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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi S7 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 old Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The S7 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 old Rapide doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The S7 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 old 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 S7 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The old Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Audi S7 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 old Rapide doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
A passive infrared night vision system standard on the S7 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 old Rapide doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The S7’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The S7 has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The old 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 S7’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 old Rapide doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the S7’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 old Rapide doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The S7 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 old 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 S7 and the old 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.
The S7 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The old Rapide’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
The S7’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the old Rapide’s (12 vs. 10 years).
There are almost 9 times as many Audi dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the S7’s warranty.
Regenerative brakes improve the S7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the S7’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 old 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 S7 higher (5 out of 10) than the Aston Martin old Rapide (3). This means the S7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the old Rapide every 15,000 miles.
The S7’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 old Rapide doesn’t offer launch control.
For better traction, the S7 has larger tires than the old Rapide (255/40R20 vs. 245/40R20).
The S7’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 old Rapide’s 40 series front tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S7 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The old Rapide’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The front and rear suspension of the S7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the old Rapide, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S7 is 2.5 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the old Rapide.
For better maneuverability, the S7’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the old Rapide’s (40 feet vs. 41 feet).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the S7 a Mid-size car, while the old Rapide is rated a Subcompact.
The S7 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the old Rapide can only carry 4.
The S7 has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the old Rapide (95 vs. 83).
The S7 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 old Rapide.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the S7’s rear seats recline. The old Rapide’s rear seats don’t recline.
The S7 has a much larger trunk than the old 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 S7. The old Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S7’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
A Service Interval Display is standard on the S7 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals 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 old Rapide.
The S7’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The old Rapide doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The S7 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 old Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
Audi Advanced Key standard on the S7 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 old 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 S7 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The old Rapide doesn’t offer headlight washers.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the S7 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The old Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the S7 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The old 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 S7 has standard extendable sun visors. The old Rapide doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The S7’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The old Rapide’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the S7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The old Rapide doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The S7 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The old Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold winter days, the S7’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The S7 offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the old Rapide.
The S7’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 old Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the S7 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 old Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the S7 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The old Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi S7 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The old Rapide doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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