2020 Audi A7 vs. 2020 Lexus GS Series

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Safety

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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 GS Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the A7 and GS Series 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 GS Series’ 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 GS Series 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 GS Series.

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 GS Series 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 GS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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 night vision systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi A7 weighs 441 to 725 pounds more than the Lexus GS Series. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 GS Series has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The A7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the GS Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 26 percent more Audi dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the A7’s warranty.

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 GS Series isn’t in the top three.

Engine

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The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 24 more horsepower (335 vs. 311) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 280) than the GS Series’ 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A7 is faster than the Lexus GS Series:

A7

GS Series

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

13.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

5.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A7 SMG gets better fuel mileage than the GS Series AWD 6-spd Auto (22 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the A7 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the GS 350 AWD 6-speed Auto (22 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

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

The A7 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS Series (19.3 vs. 17.4 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 GS Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 GS Series 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 GS Series 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 GS Series:

A7

GS Series

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.2 inches

The A7 stops much shorter than the GS Series:

A7

GS Series

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the GS Series (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R18). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GS Series (255/40R20 vs. 235/40R19).

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 GS Series F Sport’s 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the GS Series. The A7 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the GS Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A7’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the GS Series (115.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 3 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the GS Series.

The A7 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the GS 350 pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the GS Series’ (36.4 feet vs. 36.8 feet). The A7’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the GS Series AWD’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A7 Prestige is quieter than the GS 350:

A7

GS Series

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

69 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

64 dB

Passenger Space

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The A7 has .2 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS Series.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A7’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GS Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The A7 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The GS Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 GS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 GS Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 GS Series isn’t in the top three.

The Audi A7/S7/RS 7 outsold the Lexus GS Series by 47% during the 2019 model year.

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