2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom vs. 2019 Audi A8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Phantom’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 A8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Phantom has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A8 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 Phantom and the A8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom weighs 893 to 1003 pounds more than the Audi A8. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Phantom comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A8’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Phantom for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A8.

Engine

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The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 228 more horsepower (563 vs. 335) and 295 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 369) than the A8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Phantom has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the A8 (23.8 vs. 21.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Phantom’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A8 (285/45R21 vs. 255/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Phantom has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the A8. The Phantom’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the A8.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Phantom can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The A8 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Phantom has 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 A8 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Phantom’s wheelbase is 16.7 inches longer than on the A8 (139.8 inches vs. 123.1 inches). The Phantom EWB’s wheelbase is 25.4 inches longer than on the A8 (148.5 inches vs. 123.1 inches).

Cargo Capacity

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The Phantom has a much larger trunk than the A8 (19 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Phantom to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A8 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Phantom 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 A8.

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