2018 Genesis G80 vs. 2018 Audi A7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the G80’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 A7 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The G80’s 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 A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G80 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The G80 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The A7’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G80 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G80 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A7.

There are over 20 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G80’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the G80’s reliability 15 points higher than the A7.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine

The G80 3.3T Sport’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (365 vs. 340) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The G80 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 80 more horsepower (420 vs. 340) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G80 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on G80 3.3T Sport for maximum performance). The A7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G80 3.3T Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

 

G80 3.3T Sport

A7

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14 inches

Suspension and Handling

The G80 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The A7’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the A7 (118.5 inches vs. 114.7 inches).

The G80 5.0 handles at .86 G’s, while the A7 Premium Plus pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the A7’s (36.2 feet vs. 39 feet). The G80’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the A7’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

The G80 has 13.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (107.7 vs. 94).

The G80 has 4.2 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G80 offers cargo security. The A7’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

The G80 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 A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the G80 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

The G80 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the G80 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the G80 will cost $1175 to $6050 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Genesis G80 will be $16984 to $28484 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the G80 as the 2009 North American Car of the Year. The A7 has never been chosen.

The Genesis G80 outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by over three to one during 2017.

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