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The A7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Rapide doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi A7 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The A7 has standard Pre Sense Front, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Rapide doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The A7 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 Rapide 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.
The A7 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Audi A7 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Rapide doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A7 Prestige 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 Rapide doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The A7’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Rapide doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The A7 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Rapide only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The A7’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the A7’s optional 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 Rapide doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The A7 has standard Audi Connect Care, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rapide 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 A7 and the Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rapide has not been tested, yet.
The A7 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rapide’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
The A7’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rapide’s (12 vs. 10 years).
There are over 8 times as many Audi dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A7’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 third among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rapide isn’t in the top three in its category.
Regenerative brakes improve the A7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Rapide doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A7’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 Rapide doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A7 higher (5 out of 10) than the Aston Martin Rapide (3). This means the A7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Rapide every 15,000 miles.
The A7 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Rapide doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The A7’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Rapide doesn’t offer launch control.
For better traction, the A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rapide (255/40R20 vs. 245/40R20).
The A7 Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rapide’s 40 series front tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Rapide’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The A7 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Rapide; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 2.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the Rapide.
For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Rapide’s (36.4 feet vs. 41 feet).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the A7 a Mid-size car, while the Rapide is rated a Subcompact.
The A7 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Rapide can only carry 4.
The A7 has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rapide (95 vs. 83).
The A7 has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 6.9 inches more rear legroom and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rapide.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A7’s rear seats recline. The Rapide’s rear seats don’t recline.
The A7 has a much larger trunk than the Rapide with its rear seat up (24.9 vs. 13.9 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the A7. The Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A7’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Rapide doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The A7 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rapide has no towing capacity.
A Service Interval Display is standard on the A7 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Aston Martin doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Rapide.
The A7’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rapide doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The A7 Prestige has a standard 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 Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
Audi Advanced Key standard on the A7 allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A7 Premium Plus/Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Rapide doesn’t offer headlight washers.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the A7 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the A7 Premium Plus/Prestige has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rapide doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Rapide doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The A7’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Rapide’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the A7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Rapide doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The A7’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold winter days, the A7’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The A7 Premium Plus/Prestige offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Rapide.
The A7’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the A7 (except Premium) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the A7 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A7 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Rapide doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 first among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rapide isn’t in the top three.
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