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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
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 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the A7 and 6 Series Gran Turismo have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
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 6 Series Gran Turismo 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.
Both the A7 and the 6 Series Gran Turismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
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 6 Series Gran Turismo has not been tested, yet.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 third among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The 6 Series Gran Turismo isn’t in the top three in its category.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 3 places higher in reliability than BMW.
The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 330) than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.
On the EPA test cycle the A7 SMG gets better fuel mileage than the 6 Series Gran Turismo (22 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).
The A7 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 6 Series Gran Turismo (19.3 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The A7 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A7 higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (3). This means the A7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer launch control.
For better traction, the A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 6 Series Gran Turismo (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The 6 Series Gran Turismo’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 6 Series Gran Turismo; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 1.7 inches wider in the front than on the 6 Series Gran Turismo.
For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s (36.4 feet vs. 41 feet).
The A7 is 5.3 inches shorter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo, making the A7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.
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 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer extendable visors.
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 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The A7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A7 will retain 36.74% to 37.64% of its original price after five years, while the 6 Series Gran Turismo only retains 35.86%.
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 6 Series Gran Turismo isn’t in the top three.
The Audi A7/S7/RS 7 outsold the BMW 6 Series by over four to one during 2019.
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