2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback vs. 2019 Porsche Panamera

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The RS 5 Sportback’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the RS 5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the Panamera.

To help make backing safer, the RS 5 Sportback’s 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 RS 5 Sportback 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 lane departure 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 RS 5 Sportback’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 RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 114 more horsepower (444 vs. 330) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 331) than the Panamera’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 4 more horsepower (444 vs. 440) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 405) than the Panamera 4S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the RS 5 Sportback’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Panamera:

 

RS 5 Sportback

Panamera

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.8 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The RS 5 Sportback 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 RS 5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Panamera’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The RS 5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Panamera’s optional 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the RS 5 Sportback’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The RS 5 Sportback’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Panamera Executive’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The RS 5 Sportback is 10.5 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the RS 5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The RS 5 Sportback is 1 foot, 4.4 inches shorter than the Panamera Executive.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

The RS 5 Sportback has a much larger trunk than the Panamera with its rear seat up (21.8 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The RS 5 Sportback offers an optional 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 RS 5 Sportback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Panamera doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The RS 5 Sportback’s optional Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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