2020 Audi S7 vs. 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

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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 8 Series Gran Coupe 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 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S7. But it costs extra on the 8 Series Gran Coupe.

Both the S7 and the 8 Series Gran Coupe 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, 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 109 more horsepower (444 vs. 335) and 75 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 368) than the 840i Gran Coupe’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 8 Series Gran Coupe (19.3 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi S7 higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe (3). This means the S7 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 8 Series Gran Coupe every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S7’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 8 Series Gran Coupe:

S7

8 Series Gran Coupe

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

15.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S7 has larger tires than the 8 Series Gran Coupe (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R18).

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 840i Gran Coupe’s standard 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S7 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 840i Gran Coupe. The S7’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the 8 Series Gran Coupe.

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 8 Series Gran Coupe, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better maneuverability, the S7’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the 840i Gran Coupe’s (40 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The S7’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the M850i Gran Coupe’s (40 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

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The S7 is 4.2 inches shorter than the 840i Gran Coupe, making the S7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The S7 has .1 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Gran Coupe.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the S7’s rear seats recline. The 8 Series Gran Coupe’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 8 Series Gran Coupe 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 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The S7 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 8 Series Gran Coupe.

Recommendations

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The Audi A7/S7/RS 7 outsold the BMW 8 Series by 12% during 2019.

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