2016 Subaru Outback vs 2016 Audi A4 Allroad
Subaru Press Release Highlights
The new 2015 Subaru Outback’s design features crisper, more sculpted lines that convey both its all-road capability and its added refinement. The 175-horsepower 4-cylinder Outback 2.5i is available in Standard, Premium and Limited trim lines, accompanied by the top-of-line 6-cylinder 3.6R Limited with 256 horsepower. All trim lines add more standard amenities, conveniences and new infotainment systems.
All Outback models come standard with the Lineartronic ® CVT (continuously variable transmission), which features paddle-shift control switches and helps boost fuel economy significantly. The Outback 2.5i achieves manufacturer-estimated ratings of 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined, up from 24/30/26 in the 2014 model. A new Active Grille Shutter system on the Outback 2.5i and Electric Power-Assisted Steering and improved 2015 Subaru Outback / 2 aerodynamics on all models also contribute to the increased efficiency.
Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, enhances agility. Newly standard X-Mode, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist augment standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to assist the driver in navigating rough roads, slippery surfaces or steep inclines. The Outback continues with 8.7-in. ground clearance, which is higher than for some SUVs, yet with low step-in height for comfort.
The Outback adds new front seat-cushion airbags that help to keep occupants in place in a frontal collision, and all trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera. The new Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System, which is standard on Limited trims and available for the 2.5i Premium, includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Outback offers the latest version of the EyeSight ® driver-assist system, the highest-rated front crash prevention system by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). EyeSight uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology and integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning systems.
Subaru significantly upgraded infotainment capability in the Outback, with all available systems featuring Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration and apps. An upgrade system adds a 7-inch touch screen display with swipe and scrolling gesture 2015 Subaru Outback / 3 control, voice-activated controls, SiriusXM ® satellite radio and iTunes ® tagging capability.
A new high-end audio system that’s standard for Limited trims combines an AM/FM/HD Radio system with a harman/kardon ® 576-Watt-equivalent amplifier and 12 harman/kardon speakers. The available navigation system’s interactive voice command system accepts natural language and phrases, and this functionality can also operate the dual-zone automatic climate control system.
Audi Press Release Highlights
High-end options such as the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus with the new MMI operating concept underline the level of comfort and convenience offered by the new Audi A4 allroad quattro. The diverse Audi connect services link the driver and passengers with the Internet via the high-speed LTE standard. There is also a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. Particular highlights include the predictive efficiency assistant, adaptive cruise control Stop&Go including traffic jam assist and trailer assist that makes it easier to maneuver the outfit.
High range, swift refueling, sporty road performance: The technology study Audi h-tron quattro concept demonstrates the huge potential of fuel cell technology. This model, which Audi is unveiling for the first time, has all-electric drive – using hydrogen as its energy source. It combines state-of-the-art fuel cell technology delivering up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of up to 100 kW.