2020 Audi A7 vs. 2020 Genesis G90

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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 Genesis G90 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the A7 and G90 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 G90’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 G90 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 G90.

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 G90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A7 and the G90 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The A7’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G90’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 third among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The G90 isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Genesis vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 5 places higher in reliability than Genesis.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A7 is faster than the Genesis G90:

A7

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.3 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

14 sec

12.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

100 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A7 SMG gets better fuel mileage than the G90 3.3T with its standard engine AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the A7 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the G90 3.3T AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the A7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 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 G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 G90 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling 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 Genesis G90 (3 to 5). This means the A7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G90 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 G90 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 G90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The A7 stops much shorter than the G90:

A7

G90

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G90 (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R19).

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 G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The G90’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The A7 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the G90 5.0 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The A7 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (26 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the G90’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Audi A7 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The A7 is 9.3 inches shorter than the G90, making the A7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The A7’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

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The A7 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The G90 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 G90 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the A7 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A7 will cost $1210 less than the G90 over a five-year period.

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 G90 only retains 32.66% to 33.07%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A7 will be $4289 to $4792 less than for the Genesis G90.

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 G90 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Audi A7/S7/RS 7 outsold the Genesis G90 by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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