2019 Audi A7 vs. 2019 Maserati Quattroporte

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 Quattroporte 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 Quattroporte 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 Quattroporte.

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 Quattroporte doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The A7 has standard Audi Connect Care, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the A7 and the Quattroporte have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The A7’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Quattroporte’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Audi dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A7’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the A7 gets better fuel mileage than the Quattroporte S Q4 (22 city/29 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the A7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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

Transmission

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 Quattroporte doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Quattroporte (255/40R20 vs. 245/40R20).

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Quattroporte’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The A7 is 11.6 inches shorter than the Quattroporte, 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 Quattroporte (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A7 get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The A7 has a much larger trunk than the Quattroporte (24.9 vs. 18.7 cubic feet).

The A7’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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 Quattroporte 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 A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

The Audi A7/S7/RS 7 outsold the Maserati Quattroporte by almost three to one during 2017.

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