2020 Audi A7 vs. 2020 Chrysler 300

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Safety

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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 Chrysler 300 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 300 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the A7 and 300 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 300’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 300 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A7. But it costs extra on the 300.

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 300 doesn’t offer a night vision 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 300 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.

Both the A7 and the 300 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Audi A7 is safer than the 300:

A7

300

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.2/1.3 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.38/.47

1.21/.58

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 available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 300 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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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 300’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The A7’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the 300’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the A7 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the 300.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 17 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine

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The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 43 more horsepower (335 vs. 292) and 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 260) than the 300’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 35 more horsepower (335 vs. 300) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 264) than the 300S’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A7 is faster than the Chrysler 300 V6:

A7

300

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

96 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A7 SMG gets better fuel mileage than the 300 with its standard engine AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the A7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 300 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 300 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A7 higher (5 out of 10) than the Chrysler 300 (3). This means the A7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 300 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 300 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 300 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A7’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 300:

A7

300

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The A7’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the 300 are solid, not vented.

The A7 stops much shorter than the 300:

A7

300

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the 300 (245/45R19 vs. 215/65R17). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 300 (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The A7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 300 Touring’s standard 65 series tires. The A7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 300’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 300 Touring. The A7 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 300.

Suspension and Handling

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The A7 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 300’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the 300.

The A7 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the 300 Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The A7 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the 300 (26 seconds vs. 27.2 seconds).

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the 300’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The A7 is 3 inches shorter than the 300, making the A7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi A7 amounts to more than styling. The A7 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is significantly lower than the 300 (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A7 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A7 Prestige is quieter than the 300S:

A7

300

At idle

38 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

69 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A7’s rear seats recline. The 300’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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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 300 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The A7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the 300’s (3500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chrysler. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 52% lower rating, Chrysler is ranked 26th.

Ergonomics

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The A7’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the 300, and is not available on all models.

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 300 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The A7’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 300’s parking brake has to released manually.

The A7’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 300’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the A7 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 300 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The A7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 300’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The A7’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the 300’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 300 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Recommendations

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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 300 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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