hp
300 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mazda / Ford
2.3 L3-VE HP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2261 cc
166 hp
209 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1490 kg
6.9 s
243 km/h
14.9 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
10.5 l/100km
252 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1315 kg
8.9 s
214 km/h
12.2 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
8.9 l/100km
212 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1530 kg
8.7 s
238 km/h
16.0 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
10.8 l/100km
276 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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l/100km
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Expenses

1500 EUR
Price from
800 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Audi and front in the case of the Mazda). The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 30-valves 220hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 166hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a considerable difference of 13% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Mazda as a brand displays somewhat better results, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.5 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A4 15% below average, and 6 33% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 243 kilometers per hour, 29km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 8.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (32 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 18% difference compared to the German car.


Verdict

Mazda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Audi being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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