2019 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Audi A7

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The Panamera offers available whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Panamera and the A7 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 crash mitigating brakes, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.


The Panamera 4S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 105 more horsepower (440 vs. 335) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Panamera GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 118 more horsepower (453 vs. 335) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 127 more horsepower (462 vs. 335) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid ’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 345 more horsepower (680 vs. 335) and 257 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6 is faster than the Audi A7:




Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.4 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.9 sec

12.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2 sec

2.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111.3 MPH

102.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the A7 SMG (48 city/51 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The A7 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The A7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 (21.1 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the A7 (23.7 vs. 19.3 gallons).


An eight-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Porsche Panamera, 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 Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:


Panamera Base



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

16.5 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

16.1 inches

13 inches

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The A7 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the A7:





70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the A7 (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 245/45R19). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A7 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/40R20).

The Panamera’s standard 295/40R19 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. The Panamera’s optional 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the A7 Prestige’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Panamera offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The A7 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the A7.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’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 A7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is .9 inches longer than on the A7 (116.1 inches vs. 115.2 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the A7 (122 feet vs. 115.2 inches).

The Panamera 4S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the A7 Prestige pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the A7 Prestige (23.9 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 26 seconds @ .69 average G’s).


The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Audi A7.

The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A7 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Panamera Turbo is quieter than the A7 Prestige (64 vs. 66 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Panamera 4dr Hatchback a Large car, while the A7 is rated a Mid-size.

The Panamera has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (108 vs. 95).

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Audi is ranked third.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the A7, the Panamera offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The A7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The A7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Panamera offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The A7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi A7 isn’t available as a station wagon.

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


The Porsche Panamera outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by over two to one during 2018.

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