Subaru vs. Audi

2024 Subaru Forester Driving on Road





On almost all models

Standard All-Wheel Drive

On almost all models

Symmetrical AWD

Brand All-Wheel Drive 

Quattro AWD

Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

Brand Safety System

Available Audi pre sense® systems


Number of Models That Are IIHS 2023 Award Winners


Small cars, midsize cars, small SUVs, and midsize SUVs

IIHS 2023 Award Winners Vehicle Size

Midsize luxury SUVs & large SUVs

Around $23K to $45K

Lineup Price Range (of Starting Costs)

Around $36K to $147K


When car shoppers see a high price tag, they might immediately think that vehicle is luxurious. However, did you know that a car’s price tag doesn’t determine if a vehicle is luxury or not? Luxury means you’re getting everything you want and more. That’s why in the following Subaru vs. Audi guide from Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru, you will see that you can unlock Subaru luxury without creating a dent in your wallet or going into massive debt. Let’s take a closer look at Audi vs. Subaru AWD (all-wheel drive) systems and how these brands compare in terms of safety technology and ratings. 

Audi vs. Subaru AWD

You live in Nyack, so better traction and control on the roads is a must, especially in the winter. Luckily, almost all vehicles from both Subaru and Audi come with AWD standard. While you don’t have to upgrade to enjoy the brand’s exclusive AWD system, you will pay significantly less for a new Subaru vehicle than an Audi one and still get improved handling on your drives. 

Not to mention, Subaru’s most affordable model, the Impreza, has AWD standard, whereas Audi’s most affordable model, the A3, does not– it comes with front-wheel drive instead. If you’d like to opt for available AWD in the A3 though, you’re looking at an extra $2,000. 

Learn a bit more about the Audi vs. Subaru AWD systems below.

Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

  • Standard on all models, except BRZ.
  • Optimize traction in rain, snow, on bad roads, or even when you’re off the road. Perfect for all four seasons in NY.
  • Provides an engaged, responsive drive, so you can enjoy optimal performance and control.

Audi’s quattro® All-Wheel Drive

  • Standard on almost all models, except ones like the A3.
  • Quattro® system tweaked to different models.
  • Combines driving dynamics with improved traction and efficiency.

Subaru vs. Audi Safety 

After going over the Audi vs. Subaru AWD details, what’s next? Whether you’re a solo commuter or you’re shopping for a family vehicle, you’ll want a model that’s designed to keep you safe and sound on the roads of Nanuet. Both brands have earned remarkable recognition on safety ratings, especially from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)’s 2023 Top Safety Pick evaluations. 

When examining the Audi vs. Subaru IIHS 2023 award winners, you’ll find that while both brands have almost identical numbers of models winning, the Audi winners are either midsize or large SUVs. On the other hand, the Subaru winners are more even across various sizes: small cars, midsize cars, small SUVs, and midsize SUVs. This means…

  • If you’re specifically interested in a car near Montvale, then you may want to stray away from Audi cars as none of the Audi car models won, even when compared among ‘luxury’ models. 
  • What’s more, this shows that you can expect Subaru luxury more evenly across the lineup and trust that you’re getting into a well-designed vehicle that’ll give you peace of mind when you’re out and about. 

We’ve listed the Audi vs. Subaru IIHS 2023 award winners below. 

IIHS 2023 Award Winners – Subaru Models 

  • 2024 Subaru Crosstrek four-door wagon – Top Safety Pick
  • 2024 Subaru Impreza four-door wagon – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2023-24 Subaru Legacy four-door sedan – Top Safety Pick
  • 2023-24 Subaru Outback four-door wagon – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2023-24 Subaru Forester four-door wagon – Top Safety Pick
  • 2023 Subaru Solterra four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2023-24 Subaru Ascent four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+

IIHS 2023 Award Winners – Audi Models 

  • 2023-24 Audi Q4 e-tron four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2023-24 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2023-24 Audi Q5 four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick
  • 2023-24 Audi Q5 Sportback four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick
  • 2023-24 Audi Q5 Q7 four-door SUV (vehicles built after January 2023) – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2023 Audi Q8 four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+
  • 2024 Audi Q8 Sportback four-door SUV – Top Safety Pick+

Subaru as a brand and individual Subaru models have earned other awards and accolades for safety, customer satisfaction, durability, and more! 

Go for a Subaru and Unlock Luxury, Safety & Reliability at an Affordable Price

Experience Subaru luxury at an accessible price point when you lease or finance a vehicle from Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru! While Subaru vehicles tend to be drastically more affordable than Audi models, you can enjoy an even sweeter deal when you trade in your current ride and take advantage of our monthly specials. Choose Subaru, and you will have luxury, safety, and reliability at an affordable price point!

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