2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Audi A7

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Safety

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The 300 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 300 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Engine

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The 300’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 28 more horsepower (363 vs. 335) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 369) than the A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The A7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler 300 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The A7 requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler 300, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A7.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 300 V8/AWD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

300 V8/AWD

A7

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

The 300 stops shorter than the A7:

300

A7

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the 300 can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The A7 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the A7 (120 inches vs. 115.2 inches).

Chassis

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The Chrysler 300 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Audi A7.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the 300 a Large car, while the A7 is rated a Mid-size.

The 300 has 11.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (106.3 vs. 95).

The 300 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the A7.

Ergonomics

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The 300 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The 300’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The A7’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 300 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A7 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the 300 (except Limited) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

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The 300 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $4590 to $7140 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $30352 to $38044 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by almost six to one during 2019.

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