2020 Audi S7 vs. 2020 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S7 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the S7 and 5 Series Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S7 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 5 Series Sedan’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S7. But it costs extra on the 5 Series Sedan.

Both the S7 and the 5 Series Sedan 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 196 more horsepower (444 vs. 248) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 258) than the 530i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 109 more horsepower (444 vs. 335) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 331) than the 540i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The S7 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 5 Series Sedan (19.3 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 5 Series Sedan:

S7

530i

M550i

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S7 has larger tires than the 5 Series Sedan (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R18). The S7’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 5 Series Sedan (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).

The S7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 5 Series Sedan’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S7 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 5 Series Sedan. The S7’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 5 Series Sedan.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the S7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the 5 Series Sedan, 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 1.9 inches wider in the front and .2 inches wider in the rear than on the 5 Series Sedan.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the S7’s rear seats recline. The 5 Series Sedan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Servicing Ease

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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.

Ergonomics

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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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The S7 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the 5 Series Sedan.

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