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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Chrysler 300 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
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 300 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 300 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 300.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The 300 doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The A7 offers an optional Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 300 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the A7 and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The A7 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 300’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The A7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the 300’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the A7 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 26th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 31st.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 17 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.
The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 43 more horsepower (335 vs. 292) and 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 260) than the 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 35 more horsepower (335 vs. 300) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 264) than the 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the A7 gets better fuel mileage than the 300 AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy). The A7 gets better fuel mileage than the 300 V8 RWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the A7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 300 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A7’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The 300 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The A7 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 300 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For better stopping power the A7’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 300:
The A7’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the 300 are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the 300 (245/45R19 vs. 215/65R17). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 300 (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R20).
The A7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The A7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 300S/300C/Limited’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300 Touring. The A7 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the 300S/300C/Limited.
The A7 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 300’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the 300.
For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the 300’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).
The A7 is 3 inches shorter than the 300, 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 significantly lower than the 300 (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A7 get better fuel mileage.
The A7 has a much larger trunk than the 300 (24.9 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the A7’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The A7’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The 300 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chrysler. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 83% lower rating, Chrysler is ranked 26th.
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 300, and is not available on all models.
The A7 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 300 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The A7’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 300’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
The A7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 300’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A7 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 300 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
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