North Georgia Ford Compares 2021 Ford Mustang VS 2021 Audi S5 Near Chatsworth, GA

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2021 Ford Mustang

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2021 Audi S5

Safety Comparison

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The Mustang has a standard blind spot warning system which uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. Only the S5 Premium Plus/Prestige offers a blind spot warning system.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Mustang has a standard cross-path warning system, which uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. Only the S5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang’s optional 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 S5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the S5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The S5 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The S5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

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The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 111 more horsepower (460 vs. 349) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Mustang Mach 1’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 131 more horsepower (480 vs. 349) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The S5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Mustang V8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

Mustang GT

Mustang V8 PP

S5

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

15 inches

13.8 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the S5:

Mustang

S5

70 to 0 MPH

139 feet

150 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Mustang GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (305/30R19 vs. 265/30R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the S5.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.9% to 47.1%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang GT Fastback handles at 1.13 G’s, while the S5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the S5’s (36.5 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The S5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Mustang Convertible uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The S5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Mustang Fastback has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has 3.8 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more front shoulder room than the S5 Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the S5 Coupe (13.5 vs. 10.9 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk than the S5 Cabriolet with its top down (11.4 vs. 7.3 cubic feet). The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk than the S5 Cabriolet with its top up (11.4 vs. 9.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Mustang Auto 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 S5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mustang Premium/Mach 1’s optional 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 S5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The S5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The S5’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Mustang, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Mustang GT/Bullitt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The S5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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