2019 Audi A6 vs. 2018 Porsche Panamera

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The A6’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A6. But it costs extra on the Panamera.

To help make backing safer, the A6’s optional 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 Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the A6 and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

There are over 59 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A6’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 4 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Engine

The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 5 more horsepower (335 vs. 330) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 331) than the Panamera’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the A6 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine (22 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy). The A6 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera 4 with its standard 3.0 twin turbo V6 (22 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Panamera requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The A6 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (36.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The A6’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Panamera Executive’s (36.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The A6 is 4.4 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The A6 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

Ergonomics

The A6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Panamera.

The A6 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Porsche Panamera by 26% during the 2018 model year.

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