2019 Audi A7 vs. 2018 Porsche Panamera

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The A7’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 A7 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 A7. But it costs extra on the Panamera.

To help make backing safer, the A7’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 A7 and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning 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 A7’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 A7’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 A7 gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera:

 

 

 

MPG

A7

 

Quattro

3.0 turbo V6 Hybrid

22 city/29 hwy

Panamera

 

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

21 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

S 2.9 turbo V6

21 city/28 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the A7 gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine (22 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy). The A7 gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine (22 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).

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

The A7 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 Panamera doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A7 higher (5 out of 10) than the Porsche Panamera (3 to 5). This means the A7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Panamera every 15,000 miles.

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 A7 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.

Tires and Wheels

The A7 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Panamera; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (36.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The A7’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Panamera Executive’s (36.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The A7 is 3.2 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the A7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi A7 amounts to more than styling. The A7 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the Panamera (.28 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A7 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A7 Prestige is quieter than the Panamera Turbo:

 

A7

Panamera

At idle

38 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The A7 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

Cargo Capacity

The A7 has a much larger trunk than the Panamera with its rear seat up (24.9 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The A7 has a much larger trunk than the Panamera Sport Turismo with its rear seat up (24.9 vs. 18.3 cubic feet).

Towing

The A7 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The Panamera has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The A7’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 A7 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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.

If the windows are left open on the A7 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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