2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2019 Audi A7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The G90’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G90 and the A7 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G90 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The G90 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The A7’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A7.

There are over 16 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G90’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G90 first among large premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The A7 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The G90 3.3T’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The G90 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 85 more horsepower (420 vs. 335) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The A7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G90 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 (21.9 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G90, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A7.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G90’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

 

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

A7

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the G90 has larger rear tires than the A7 (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R19). The G90’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the A7 (275/40R19 vs. 255/40R20).

The G90’s 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A7’s standard 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 9.2 inches longer than on the A7 (124.4 inches vs. 115.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The G90 has 4.1 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the G90 5.0’s rear seats recline. The A7’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G90 offers cargo security. The A7’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

The G90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the A7, the G90 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 G90 has standard front air-conditioned seats and the G90 5.0 also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The G90 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the A7.

Model Availability

The G90 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G90, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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