2020 Dodge Charger SRT vs. 2020 Audi S7

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Safety

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The Charger SRT 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 S7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Charger SRT and the S7 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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The Dodge Charger SRT’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the S7’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 6 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The Charger SRT’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 263 more horsepower (707 vs. 444) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 443) than the S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid. The Charger SRT Daytona’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 273 more horsepower (717 vs. 444) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 443) than the S7’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Charger SRT 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 S7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Charger SRT has larger tires than the S7 (305/35R20 vs. 255/40R20).

The Charger SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S7’s standard 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger SRT’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the S7 (120.4 inches vs. 115.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Charger SRT’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the S7’s (39 feet vs. 40 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger SRT a Large car, while the S7 is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger SRT has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S7 (104.7 vs. 95).

The Charger SRT has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S7.

Ergonomics

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The Charger SRT has a standard 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 S7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Charger SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The S7 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Charger SRT’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The S7’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger SRT to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The S7 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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The Dodge Charger outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by almost 20 to one during 2019.

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