2019 Audi A8 vs. 2019 Infiniti Q70

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The A8 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 Q70 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 A8. But it costs extra on the Q70.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A8 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 Q70 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A8 and the Q70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi A8 weighs 423 to 875 pounds more than the Infiniti Q70. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The A8’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Q70’s (12 vs. 7 years).

There are over 42 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the A8’s warranty.

Engine

The A8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 5 more horsepower (335 vs. 330) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 270) than the Q70 3.7 LUXE’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the A8 V6T gets better fuel mileage than the Q70 3.7 AWD (19 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy). The A8 V6T gets better fuel mileage than the Q70 5.6 AWD (19 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the A8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q70 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A8’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 Q70 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A8 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Q70 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The A8 has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q70 (21.7 vs. 20 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi A8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q70.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the A8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q70:

 

A8

Q70

Q70 Sport

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the A8 has larger tires than the Q70 (255/45R19 vs. 245/40R20).

The A8’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q70’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A8 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q70.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the A8 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Q70, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The A8 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Infiniti doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Q70.

The A8 has a standard 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 Q70’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The A8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The A8’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q70 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A8’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the Q70 (123.1 inches vs. 114.2 inches). The A8’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Q70L (123.1 inches vs. 120.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A8 is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q70.

Passenger Space

The A8 has .7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 8.1 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q70.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A8’s available rear seats recline. The Q70’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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 A8’s power trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The A8’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Q70 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Q70, the A8 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The A8 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q70 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the A8 and the Q70 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the A8 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Q70 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The A8’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 Q70’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A8 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q70 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the A8 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q70 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the A8’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Q70 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Standard smartphone integration for the A8 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q70 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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